Almere is probably the Netherlands’ most famous example of a new town. First developed in 1976, but thought of and planned long before, is built on an artificial island to the east of Amsterdam. Apart from being ‘new land’ in the physical sense, it was also new in the social sense, lacking the character of a ‘place’ until its first inhabitants arrived. In his research, Yannis Tzaninis unravels the past, present and future of Almere by analysing its demographic and structural changes, and especially the perspectives of current and former inhabitants regarding life in the town. His aim is to shed light on historical processes of space production and the ‘everyday’ through the experiences of residents.
I. Tzaninis: Building Utopias on Sand. The Production of Space in Almere and the Future of Suburbia.
Prof. J.C. Rath
Prof. W.G.J. Duyvendak
Dr W.R. Boterman
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