Field Work


Research, mapping and documentation of urban sanctuaries and ‘free states’ in Amsterdam
when 2008-2010  where Amsterdam  with Anne Holtrop and Fonds BKVB, Commissioned by evdh, studio for the urban landscape  

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Research, mapping and documentation of urban sanctuaries and ‘free states’ in Amsterdam to redefine the conventional perception of nature in an urban environment and give meaning to free forms of land use. Not the obvious recreational nature of parks and gardens with clear lawns, flower beds and paths, but the less obvious forms of nature as it appears in the fringes of the city but also in many other places (courtyards, roofs, piers, walls, railway embankments, viaducts, flyovers, wastelands ) has a life of its own. The hidden nature as a refuge for urban dwellers.

The starting point is not so much the ecological aspects of nature but rather the social public interest to intensive land use in the city and seek a sense of freedom and happiness and urban cultural diversity.

Examples of urban sanctuaries and vigilant free states in Amsterdam:
Hortus VU, Huis te Vraag, Surinam allotment garden Amsterdam Zuidoost