Uri Ben-Ari with Your-space and Plan V (Toos Nijssen & Ron Eijkman), Jan Schevers & TU/e School of Architecture, Remote Material of Implication, Marjan Wester, Jozua Zaagman
An ongoing project seeking to redefine adaptive reuse in the city of Eindhoven
Day of Architecture: 26-27 June, La Citta Mobile, Vestdijk 133, Eindhoven
26 June 12 to 19hrs, with a special evening programme at Lucas Gasselstraat 7a at 21hrs. 27 June 13 to 19hrs, with presentation and discussion from 15-17hrs (TU/e School of Architecture, Stichting Ruimte, Freek Lomme and others)
The Instatements project will facilitate an ongoing series of mappings, discussions and actions to create a new set of relationships between buildings and streets, residents and newcomers, planners and users, old and new in the city of Eindhoven. The value of temporary status as a relevant solution to urban stagnation and zoning must be acknowledged. By deconstructing the hitherto acceptable forms of adaptive reuse, this project seeks to map out the potential of malleable spaces, or kneedbare ruimtes, and to create an inclusive platform from which to redefine adaptive reuse, through a variety of disciplines.
For Architecture Day, 2010, Instatements invites a set of selected players from the fields of design, art, theory and architecture to act as “tinkerers” who may experiment and mix different methods and techniques to realise, or partly realise a set of proposals for the centre of Eindhoven. This presentation kick starts a programme which will run for the rest of the year, aiming to re-examine future scenarios that instate the possibility of temporary reuse and flexible adaptation as part of a feasible and sustainable solution for real city participation.
The presentation on 26-27 June, 2010 will take place at La Cittá Mobile, Eindhoven and other locations in the city.
Instatements was initiated by architect, Uri Ben-Ari in collaboration with Your-space, Van Abbemuseum. For more details see: http://instatements.tumblr.com
Uri Ben-Ari and Clare Butcher
The question of what kind of city we want cannot be divorced from that of what kind of social ties, relationship to nature, lifestyles, technologies and aesthetic values we desire. The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city. It is, moreover, a common rather than an individual right since this transformation inevitably depends upon the exercise of a collective power to reshape the processes of urbanization. The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is…one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights. David Harvey, “The Right to the City”, New Left Review 53 Sept Oct 2008
These words, published at the same moment as the financial crash, remind us of what cities mean both in times of recession and out of them. The city of Eindhoven has seen so many changes: its once “stagnant” zones have become major hubs of industry, its size has more than trebled in 100 years, and its character has shifted from agrarian, to industrial, to technological, to creative. What does this say for the people using, and if Harvey is correct, making this city?
The Instatements project asks a group of city users – artists, architects, designers, or simply neighbours working and living in the area of Irisbuurt, Eindhoven – to reflect on what usership and malleability of this urban context means to them. Once the heart of Eindhoven’s light industry – cigar manufacturing and textiles to name a few – many of the sites of production around Irisbuurt have been left vacant in recent years, opening the city once again to the prospect of transformation. But what are the wishes and needs of those currently using the sites as they are, in the window before formal development occurs? Those with social, aesthetic, practical and memory ties.
Instatements seeks to adapt and reuse the theme for this year’s Days of Architecture: “herbestemming and hergebruik”, and create a platform to present less plannable models for using “in-between” former industrial spaces. We ask: what makes a building worth reusing? How can we dynamise the lull in urban building projects, and take advantage of developers’ ‘decisions not to decide’ about the futures of certain sites? What are the possibilities of temporary reuse of city space, ones that result in sustainable models rather than precarious circumstances?
These key questions will be taken up in an ongoing re-instating of the notion of adaptive reuse in Eindhoven. Over the next months we will build an archive, open to contributions by anyone wishing to participate, a series of discussions and a publication. These instatements are only the beginning as we remake our city, and with that, ourselves.
The Instatements archive includes a head-count of abandoned, demolished, and recently reused industrial structures in the city of Eindhoven. Using objective attributes such as floor space, building height and proximity to the city centre, an initial architectural vocabulary forms the basis of an urban study aiming to generate public and municipal awareness and feedback before moving into future stages of the project.
Plan V - Toos Nijssen and Ron Eijkman have worked together to produce a series around their current studio on the Lucas Gasselstraat and its relationship with the neighbourhood. The building itself is unremarkable from the outside though it has housed artists and musicians for the past 20 years. Plan V take stock of the site’s memory, made even more significant in light of its planned demolition in September, 2010.
Remote Materials of Implication (RMI) – is a project cooperation of independent artists and designers working in Irisbuurt. They consider the city as a manifestation and representation of a society’s aspirations. By making visible the inner workings that these imaginations are based upon, they intend to remind the city of the knowledge that was needed to produce itself, and that it will continue to need to sustain itself – both materially and politically: a knowledge of construction, workmanship, reparation and adaptation. In presenting an alternate imagining of the city, they present the tools required to keep a democratic society alive.
Architect Jan Schevers with Niels Groeneveld, Ryanne Janssen, Gertjan Rohaan and Raoul Vleugels (TU/e School of Architecture) – are beginning a long-term project investigating the real meaning of the Germanic word ‘Struktur’ in the reuse of industrial space in Eindhoven. The word pertains to so much more than load bearing or function, and actually indicates a less tangible notion of patterns and relationships between the different parts of a building and the whole.
*On Sunday 27 June 15-17 hrs the group will present the outcomes of their first meeting and proposal for the coming months.
Marjan Wester engages in a kind of inventorisation of industrial architecture in Eindhoven. She abstracts portions of familiar facades, flips walls on their sides, removes our common sense of gravity and proportion - transforming the way we see the everyday built environment around us. The scale of her Monochromes and City Parts series monumentalizes a cityscape which will surely not last forever.
Jozua Zaagman presents a brownfield at the edge of the Irisbuurt, on the corner of Breitnerstraat and Stuiverstraat, used by residents of Irisbuurt. What started as a spontaneous initiative by a municipal landscaper from the area, sowing an assortment of flowers in the field during his free time, has attracted more residents using the site as a kind of unofficial public space. Jozua Zaagman incorporates photographs taken by Jan van Hal in his interpretation of this valuable, fragile landmark.