Notorious Bijlmer

The Bijlmermeer can be considered the only ghetto in the Netherlands. It had a very optimistic start in the sixties, but soon the enthusiasm for this radical residential area turned into fear-for-the-unknown. Fed by heavily economized execution, bad publicity and lack of understanding by the general public the Bijlmer turned into a freak circus of urbanism.

A renewal operation started mid nineties. The honeycomb slabs were replaced by mostly suburban substance. The PR seemed to work. The ticking time bomb was diffused; the Bijlmer became ‘normal’. Almost.

But this year alone 22 shootings were reported in the area. Gangster’s Paradise?

You could wonder whether the standard body armor that is required on building sites -Hard Tops and Steel Cap Boots- here still is sufficient… But according to the contractor, on the construction site of our project on the Karspeldreef there is no need for Bulletproof Vests.

http://www.nlarchitects.nl/www/under-construction/Kameleon

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