Urban redundance, It’s a common problem that progressively grows as more and more people migrate to cities. For a historic city such as Utrecht it’s challenging to adapt to this ample migration. Adapting takes longer then the migration. As a result critical pressure points occur.
One of these pressure points has grown into the busiest bicycle path of Holland -the second biggest bicycle country in the world. This path takes students and employees from the central station to a campus & businesspark ‘on a daily basis’. It crosses right through residential areas where this creates a problem in redundance. The dilemma only gets addressed locally, but does not question a solution by the source. Thus urban redundance occurs.
Bicycling is a part of dutch culture that we all proudly posess. It’s a way of transportation, a weekend away with the family, a journey through nature, a way of excersize, for us it’s a daily cognitive sensation. Urban redundance distorts this sensation into a daily overstimulation and stress, which is malign for students and employees.
To flee from urban redundance -within the redundant environment- drastic measures are necessary. The solution exists for an alternative bicycle path that disconnects from the urban redundance, right within the residential area. A neglected fallow stream lies within the sphere. It’s isolated between two barricades of nature and is situated on a lower plane. This results in a cognitive deposition from the urban redundance. This is where the new bicycle path will run. With a focus on cognitive sensation, it will enhance the well-being of students and employees.
On a bigger scale this results into urban “deredundance” and thus, sets an example for what is possible and what is essential for cities to adapt.