The exhibition ‘Firemen walk with us’ confronts the risk-adverse behavior that currently characterizes our society. When it comes to the temporary use of vacant buildings, fire safety is one of the major obstacles to be overcome. After sunset visitors are invited to discover the dark Eiffel building in Maastricht. By creating a landscape of fire in this deserted architectural icon, Maastricht’s Fire Department and Rietveld Landscape show that the thousands of vacant properties offer far more possibilities for use, than one would expect.
We’ve been talking about this grand civic project for at least 45 years. Steve Buechner, a landscape architect with a full career behind him, tells me he first got the idea for a “creekwalk” in 1965 when he worked for Syracuse’s parks commissioner at the time, Jim Heath.