Photography Cary Markerink & Theo Baart
Text Anneke van Veen
Design CG Ontwerpers Hans van der Kooi
Size 265*240mm 96 pages
Publisher Fragment, Amsterdam 1988
2.000 copies (one edition with Dutch and English texts: out of print)
Concept, photography and compilation Cary Markerink & Theo Baart
Text Warna Oosterbaan
Size 280*240 mm 144 pages
Publisher Ideas on Paper / NAi Publishers, 2006
Design 8-13 Hans van der Kooi
Dutch edition ISBN 90-5662-490-3
English edition ISBN 90-5662-516-0
1.750 copies (Dutch edition out of print)
The village of Nagele in the Noordoostpolder is a striking example of postwar planning in the Netherlands: a new village on new land. The village was designed for agricultural labourers and was designed and built in a single grand gesture by architects such as Aldo van Eyck, Gerrit Rietveld and Mien Ruys. Although the original design of the village was extremely modern, the village has not been able to avoid rural developments that the designers could not have foreseen: the intensification of mobility, an increase of scale and mechanization in the agricultural sector, and the arrival of immigrants. Nevertheless, the original concept, which is no less rigid than that of the Bijlmermeer (Amsterdam, see Territorium), appears to have survived.
Cary Markerink and I have been following the changes in Nagele since 1984. My first visit was for the commission of the Rijksmuseum Postwar Housing in the Netherlands. After finishing the Rijksmuseum commission, Cary and I started working together in Nagele. In 1988 we published Nagele which includes text by Anneke van Veen.
In 2005 and 2006 we returned to this village for an update. We used photographs from family albums of the pioneer period (from 1945 to 1955, after the land was reclaimed from the sea) and our own photographs (from 1986 to 2006). We wanted to show how an introverted agrarian village turned into a community of commuters connected to the big Dutch cities by means of highways.
For Nagele [revisited] sociologist and journalist Warna Oosterbaan interviewed local counselors, residents and entrepreneurs in Nagele. He discovered that the pioneer spirit is still alive, but also that the villagers have time and again changed course at the right moment.
Nagele [revisited] presents Nagele as an example of the rich Dutch planning tradition and in doing so contributes to the debate on the viability of the countryside.
To see more of these collaborative documentary projects visit the Nagele pages in the Ideas on Paper section of this site.