old utopias for a new world

  • Debate
  • Lecture
  • Space Invaders

Date: 16.04.16
Time: 16:00 – 18:00
Location: Flyover Kleinpolderplein. Entrance at Texaco gas station, Stadhoudersweg 215.
Tickets: € 3,00


The Kleinpolderplein-junction was completed in 1972 as the first four-storey flyover of Europe. Built as the ultimate modern project and a motor of Rotterdam’s reconstruction economy, it is now mostly seen as a source of pollution and fragmentation.

What are the ideas and dreams embedded in the development of the post-war highway and its establishment as an icon of modernity? Which politics underpin them? And could new infra-utopias replace the old ones? With our feet on the asphalt and our faces towards the skyline Space Invaders #1 will discuss the historical foundations and possible futures of the highway with Mark Pimlott and Wouter Vanstiphout.

Mark Pimlott is an artist, designer, writer and teacher, whose practice encompasses installation, photography, film, art for public spaces and interior design. He has taught architecture and visual arts since 1986 and wrote about the American motorway system as an intrinsic social and political project in his 2007 book Without and within. He is currently assistant professor in TU Delft’s Chair of Interiors Buildings Cities .

Wouter Vanstiphout is an architectural historian, founding member of Crimson Architectural Historians, and professor of Design & Politics. He has written extensively on urbanism, specializing in the urban renewal of post-war cities. As a practitioner he has directed the renewal of Hoogvliet, the Dutch industrial satellite town of Rotterdam. Since 2012 he is member of the national advisory council on the environment and infrastructure (RLI).

The talk is moderated by Sereh Mandias & Thijs Barendse (De Dépendance)

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