‘Geleefde
Monumenten
/
Lived
Monuments’


2022 - ongoing
Self-initiated socio-spatial research
In collaboration with: Andre Cramer
Supported by: Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Experiment

Monumental spaces are often quiet, clean and empty, sometimes filled with a dated symbolism which is hardly experienced or questioned. Perhaps because these spaces exist on the sidelines of everyday life? According to Henri Lefebvre, monumental spaces should not only be designed and perceived, they should also be lived. In addition, as would have been the case for millennia, a monument should be a collective mirror that reflects the social visage of a society in which everyone partakes.

In this experimental research, Andre Cramer and Sophia Holst are investigating monumental residual spaces in Amsterdam. By designing architectural interventions and new programs, the inviolability and emptiness is challenged. The aim is to question and discuss the older symbolisms at place and to understand if and how these spaces can become livelier and inclusive when necessary.