For the first time it was possible to stay overnight as an urban adventurer under the viaduct ‘Strijps Bultje’, at Strijp-S; the design heart of Eindhoven. The space underneath the viaduct was the stage for a city-campsite and the hangout of the Dutch Design Week. Both in day- and nighttime, there was a varied program with interactive, relaxing and informative activities during which the CampScape was constantly changing form and meaning: outdoor cinema, salsa room, restaurant, design studio, stage for concerts and local café. Together with the local parties we worked with, we transformed the viaduct into an attractive space, which made citizens and visitors curious. They felt home right away, sitting in the seats made by Ontwerpstudio Bomm and eating local and organic breakfasts, lunches and dinners of (H)Eerlijk Anders.
The choice for this location wasn’t coincidental: ‘Strijps Bultje’ is an underexposed, but at the same time much discussed space in Eindhoven, full of potential. It also forms one of the intersections on the – still to develop – Green Corridor: the lush green connection between Eindhoven and the green forest. Through the Urban CampScape and all the activities attached to it, the potential of the place and the roll she can play in the city has been researched. By working bottom-up with local parties and citizens, Urban CampScape tried to accomplish a certain degree of social sustainability. It was a showcase of what temporary art, urban design and events can mean for a city and how a temporary project can reach a lasting, positive contribution to the place and its surroundings.