TOFUD # Amsterdam Zuidas
Artist in residence and exhibition Virtueel Museum Zuidas 2010
My project on the Zuidas was realized in tofud: my ‘Temporary Office For Urban Development’. I set up this office every time a concrete situation presents itself. This time it was in the Sint Nicolaas chapel, part of the Sint Nicolaas complex in the Beatrix Parkthat has been confiscated by Amsterdam’s Zuidas – an environment that is inversely proportional to the area for which the monastery and the accompanying secondary school must eventually make way. Tofud is a long-term project that examines the development of cities and urban areas. Starting with a situation that is undergoing development, it creates a completely different picture for the future. It looks at how a particular city district could grow in a situation where spatial conditions are not delimitedby financial and political considerations. It even defines the laws of gravity. In particular, tofud provides models for spatial planning that can act as a catalyst for the thinking on a certain area and the actions ensuing from this. It does not present any final pictures; rather, it offers ideas and guidelines along which a city can develop. These models can be the foundation for an alternative urban design model. In the first instance, however, they constitute matter for discussion.
Photography by Ron Zijlstra. All rights reserved Ron Zijlstra, Amsterdam.