Unrealised. Never-Built Maastricht

15 November 2017 – 1 April 2018
The exhibition Unrealised. Never-Built Maastrichtprovides insight into the combined complexity within which urban planners, architects, landscape designers, politicians, and project developers work.

In the arena of city visions and policy papers, public opinion, the economic cycle, cultural Zeitgeist, in which designers have to manoeuvre, Bureau Europa wants to be an advocate for the experiment. Referencing Schubert’s unfinished symphony, Bureau Europa investigates what Maastricht would look like if some of its thwarted projects were realised.

The initiative, an exhibition of unrealised projects, takes a self-assured stance. Reviewing 70 years of past urban development can be confrontational exercise. There are plenty of ambitious projects – covering the Maas, the Calatrava Campus, and the Van den Ende Casino – that went beyond the drawing board but perished in the public domain.

Unlike ‘the paper or utopian architecture’ – which is intended as social criticism or to stimulate discipline-specific discourse – this exhibition is about projects that are indeed designed to be realised.

Saskia van Stein and Daniel van Hauten ( made a documentary especially for this exhibition, in which a large number of architects, administrators, city planners and urban planners have their say. Jo Coenen, Gerd Leers, Mathieu Bruls, Marc Maurer, Jake Wiersma, Jacqueline Verhees, Huub Smeets, Hans Hoorn, Guy Vloebergh, Gerdo van Grootheest, Tim Prins, Mirjam Depondt, Frits Palmboom, and Carola Janssen tell their story and provide insight into the city of Maastricht, as it is now.

Bureau Europa examines this theme following an idea proposed by Wido Smeets, editor-in-chief at Zuiderlucht, photographer Chris Keulen, and Wim Ortjens, communications director at the Municipality of Maastricht.

Remco Beckers and Saskia Stein, respectively Bureau Europa’s project leader and director.

Visual identity:
Ivo Straetmans – Studio Noto

Spatial design:
Maurer United Architects

Opening: Friday 15 December 2017, 17:00 – 19:00. Alderman Gert-Jan Krabbendam shall formally open the exhibition at 5.30 pm.
Exhibition: from 15 December 2017 to 1 April 2018
Admission: €5. €3 students/school students, free for museum card holders
Location: Bureau Europa