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There is, of course, great Dutch architecture. There is a great amount of thinking in city architecture about social spaces, renovation of city blocks, inclusiveness, etcetera. There are no places of exclusion like the (new) American ghetto or the French banlieu. This is mostly the case for city architecture, though. Through the google image search, you can see some of the same thinking applied to suburban housing, here.

The problem with this Vinex housing is that it was thought up by bureaucrats for the middle classes, for whom avantguardist or just progressive thinking is not thought to be relevant. A kind of soft bigotry. It's just house, tree, car, and how do we give them their own without turning the whole country into an American style suburb. More thinking was applied to the management of masses and transportation than to how these people would live.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Sat Feb 24th, 2007 at 02:02:21 PM EST
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