Transforming Liminal Spaces

A public corn maze operates as a stop-gap measure for unused real estate in Amsterdam.

It goes without saying that with the advent of the current recession and the slowdown in real estate development, urban areas around the world have been left with many half-developed plots of land.

How to best utilize these liminal spaces then becomes a challenging urban planning problem. One group in Amsterdam has taken on this issue by transforming a stalled building project in the city’s Zuidas business district into an engaging “urban corn maze.”

Pop-Up City reports:

With some help from artists from the nearby Sandberg Institute, local authorities turned an empty building site into both an urban agriculture and pleasure landscape. At the place where big office towers should rise in the future, everyone can now enjoy a temporary urban corn maze.

…Besides the labyrinth the temporary pleasure landscape also contains a public tennis court that will be opened next month.

Sandberg Institute

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