Within my research it seems unavoidable to detach myself from architectural practice. I do not see myself as an architect unlike i do as an artist. So it seems that like those who appreciate art but do not make I myself am the same with architecture. Rietveld Landscape Bunker 599 project below is one such example that stopped me in my tracks whilst searching links and digging past the day to day. This project repurposes a once functional defence, something that is part history and part scar on our landscape. The way Rietveld Landscape have opened this bunker up, renewing its existence. One such structure that was designed to be impregnable is now light and bare to the elements. It looks like it is now part of its surroundings and is at home rather than being imposed.
This is one of many successful projects Rietveld Landscape has done and is planning. The Dutch Atlas of Vacancy is another project of particular interest.
The Dutch Atlas of Vacancy, as part of the installation ‘Vacant NL, where architecture meets ideas’ calls upon the Dutch government to make use of the enormous potential of inspiring, temporarily unoccupied buildings from the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries for innovation within the creative knowledge economy.
This idea of making visible the vacant property, this potential that is in existence yet not being utilised is realised through this map. Begs one to question how much space is left underused. By making this public discussion can arise.
Take a look at their website.