Looking at the cities that were built from scratch during the fifties and sixties all over the world, it is astonishing to see how the world population growth was accommodated along very similar lines in places very remote and different in culture and political background. Whether one looks at the Villes Nouvelles around Paris, the New Towns close to London, the new parts of Stockholm or cities like Hoogvliet in the Netherlands, a similar strategy and design method was applied. These cities were erected based on the ideas of the garden city, and a hierarchical ordering and zoning of functions relying on modernist urban planning.
Almere geldt in Nederland als de typische polderstad, uiterst Hollands, uit de klei getrokken daar waar eerst niets was. Zij wordt wel de ultieme 21ste eeuwse stad genoemd, de modernste Hollandse stad, niet alleen omdat ze pas dertig lentes jong is, maar ook omdat zich hier de suburbane levensstijl heeft kunnen ontwikkelen zoals nergens anders in ons land.
Only six kilometers long, Rotterdam’s subway line was the shortest in the world when it opened in 1968. Not surprisingly, the city took great pride in having built the Netherlands’ first subway. It was yet another sign of the city’s agility in re-inventing itself after the devastating air raid that had destroyed it’s historical core in 1940.