Tagged: history

Future plan of Oostplein in Rotterdam, including reconstruction of windmill De Noord and greening of the public space

The Return of the Windmill, part 2

Half a year ago I made an artist impression of windmill De Noord, reconstructed at the Oostplein in Rotterdam. That action remained not completely unnoticed; it’s time for an update. Together with Gyz la Riviere, whose film Rotterdam 2040 inspired me to create the visualization, I launched a campaign to raise awareness of the possibility of rebuilding the windmill. We had 2000 postcards printed, which we distributed in local bars, restaurants and other places: Polictics and media Also the mayor and aldermen, political parties and the media received a copy. The AD/Rotterdams Dagblad published an article which evoked enthusiastic responses...

Fragment of the double street map of Rotterdam which compares the streets, blocks and harbours of the city in 1939 and 2014

Rotterdam: a Tale of Two Cities

If you’ve been reading my blog (for example, take the article on the old Bijenkorf or windmill De Noord) you know that I’m really interested in the history and architecture of Rotterdam. And that’s not just because I live there. What fascinates me is that there are actually two different cities. These two cities share the same location, but are separated from each other by time. With one major breaking point: the day of the bombing, May 14, 1940. Of course, other cities have changed enormously as well since, say, the thirties. But nowhere the changes have been as dramatic...

Artist impression of Windmill De Noord, reconstructed on the refurbished and greened Oostplein in Rotterdam

Rotterdam, Oostplein: Return of the Windmill

A few weeks ago I saw on Vimeo the movie Rotterdam 2040, created by Gyz la Riviere. Highly recommended: the film is full of archival footage of Rotterdam in various eras. The film also makes you think about the typical Rotterdam tendency to constantly demolish historic buildings for the sake of progress, or for other reasons. Of course, the German Air Force in 1940 had a disproportionate share of the demolition. But you would expect that people would be more careful with what was left, precisely because of that bombing. But the opposite happened. Many buildings that could have been...

The demolished Old Bijenkorf department store in Rotterdam by architect Dudok, as seen from the Schieland tower and surrounded by present day highrise buildings

The Unknown Side of Dudok

Two years ago I made the Bijenkorf triptych , as a homage to a legendary building with a tragic history: the old Bijenkorf department store in Rotterdam by architect W.M. Dudok. Maybe the most beautiful building that was constructed in the Netherlands in the twentieth century, but after only ten years, it was largely destroyed by German bombs. The part that survived the bombing was patched up and served twenty years as a department store and as storage but was finally demolished in 1960. The documentary City of Light by Peter Veenendaal tells the complete story about this lost architectural...

Images of Gouda cheese combined with sketches of houses and town hall at Gouda's market square, as part of a proposal for a Welcome Wall near the railway station

A City of Cheese

The City Marketing board of Gouda (yes, home of the famous cheese) recently organized a design competition for a Welcome Wall, composed of canvases with a height of 4 meters and a total length of 63 meters. The structure is going to beautify a windowless wall next to the station, and should, according the contest conditions, evoke a warm and positive image of the city. Cheese and history Typical Gouda themes like cheese and cultural history should find their way into the design. I took that last condition quite literally by combining images of all types of Gouda cheese with...

Overview of the renovated Perry-dock in Flushing, the Netherlands

Return to Flushing, part 1

(see also Return to Flushing, part 2) On Sunday March 16th Dutch Railways offered free travel for everybody who showed the book that Tommy Wieringa wrote for the Books Week. A great opportunity to take a look in Flushing again. A mere two hours travel from Rotterdam, spend mainly reading the book. Around 2006, I worked on the plans that VHP made for the site of the shipyard De Schelde. A promising and ambitious project for this area bordering downtown Flushing, reusing many historical features. Renovation of Perry’s Dock Now, eight years later, the developments still need to get going....

The fortifications and city of of Venlo in the 17th century, based on the map in the atlas by Joan Blaeu

Return to Venlo: the fortifications reconstructed

This image is in fact a spin-off of the Koninginneplein project in Venlo. The glass panels of the railing show the fortifications that were once on that location. To make the design for the panels I created a 3D model of the medieval city with its impressive system of walls, canals, towers and gates. Later I realized that I also could edit that model in 3ds max, with this aerial view as a result. The colors of Blaeu The 3D model is based on the map by Joan Blaeu in 1649. Also the colors were inspired by that historical picture....