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In the past few years a growing number of cities worldwide have been (re)discovering the use of the bicycle. Sustainability plays a large role in the motivation behind the revival of the bicycle and takes on different challenges, placing itself in a new and relevant social position. The question then remains whether or not the revitalization and new positioning of the bicycle could contribute to the livability of society.
The documentary Genre De Vie researches the present effects of this form of transport and the lifestyle that is attached to it though research into already existing initiatives that play a crucial role in the revitalization of the bicycle. By taking a global perspective the documentary makers form a clear view on the transformation of cities and urban living. Concentrating also on the effects of the bicycle from a socio-cultural standing point within the individual is central.
Genre De Vie is a documentary that focuses mainly on city’s that already promote a pro bicycle lifestyle. This coming from a viewpoint, that the bicycle is a positive development on the social and environmental structure and hence of profound effect on the living quality of its inhabitance. The documentary concentrates on individuals that plan yearly races in the post-industrial landscape of the city, and the sociological processes in which the bike plays a pivotal role. It also focuses on the more general role of the bicycle with regards to personal experience and use of space.
Sven Prince and Jorrit Spoelstra started working as bike couriers in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. By experiencing the city in this way they developed a unique relationship with their direct surroundings. As time went on they realized that this unique view caused their appreciation for their city and surrounding to grow substantially and take on new forms. On a later date Sven Prince went on to study Social Geography at the University of Utrecht. During this same period Jorrit Spoelstra was inspired and effected by the interaction between the bicycle and the experience of space, using these influences in his work as a director and editor of documentary’s.
Genre De Vie
The well known geographer Vidal de la Blanche introduced the concept of ‘genre de vie’ (way of life) in the beginning of the 20th century. During this period the dominant view was that the greatest factor in determining lifestyle was ones natural surroundings. Videl added to this popular theory by stating that the personal meaning of one’s surroundings could be quite diverse, hence the reactions to ones surrounding can differ from person to person. Vidal was not a great believer of the social whole but was a front runner in the idea that people have a unique and individual relationship and reaction to the same surroundings.
Camera: Nanko Goeting: http://www.nanko.info
Sound: Henk-Jelle de Groot http://anycolouryoulike.nl/
Music: Harlan T Bobo http://www.myspace.com/harlantbobo
Logo design: almost Modern http://www.almostmodern.com/
Charles Bohl is an associate professor and the director of the graduate program in Real Estate Development and Urbanism (MRED+U) at the University of Miami's School of Architecture. Dr. Bohl is an expert on place making, community building and mixed-use development. He is the author of Place Making: Developing Town Centers, Main Streets and Urban Villages, a best-selling book published by the Urban Land Institute. Dr. Bohl currently serves as the Chair of the Florida Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism and is a member of the Urban Land Institute's Executive Committee for the Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council. Prior to joining the Univeristy of Miami Professor Bohl was a Senior Research Associate at the University of North Carolina's Center for Urban and Regional Studies, where he established the Smart Growth and the New Economy Program and where he also served as their Senior Fellow for the Weiss Urban Livability Program. Dr. Bohl holds a PhD in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lectures and consults widely on mixed-use development, place making and community building in the U.S. and abroad.
Daniel Solomon, FAIA is Principal of Daniel Solomon Design Partners in San Francisco. He is an architect and urban designer whose 42-year career combines achievements in professional practice with academic pursuits of teaching and writing. His projects have been published in architectural journals worldwide and have been recognized with close to 100 awards. His body of work includes housing, institutional architecture and large-scale urban planning. Daniel Solomon’s commitment to urban repair and the construction and reconstruction of urban neighborhoods extends beyond his project work; he is a co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and author of Global City Blues and the current e-book Bedside Essays for Lovers (of Cities), Amazon.