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Dérive in Zutphen

In November 2018 I explored the industrial area of ​​Zutphen, located on the IJssel and the railway. Guided by curiosity, a walking trail developped. This area is in transition: the old industry disappears from the railway side to make way for new living blocks. Behind the immaculate, yet anonymous houses there is a wasted industrial zone with an astonishing mix of architectural styles. It is also a wild nature zone, because after the demolition of the factories and the old houses, the trees and shrubs have been left behind.

The zone is most interesting on sites where buildings have disappeared.

On this site, a factory has been demolished. Spontanuous new vegetation mixes now with the garden that was in front of the factory up to a new landscape.

 

Here, every building is demolished except for a tiny house. The types of rocks and blocks on the heaps show the different time periods in which the disappeared buildings were built.

 

This back-side of two big warehouses offers a green void among the functionally designed architecture. Although it is nearly winter, flowers are still growing here.

 

The end of this street appeared to be a dead end, however, behind this dead end there is another world, hidden in containers.

Here, an entire housing block was demolished. The special and exotic plants that are growing here reveil that the gardens were not removed. The site has the opportunity of becoming a unique park if these gardens may further go up in the new vegetation.

 

09-11-2018 at 12:31:09

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On November 22th, during the manifestation of the Gelderland Prize for Spatial Quality, I returned with a small group of participants to these sites. I asked them to think about what film scenes could be shot on every location. Each participant was also invited to point to other sites that he or she found interesting. True stories about the history of the places were enriched with our fantasies about, for example, secret functions of the buildings and events that could have happened on the spot.

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