Place or No Place?
Isolation and Homogenization in the Dutch Man-Made Landscape

Dutch landscapes have been under pressure by increasing suburbanization. Nature and agricultural landscapes are destroyed to construct new suburban areas. Over the past 30 years this trend was very strong in Flevoland. The Haarlemmermeerpolder and more recently the so-called “Vinexwijken” projects are also good examples of increasing suburbanization in our collective quest for the ‘ideal’ home.

But is this home really ideal?

The project Place or No Place? highlights the isolation and homogenization of these newly built suburban communities. These ‘new’ master planned communities lack character and soul due to the absence of viable commerce, street decorations or other specific characteristics. Because of this every place is like no place in particular.