The Modern City



The Netherlands is a welfare state where everything is being planned and organized from above. However, the welfare state is changing into a knowledge society in which more and more people are willing and able to do things themselves. Meanwhile, the government has fewer resources at its disposal to continue the current form of management and care. This change affects the entire society.
Urban design as creator of the physical environment and planning state as we know it at point of change.

“How plannable is the modern city?”

To get a grip on this ‘modern city’ we investigated important events in the past and what the consequences of these were on the planability. These events came in four main themes;

“Science, Economics, Politics, Space and Population”

These themes are put in a timeline and by using the history research we’ve determinated four scenarios who represent the future possibilities. These scenarios will each give a different response to the form and degree of planability.

“Healthcare City, Individual City, Creative City and Digital City”

To test the results of the scenarios there is a toolbox which shows various interventions. These are applicable in the Netherlands. ‘The Creative City “ was chosen and tested in the district Utrecht Overvecht.

(this product was made as a group assignment for the NHTV university of applied sciences. Group members were: Johan v. Ruijven, Daniëlle Hollants, Marina Samveljan, Gaby Rasenberg, Mathieu Vane, Thijs Peterka & Diederik Vane) 


Development principles of the Modern City Toolbox made by Danielle Hollants and Diederik Vane

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