As society becomes more preoccupied with efficiency, mono-functional and planned landscapes become the norm. The script for a smoothly functioning public sphere creates an alienated environment where planning is constantly catching up to reality. Part of this efficiency driven planning has resulted in a network of highways which are host to millions of cars and dozens of daily traffic jams. Highways are a spatial, cultural, and social phenomenon which impact not only the motorists who use them, but the communities that they pass through. In addition, they have significantly transformed our physical environment and our relationship to the cities and towns which are easily accessible (or not) from them. The highways are our best used public spaces, and a key part of our future cultural heritage.
The Highway Museum portrayed highways as not just incidental phenomena; they are shapes of an entire world, and a region on their own. The museum communicated an awareness of their unique impact on our culture. The Highway Museum was the first museum of its type in the Netherlands, and its program included lectures for policymakers, workshops, expeditions, media coverage, exhibitions, publications (including books and newspapers), and a new design assignment for architects.
Locations: Vakantiebeurs Utrecht, Triënnale Apeldoorn, Boekpresentatie Diabolische snelweg V/D Valk Witte Bergen, Tentoonstelling Routine Museum Hilversum, Congres Brabantstad Fort Altena, A1 congres Hengelo, Route tournee langs alle Rijkswaterstaat vestigingen van Nederland, Tentoonstelling Maak ons land in het NAI Rotterdam
Collaborations: stichting G.A.N.G. Arnhem, Marten Minkema, Mat Wijn, Pier Taylor
Funding: VSB fonds, het Mondriaan Fonds