Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2468-2187
  • E-ISSN: 2468-2195



A drawing by artist Jan Hoynck van Papendrecht (1858-1933) can be understood as a view of the f irst buildings along Amsterdam’s Van Eeghenstraat, as seen from his rear window. The late 19th-century method of raising polder meadows for urban expansion is also clearly visible on a hitherto mislocated drawing by Gerrit Haverkamp (1872-1926) of a building site in Amsterdam Oud-West. The chronological development of raising building sites can still be acknowledged from height differences in Amsterdams urban fabric. Building landscapes are rather underexposed in Dutch historical geography as a seemingly temporary situation. However, they are an intrinsic and sometimes longer-lasting part of the landscape’s biography and deserve more attention than they have received until now.


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  2. Haaren, M. van, J.van der Werf & De Balie(2004). Atlas van de 19de eeuwse ring Amsterdam. Amsterdam.
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  4. Jayasena, R.(2020). Graaf- en modderwerk. Een archeologische stadsgeschiedenis van Amsterdam. Utrecht.

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