AGENCY is a portrait of the disused dockyard ‘ADM’. Once a ship-wharf located on the westbank of the river, it became a disused property in the late 80’s, when shipbuilding companies went elsewhere or out of business. The city had no use for the area, but a squatting community found residence on the desolate landscape. Langendijk portrays the people that have transformed this industrial environment into a creative place for experimental living, close to the city, yet untouched by the development at hand. The ADM community functions as an example of autonomous micro societies that appropriate space and make place through small innovations and alterations of the existing build environment. These open spaces leave room for those without power to get to make a history and a culture, a type of making that has given our cities their cosmopolitanism and creative appeal. The ADM community had to vacate the area in January 2019.
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