An old saying goes: “God created the world but the Dutch made the Netherlands”. However, what happens when the constant and ambitious urban planning in the Netherlands does not go as expected? “Great Expectations” is attempting to initiate a dialogue towards reproducing strong urban identities, before it becomes a necessity. Redefining symbolic relationships between the regeneration of icons and the representation of new generations in Rotterdam, Delft and Almere, it suggests transformation as a reflection of the new era, readdressing human needs in the context of the urban scale.
Is Almere Oosterwold as experimental as it claims to be? What plugins should Almere install to meet its own expectations? Does form follow marketing when it comes to real estate? What would Wilhelminapier II look like? Where does one find the unexpected when masterplans with great expectations fail?