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Het Nieuwe Instituut’s archives contain a number of photographs and design drawings of the Bijlmermeer, a suburb to the southeast of Amsterdam that was developed from 1962 under the direction of Siegfried Nassuth. Landscaping always played an important role in the various design issues that the Bijlmermeer has raised over the years. This podcast investigates the sociological ideas at the basis of these green spaces, and how they were viewed by architects, urban planners and residents in later years.

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Archive Explorations: Green in the City

Since the introduction of the lockdown – a measure used to combat the spread of the coronavirus – we are more aware than ever of the relaxing and healing power of being in green spaces. The idea that ‘nature’ has a positive effect on our physical and mental health is not new: many of the green spaces in the Netherlands are based on this idea. In the series of podcasts Green in the City, part of Archive Explorations, Naomi Steijger seeks answers to the questions: how have garden and landscape architects and urban planners approached the concept over the years? What were their ideas and how do we view them now?

17:00 – 18:00

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
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Archives and collections at Het Nieuwe Instituut that contain documents about the Bijlmer

Literature consulted

  • T. Alberts, Een organisch bouwwerk. Architectuur en spiritualiteit, Uitgeverij Kosmos, Utrecht/Amsterdam, 1990;
  • D. Dekker, De betonnen droom. De biografie van de Bijlmer en zijn eigenzinnige bouwmeester (Siegfried Nassuth), Amsterdam, Thomas Rap, 2016;
  • P. Mason e.a., De functionele stad: De CIAM en Cornelis van Eesteren, 1928-1960, NAi publishers, Rotterdam, 2007;
  • M. van Stralen, Siegfried Nassuth, oeuvreprijs 1998, stichting fonds voor beeldnde kunsten vormgeving en bouwkunst, Amsterdam, 1998;
  • F. Wassenberg, Large housing estates: ideas, rise, fall and recovery. The Bijlmermeer and beyond, Proefschrift Technische Universiteit Delft, IOS Press BV, 2013;
  • De Bijlmer, een stad apart, presentatieboekje, 1966, archief Nassuth, 2016 (niet geïnventariseerd).

Online resources consulted

Thursday Night at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Luca Napoli

Thursday Night Live! is a weekly programme of lectures, screenings and discussions on architecture, design and digital culture. Developments and critical insights are discussed by thinkers, designers and makers from the Netherlands and abroad.