On show in the Van Abbemuseum during the Dutch Design Week 2007 is the exhibition ‘Cityplan- The most modern design for Eindhoven’. It expands on the spectacular city expansion plan designed by architects Van den Broek en Bakema at the end of the sixties, giving their view on the city of Eindhoven. Jean Leering, director of the Van Abbemuseum at that time, organised an exhibition to illustrate this Cityplan. The decision making process was cause for a many rumors at the time. In the end, the Cityplan was rejected. The current exhibition gives insight in the original Cityplan, and also shows the exhibition as it was then and to what extend this exhibition contributed to the decision-making process.
Lecture & Debate
As part of the Dutch Design Week, the Van Abbemuseum and the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) are organising a lecture by Frans Hooykaas on the Cityplan and the current state of the inner city of Eindhoven.
The lecture, followed by a debate, takes place in the Auditorium of the Van Abbemuseum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Admission is free.
Accompanying the exhibition is the book ‘Cityplan Eindhoven (1967 - 1970) Het modernste ontwerp voor de stad’ (Eindhoven Cityplan [1967 – 1970] The most modern design for Eindhoven), published by Walburg Pers and written by Hans Schippers, with contributions by Jos Bosman and Kees Doevendans.
ISBN 9789857305290, €15
Photo: Van de Broek and Bakema, Photomontage with an aerial photo of Eindhoven and a model of the Cityplan, 1968, collection Broek en Bakema / Jan Vrijhhoff / Dutch Photomuseum