The Fantasy is the culmination of a research into the Dutch city of Almere exploring the tensions within a dilapidated city that failed to realize an architectural plan to become a utopian haven. Almere, the youngest city of the country, was designed and constructed from scratch in the 70’s and it is nowadays nothing else than a dormitory town. The dream of a new city and an alternative citizenship became the less appreciated city in The Netherlands during its only 40 years of existence.
The book takes the form of a travelogue where three characters share with the reader three possible stories of the same route. The characters’ identities are established on actual encounters with residents of the city, urban planners and stakeholders.
While working in the book, I met the people living in an extraordinary green house with a nostalgic modernist look and I offered myself to stay there and take care of their cat when they’ll be off on holidays. During those days of intrusion, I fed the cat, explored the neighbourhood and killed time building a model of the house.