rewriting of the rewritten ground

Josephine Goverts


In the 1970s and 1980s, the influence of Katendrecht residents on the peninsula’s rapidly changing urban outlook was not as visible as that of the industrial powers. To the dismay of the people of Katerendrecht, none of the commissioned plans have been carried out over the years. These plans accumulated over time and were eventually taken to the city archive, where they sat collecting dust. By superimposing the plans from 1970 to 1980 on the current map of Katendrecht, one large zone of conflict, the area of the now-defunct Bazaltstraat, was revealed. A neighborhood that has changed the most in the last 60 years. The land is constantly being rewritten as a result of the machine’s constant erasure of urban planning. In this case, however, the layering creates a potential clash. By rewriting it through people rather than by machine. This moment of reclaiming and emphasizing these opposing forces piqued my interest. By fusing these speculative spaces with the unpredictability of 3D-ceramic printers, a lack of control is welcomed. Making intense transitions between mediums and plan layers.

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