City of steel and concrete


Amsterdam, Netherlands

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My colourful neighbourhood

City of steel and concrete

Ten levels high rise… but always still a view on the sky, and on the trees on the lawn… Steel and concrete – but also plenty of green – water, park and recreation areas … (Vantage point 2)

Amsterdam Bijlmermeer
_The Bijlmermeer or colloquially Bijlmer is one of the neighbourhoods that form the Amsterdam Zuidoost borough (or “stadsdeel”) of Amsterdam, Netherlands. It’s well known because of it’s rich, disturbed history, it’s multicultural population and it’s typical “Bijlmer apartment buildings” with their as typical honey-rate ground plan. Originally built in the 70’s it was a very renewing city-development project based on an original concept, that caught international attention from architects all over the world. As a social concept, it sadly failed though, and in recent years there has been done a lot of effort for city renewal and to improve the social cohesion and reputation of this neighbourhood.

In 1992, the Bijlmer once again got in the International news, when El Al Flight 1862 crashed into two Bijlmermeer buildings. (the incident was known as the Bijlmer disaster)

Many of the typical Bijlmer-apartment buildings have now been demolished and been replaced by a much larger architectural variety of neighbourhoods for living, and shopping area’s. Only in the area where I live, the original buildings have been renovated, and will be preserved in what is now called the “Bijlmer Museum – area”, surrounding the plane-crash Memorial Place."
(Source & see for more info: Wikipedia )

Technical details
Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Pentax-DA 18-55 lens
exp.time 1/500 sec. at f/8,0
ISO 200 Focal length 23

TAGS: Amsterdam Netherlands Bijlmer, architecture apartment buildings, sky, trees, looking up

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