binding buildings - Royal Wedding

On February 2nd 2002 Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima were joined in marriage. The wedding ceremony took place on and around the Dam square and was attended by a large crowd. As a consequence the orientation of the buildings surrounding the square was flipped. Instead of inwards, they were oriented outwards and became lodges, like the ones in theatres. The Dam square for one day turned into a large theatre, with the Prince and Princess as stars. This kind of interaction between the public space and the surrounding buildings can also be used as a collective binding agent in everyday residential neighborhoods. At special occasions, like a midsummer bbq or a soccer tournament the neighborhood turns into a theatre.


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