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ART-e-FACT, STRATEGIES OF RESISTANCE   ISSUE #03, TECHNOMYTHOLOGIES
 

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Lara Badurina

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Carlos Garaicoa

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Bik Van der Pol

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Hilary Koob-Sassen

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  In the scale model of 'la cité des ingenieurs" the hierarchy becomes apparent in the different sizes of the buildings.
 
 
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The social positions of the inhabitants were taking inside the BP company correspond with the size of the house.
 
  a monument.

 
The layout of the area aims to generate a sense of 'neighbourhoodliness' which can also be seen as paternalistic;
 
  and of course the company as a social working area.
 
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During the past years, the area has been maintained in a representable state

  as if the inhabitants will return any minute
Model City
(Courtesy of Frac Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque and the artists)
Bik Van der Pol

   


Model City
A project for Frac Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque
Bik Van der Pol

‘La cité des ingenieurs' is a small housing area located in the harbor area of Dunkerque, right next to the BP oil refineries. This housing area, with its lay out of green, space, and spacious houses, is built according to the modernist principles of the garden village, and reflects the ideals and ambiguities of 20th century Western thinking in urban and industrial planning. The area is imbued with optimism and a strong belief in the increasing development of mankind, endless economical growth and welfare for all, with the production of oil as the motor behind this. People live near their work, and in such a way are supposed to engage with it. They are available all the time. The area is laid out to generate a sense of 'neighbourhoodness' with a communal playground, a tennis court and the BP company as working area. The social positions of the employees corresponded with the size of the house they used to inhabit. Model City, the model of ‘La cité des ingenieurs', clearly shows this hierarchy.

Since 4-5 years this area has been deserted: pollution appeared to be at such an intolerable level that it was considered irresponsible to allow people to live there any longer. Despite that, the area has been maintained in a representable state: the houses are well maintained, the grass of the lawn cut, and the children's playground looks like the children will return any minute.

The area of ‘La cité des ingenieurs' seems to be functioning as a critical model, a monument. By ‘just being there’, ‘La cité des ingenieurs' represents a way of thinking and acting, in the flow of time, incorporating, in a sense, all these different layers of the nature of its idealism, history, life and critique. Being disguised as an architectural form, it raises questions about the nature of living, about institutionalization, about capitalisation and economisation of space and about the public and private sphere. It also raised questions about labour, employment policies and environmental issues. Now that is impossible to live there or to make these houses productive in any other way, this model takes a critical status, by placing memory back in the archive of knowledge again, using the space of this model as a vehicle for recovering and tracing this memory.

 

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Model City
(Courtesy of Frac Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque and the artists)
Bik Van der Pol

 

Model City consisted of an installation in the FRAC, a series of tours to ‘La cité des ingenieurs', and discussions with with Jean Attali (urban philosopher, Paris), city planners, journalists and former inhabitants of the area. Model City is accompanied by a ‘boite des idees’ for contributions on questions the project is focusing on: the dynamics of the changing use of architecture, should it be re-used at all, what happens to the underlaying ideas, how can new ideas and initiatives relate to history and heritage - and should they do so?

Normally, a model precedes architectural reality, to give a preview and to create a thinking model of how to organize public space, as a model for imagination. Model City works the other way around by providing procedures of rethinking a reality that has almost disappeared in order to allow us to rethink the future.


Bik Van der Pol (NL)
Artists, based in Rotterdam, Netherlands
www.bikvanderpol.net



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ART & THEORY
Model City
Bik Van der Pol


SPATIAL CONCEPTS

Globalization and Unsettlement: Whither Design?
Saskia Sassen

Electronic Baroque: Jerde Cities
Norman Klein

The Super-exposed City and the New Limits of the Public Space
Alina Şerban

Architecture of Post-urban Man
Žarko Paić 



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