City on Wheels


In the run-up to national Architecture Day on 28 June, ARCAM was showing an exhibition with the theme ‘City on Wheels’. An exhibition about Amsterdam’s urban space, in which the focus was on the relationship between the ground level and everything that runs and rolls over it. A presentation, thus, about the bottom half metre of the public space. The recurrent theme in its organization is the requirement that the ground level should be accessible to all possible modes of conveyance. Which is why the exhibition centred on the questions: how is the ‘floor’ of the city designed and how can ‘Amsterdammers on wheels’ make use of it in many different ways? Think, for example, of the kerb, which is an obstacle for wheelchair users, but which for skateboarders, who ‘ollie’ over it, cannot be high enough.
The exhibition included photos, films and sounds of all manner of wheels. A special ‘street’ laboratory made it possible to experiment with a variety of paving materials, from the familiar concrete paving stones to the granite cobblestone.


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