Within a self appropriated moat, the Technical University Eindhoven’s campus is seemingly isolated though the city centre is only a stones-throw away. Students and faculty alike make their daily commute from the train station but are presented with nothing more than a dust field when they arrive.
Many students, faculty and outsiders utilize these tunnels running under the mass of both rail tracks and a major thoroughfare but rarely notice how it is used at other times of day. During colder and shorter days, these enclosures provide comfortable shelter for the homeless but also mischievous adolescents.
Believed to be the official residence of the Philips family – arguably responsible for Eindhoven’s urban status – much more is revealed with close inspection. This show home is the quintessential Dutch mansion with elaborate gardens hidden behind its gates.
Ironically a former cigar factory, this ruin stands as a reminder of Eindhoven’s industrious past, long before electronics manufacturing. In its beyond-dilapidated state, this barren wasteland is either viewed as a corky vestige or as an eyesore. With many similar projects reinventing this small city, one wonders about renovation plans.
A case of wealth and different time-periods, these twin homes reveal many differences. The owners of one obviously made a lot of money during the 1990’s and flaunt it while next door value was achieved over time. Built by a father for his daughter, this house has been passed down many generations.
On one of Eindhoven’s major commuter veins, This establishment sees significant activity at a specific time of day and in turn causes traffic jams. Professionals entering the city stop here between 8:00 and 9:00 every morning to pick-up their lunches and in doing so, park their cars in the middle of the road.
Seemingly unimpressive, this building breaks the rhythm of Dutch housing blocks but the question of what it is used for remains a mystery. Within the centre of a quiet neighborhood, one is conscious of Eindhoven’s village-based history. It’s strange to think how silent it can be with busy roads not far away.
In this unassuming parking lot, a stop sign has been turned to face and adjoining brick facade, but why? On certain days it is turned back to face the street. Could it be used as an indicator of amble parking and vice versa? One questions these small details, especially when they come across such anomalies on a daily basis.
Named for leather factories that used to line the Dommel, bleeks refers to whitening –the process of using the river and human urine to remove any remaining hairs or fur on animal hides. Today, this corner is an important crossing for Eindhoven's commuters. The double-lane bike path is often misconstrued as a car lane.
Employing an interesting and appealing architecture, this apartment building stacks up its gardens from level to level. This tiny alleyway presents some obvious and not-so obvious attributes. A cavernous effect is achieved and provides refuge from adjacent bar streets.
Throughout the city-centre, many buildings feature clocks, a stark reminder of time on many people’s commutes. For those who have the ability to walk on their daily bid to work or school, these reminders mark the difference of a second. This jewelry shop’s second-story clock is no exception.
Eindhoven’s famed bar street, with more continuos venus then anywhere else in the Benelux, has different faces. These are the city’s oldest houses but morning light reveals wear and tear. The treatment of this environment can change with in a moment – from morning, afternoon, evening and night.
This art museum is globally renowned and for Eindhoven’s decision-makers, a diamond in the dust. A contemporary bridge crosses the Dommel between this establishment and the city hall. Here, one is already aware of this city’s creative identity.
With a double-meaning in Dutch, lucifer can either mean the Devil or matches. In this completely renovated alleyway, one can visualize a series of smoking matchstick factories of yesteryear. The odor of sulfur might not be wafting towards the centre but it certainly used to.
Perhaps harmless at first sight, this parking lot plays hosts to some shady activity during specific times of day. At the perfect intersection between the second and third rings of neighborhoods, questionable characters use this terrain to do their dirty deeds.
As its name describes ,this enclave is perceived by many citizens as a piece of heaven. One enters an archway and is received by a pleasant church. Throughout Eindhoven’s mosaic, little curtailed boroughs are hidden but explain the city’s origins.
Ineffective planing has cyclists wait for more than five minutes at this crossing but pedestrians are given an unexpected clue. Traffic lights facing the opposite direction reflect on the shiny finish of a safety cone. This is verified confirmation that it is safe to cross.
Klein Berg is Eindhoven’s unofficial commercial heart. Truly quaint and European in all of its qualities, the undefined bike lane versus footpath versus road breaks all Dutch standards. Flannering is a common activity as cafes set their outdoor tables to face the street.
As the Dutch capital of design, Eindhoven is a name heard around the world. This prestigious academy sits like a grandiose white-lady, hence the buildings name. The creative satisfaction but also stress felt in the school’s ateliers spill out into the adjoining public space.
For some, this store-facade is a highly offensive display of visual pollution but for others, its a fun reminder of Eindhoven’s main electronics store. This chain-brand’s neon logo is repeated in an imposing grid. Perhaps, it’s this city’s little piece of Time Square.
Markets, concerts, bike garages and light shows occupy this vast open-square. A delicate dance of cyclists and pedestrians takes place here on a daily basis. Hurried commuters are confronted by slow market-shoppers. It is both a defined and undefined public space.
This up-market department store features the best widow displays in all of the Netherlands - perhaps reflecting Eindhoven’s design-capital status. For many, its more pleasant to walk along this side of the square but thy rarely realize that this building is a architectural gem.
When it comes to commuting, there is nothing more synomous than train stations. The flow of people elicits many sociological questions but in practicality, this is on of the only the ways out and back in again. Anonymity is cherished.
In his research into the way people spend their time crossing the city, Adrian Madlener asked people to leave their bicycles or cars at home for their daily commute and instead, walk into work or school. He then engaged them in a conversation about their everyday journey. On a personal level participants made some surprising rediscoveries of their own daily routes. On an analytical level, Madlener interpreted and synthesized the wide variety of interviews into a dramatized text which acts as a multi-layered, intuitive guide to the city. An interactive website allows other users to contribute and add their stories.