The potential of Hengelo

  • Timo Rodel / cross media design / Enschede

‘My internship in Amsterdam gave me the chance to take a more objective look at my hometown, Hengelo. Barring my affinity for it, I would describe Hengelo as empty and dull. In my thesis, I research Hengelo’s history and seemingly lost identity. The results of this research are incorporated into my graduation project.

 

I think Hengelo has plenty of potential that appears to be neglected. The citizens of Hengelo shouldn’t look at what they don’t have, but reflect on what they do have. I’m sure there are plenty of people thinking of ways to improve Hengelo, and this is why I’d like to offer an open platform for ideas from enterprising citizens on ways to improve the city centre. I hope this will ultimately generate a certain level of awareness among and for citizens, where pessimism is converted into optimism. My objective is not to come to actual solutions, but to demonstrate potential together with my fellow citizens.

 

Visitors can upload ideas through a digital platform. These ideas are then added to a digital map of the city. When users access this map while in the city centre, they can view the ideas on the spot, creating a link between digital use and physical observation. Each month, one of the ideas will be showcased on the Brinktoren, a tower in the middle of the market square with projection screens and a glass space below that was once intended as exhibit room but has stood vacant for years.

 

The exodus in certain urban areas is a current, nationwide issue, so this concept is also applicable to other cities: offering a platform for enterprising citizens.’

 

AKI ArtEZ Graduation Exhibition in Enschede, 26 June – 5 July

Hulsmaatstraat 35, Enschede (Roombeek)

Opening hours:

Mon – Fri: 11:00 – 20:30

Sat and Sun: 11:00 – 17:00

 

TETEM kunstruimte, 26 June – 12 July

Stroinksbleekweg 16, Enschede (Roombeek)

Opening hours:

Mon – Fri: 11:00 – 20:30

Sat and Sun: 11:00 – 17:00

 

Concordia Expositie, 26 June – 30 August

Langestraat 56, Enschede (city centre, near Oude Markt)

Opening hours:

Tues – Fri: 10:00 – 18:00

Sat: 10:00 – 17:00

Sun and Mon: closed

 

Mupi project, 29 June – 12 July: available for viewing 24 hours a day along a public route in the area of Enschede