On to social urban spaces!
Meantime construction sites

What happened to building sites in the past? Nothing, they were left undeveloped. Today many sites are used 'ad interim'. The advantages: cities have more flexible spaces and residents witness empty and obscure sites transform into temporary public venues.

Undeveloped land gets new meaning

Bert Dirrix of architectural office Diederendirrix calls the Luciferterrein in Eindhoven "a forgotten place". “Nothing happened and no-one even noticed it was still there”. He therefore organized a temporary event together with the residents and local entrepreneurs. “On site, there was catering, a black-and-white documentary and the echoing abstract sound of machines”. The venue was open for ten days and attracted 150 to 200 visitors a night. It turned out to be a fly-wheel for historical tales and thoughts on the purpose of the site. Dirrix: “It's all about creating social urban spaces: by involving the community, empty spaces will once again get meaning”.

Stones come to life at building sites in Rotterdam

There are many construction sites in the city centre of Rotterdam. The city council believes that despite the many building sites, the city centre needs to remain attractive. Bureau Binnenstad's project manager Marieke Hoekstra: “That is why Rotterdam Festivals has come up with a surprising concept for us. Parfum de BoemBoem seduces residents and visitors to experience changes in the city. A series of cycling tours that inspire visitors lead past the most important building sites in Rotterdam. During the tour, participants talk to architects and storytellers. And just like that, stones come to life”.

A different perspective on station surroundings

Rotterdam Central Station is an enormous construction site; and this will remain for the years to come. In order to satisfy and involve travellers in the building process, the city council had a lifelike clock installed at the end of 2009. The Central Station is about coming and going, and arriving on time. From 27 to 28 November, Mark Formanek organized the Standard Time production, a 24-hour breathtaking show. Every minute, 36 construction workers adjusted the time of the 4 meters high and twelve meters wide clock.