Archive / Wasteland

Nr. 357 / 2000 - ongoing / Belgium, The Netherlands.

Wasteland


A guide to raise awareness for the potential of empty spaces in the city of Amsterdam

Initiator(s)

Lara Almarcegui

Description

Almarcegui highlights neglected or undefined spaces within urban environments, which she researches, preserves, and documents through photos, text, guides and publications. She identified one hectare which was a neglected plot of land situated between two highways in Genk.
Accompanied by a local nature guide, she carefully scouted, surveyed and described the land. Through negotiations with the City of Genk, Almarcegui then arranged to protect the terrain from development for a period of ten years, preserving the wasteland in its untouched state and allowing nature to take its own course, subject only to the forces and the temporality of wind, rain, sun, vegetation, spontaneous use and litter.

Location

Belgium, The Netherlands.

Goals

To intervene into urban codes and preserve the wasteland.

Beneficial outcomes

The area will remain open to the public, even as most of the adjacent plots are built upon, standing as a memory inscribed on the landscape.

Maintained by

Different institutions

Users

Open to all users.

Links

http://catalog.manifesta9.org/en/almarcegui-lara/
http://www.edbprojects.com/artists/lara-almarcegui/lara-almarcegui-work/