May to August, 2012

Field Trip
Sunday 10 June, 2012
From 12 to 20 h
Contribution: 10 euro
Please note: for practical reasons, the number of participants is limited. Reservation necessary: send a message to info–at–

Go North Young Man!
As a variation on the famous 19th century citation, on Sunday 10th of June we will travel to the north of the Netherlands and visit some fascinating examples of visionary architecture.
We will visit – amongst others – the Ecokathedraal of Louis le Roy in the village of Mildam. The trip will also bring us to the village of Nagele, a striking example of postwar planning in the Netherlands. On the way, we will search for elderflower blossom, which we will use later on as an ingredient to make lemonade and elderflower wodka.

About Ecokathedraal
In 1970, Thirty years ago, Louis le Roy started his experiment known as the Ecokathedraal in the village of Mildam, a project that was open-ended in terms of time. Le Roy wondered what a single person could do and then set about to find out by doing something himself. On a four-hectare site, he started planting in a completely random manner. The signing of a contract with the municipal government was foliowed by having road workers dump their residual materials at the site for several years. Le Roy processed this material by hand without any outside assistance. The result was the building of assorted structures, low walls, pathways and towers that due to their ingenious construction could serve as purification plants for acid rain. The Ecokathedraal aims to demonstrate the potential of human energy interacting with the forces of nature. Employing all the potential available from all human beings would provide a mega-source of clean energy. Using such a method, a new habitat could take shape in which everyone could participate creatively in building a living environment without a ground plan and without the boundaries of private property. Following his ideas would mean a revolution in designing urban space.

About Nagele
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 intended 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. The village had a modern concept, however underwent unevitable developments. Nevertheless, the original concept, which is no less rigid than that of the Bijlmermeer, seems to have remained intact.