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Horse racing on vacant land in shrinking village Holwerd

The Netherlands are starting to see the effects of a shrinking population. It’s already happening on the edges of the country: a decreasing number of inhabitants.

The shrink lab, a combined initiative of BNA, Aedes and KEI, studies the effects of shrinking and proposes design strategies to get the best out of it. Bart Aptroot took part of the shrink lab that zoomed in on the villages Holwerd and Lioessens.

Download the result of the shrink lab Dongeradeel here from the website of BNA.

Holwerd before and after. When directed well, the village now disconnected from the surrounding landscape will transform into an archipelago of townships.

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