A pizza van isolated in a dusty building site

I found this van isolated in the building site in the outskirts of what would be soon the new cultural quarter in Aarhus as part of the new city development, two souls of the city will co-exist.

It is somehow difficult to walk down there, there is a sense of change in the atmosphere, uncertainty but also, a sense of knowing that somewhat, the system won, the establishment has taken ownership of what used to be part of the commons.

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4 layers

Over the past few days, I have been reflecting about sustainability, gentrification regeneration and city development.

I’m not an expert on these fields. I don’t claim to be, I merely observe, listen and document what my eyes see and what my network tells me to look at.

I’ve been attending talks, reading articles and observed how Aarhus, the city I call home, is rapidly changing, almost mutating by the minute.

At Sydhavnen (South Harbour) area in Aarhus. Denmark. 2019

At Sydhavnen (South Harbour) area in Aarhus. Denmark. 2019

This photograph represents 4 layers of city development, 4 layers of history. It frames the contrast of buildings in Sydhavnen.

In the foreground you can see part of a small van refurbished to become a small mobile office produced Tiny Office a local startup.

The second layer is one of the old industrial buildings from the south area of the Aarhus port. the third is the new and controversial Danske bank headquarters in the city, a building that has transformed forever this historical area of Aarhus. In the background you can see one of the few existing tall buildings in town.

This, skyline is meant to change in the years to come, as Aarhus aims to shake its industrial past legacy while looking at increasing its population to 500000 inhabitants in the years to come.

I now realise I had a new photography project in front of my eyes and I didn’t know it.