by Dion Bierdrager
The work is an ode to my neighbourhood Slotermeer in Amsterdam. The images are questioning the effects that the recent real estate developments will have on the future of the neighbourhood.
View from a window in my block View from a window in my block.
The buildings were designed by avant-garde architects such as Bernard Bijvoet; Aldo van Eyck; Jan Rietveld; Dirk Slebos and Allert Warners, inspired by Le Corbusier and under the inspiring leadership of Cornelis van Eesteren. The post-war optimism and urban development ideals of that time burst out from the designs. The key words while designing these neighbourhoods were light; space and air. Currently, most houses are outdated and some will be demolished in the next few years. Including my house.
This is the construction of the new vertical garden. An expensive and sustainable 18 Stories residential building which is visible from the perspective of the neighbourhood. With prices of the houses rising every year and the amount of social rent-controlled housing decreasing, I ask myself the question: For whom are we building our future cities?