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City walks

You can sign up for one of three city walks at the registration desk. The city walks are conducted with Platform GRAS, the architecture centre of Groningen. They are all on Tuesday and start at 17.00. You will be dropped off in time for the barbecue. The themes for these walks are: (1) squares; (2) “Binnenstad Beter” / traffic circulations ; and (3) New versus old buildings. Short descriptions of each walk, along with a sign-up sheet, can be found at the registration desk.


Squares come in all shapes and sizes. Of course, we all know big market square – In Groningen they are called the Grote Markt – and the Vismarkt (“fish market square”). But there are numerous other squares, like the Rode Weeshuisplein (“red orphanage square”), or the Prinsentuin (“princes’ garden”)? This city excursion will show you some interesting examples of Groningen squares and will explain why they built (big) squares like these and will give you some of their history. What is their function nowadays and do modern squares have the same shape and function as the old ones?


'Binnenstad Beter' / traffic circulations

More than ten years ago, the municipality of Groningen launched the policy document Binnenstad Beter (Improving the Inner City). Since then, the city centre has undergone a major transformation, both in appearance and in its use. What is the current status of Binnenstad Beter? What are the visible and invisible results of this radical city plan? And also, for quite some time now, the municipality of Groningen has been trying to manage various traffic flows: routes for car traffic are being tackled, cycle roads/routes are being improved and pedestrians are being given more space. Now and then this proves to be the key to success, occasionally the situation becomes even more complex than it was before.


New versus old buildings

This tour will take you to various examples in the city centre of Groningen where old buildings are confronted with new architecture. In what way do architects and urban planners differ in taking the existing environment into account when designing a new plan? For example, what choices do they make when planning the layout of the façade, why do some architects choose brick and others aluminium? Is fitting new architecture in the existing cityscape a matter of bending or breaking?

Last modified:27 June 2013 3.44 p.m.