In this article, we investigate the co-evolutionary logics of organizational (environment, landscapes, architecture), institutional (governance and policy), and territorial (religion, activities, society) paradigms that have shaped the North Brabant province of the Netherlands. The authors postulate that the layering of socio-economic and spatial paradigms based on an interwoven ecology and interdependence of soil types, economic activities, infrastructures, and religion lead to a unique developmental logic within the region. This article expands on the historical layering of landscapes (urban, peri-urban, and rural) and transitions, attested by the region’s agricultural legacy (small scale farms, estates, and various soil types), merged with the legacy of industrial and post-industrial era transformations (industrial complexes, religious institutions). The article argues that the strength of the region lies in its mosaic of urbanity, farmland, and spread of spatial and economic activities, determining its current post-industrial landscape.
|Keywords:||Urban Transformation, Urban Development, Geography, South Netherlands|
Assistant Professor, Chair, Urbanism and Urban Architecture, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands