WOENSEL-WEST (EINDHOVEN) IS CONSIDERED A DISADVANTAGED NEIGHBOURHOOD, BUT ONE WITH STRONG SOCIAL COHESION.
An old part of town, an abandoned house and the humble dwellings of city nomads. What do these places have in common?
They are all questionable locations for local residents, property developers, urban planners and municipalities. In the eyes of many people, these are places that ought to be removed. They are dirty, on the verge of collapse or they mar the city's image and disrupt its infrastructure.
Through photography, we try to look beyond the facades and first impressions.
Places that stand apart from today's society because of their rich history, authenticity, straightforwardness and personality. The wealth of those places has nothing to do with economic value. They are not part of our consumer society, only in that sense that they are affected by the explosive growth of the city. As a result, these are temporary places, where life is dynamic because major (building) projects are often planned for the future. Skyscrapers, shopping malls, a new residential development...