'All of them are vanishing from the street life. Vacancy can be measured. It reflects the (emotional) state of urbanism…'
The social and urbanistic implications of demographic attrition are widely explored. This research is attempting to expose the effects on a programmatic level. Along with the global market and the internet, demographic shrinkage is one of several criteria that are inducing the obsolescence of the program. Banks are virtualizing, postoffices are regrouping and schools are merging.
Two weeks of touring Sittard-Geleen resulted in a vacancy map, which was complemented by all online vacancy, that wasn’t visible from the street. Next to the negative map a positive map was drawn up of all projects. A taxonomy of the different functions was a necessary refinement.
The functional city is vulnerable to specific program loss, with problematic impact on social spaces. The continuation of expansion policy aggravates the phenomenon and prevents matching of new program with vacant property. The urban system is gutting out the city.
The Function Migration should be taken seriously and centrally coordinated.
location: Sittard Geleen
client: self initiated, funded by the municipality Sittard-Geleen
team: Tim Prins, Nora Müller