• After-Sprawl

    After-Sprawl
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    • After-Sprawl

      With the publication of ‘God’s own junkyard’, the planned deterioration of America’s landscape by Peter Blake in 1964, ‘sprawl’, or the occupation of the landscape, the empty space, became a topic in urban planning. Prior to this, sprawl was nothing more than a latent phenomenon that remained locked in the subconscious of the discipline. However, sprawl is still talked about in extremely general terms, and usually from a negative, global and generalizing point of view. From that perspective sprawl stands for chaos, a lack of structure or demonstrable catalysts. But chaos can also be understood as nothing more than a complex form of order, subject to processes and laws that are still unfamiliar. The research project After-Sprawl, Research on the contemporary city, consists out of an atlas part and a project part.

      In the atlas part, sprawl is mapped in different areas in Europe. Corine landcover maps for the different sprawl regions in Europe are dissected in different layers: built, infrastructure and unbuilt. Out of this mapping, the concept of negative space is developed.

      The idea is to develop spatial strategies for the unbuilt space instead of the built and infrastructure. The unbuilt space, this is nature, left-overs, agriculture etc. is used to create spatial conditions that introduce new uses, development strategies as well as strong images for certain sprawl areas.

      In the project part, possible strategies illustrate how this negative space can become a useful instrument in introducing spatial qualities in the sprawl condition.

      With the publication of ‘God’s own junkyard’, the planned deterioration of America’s landscape by Peter Blake in 1964, ‘sprawl’, or the occupation of the landscape, the empty space, became a topic in urban planning. Prior …

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      research study, completed

      Year2001-2002

      Procedureresearch study

      Statuscompleted

      ClientdeSingel Internationale Kunstcampus

      ArchitectsXaveer De Geyter, Lieven De Boeck − Pier Vittorio Aureli, Maarten Gheysen, Yuichiro Suzuki