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Terenja van Dijk




Landscape and Mass Tourism

Commissioned by Nai-publishers [2004]

Editing of journal, research, filming of modern winter sports resorts in France

Oase is a periodical about architecture, urbanism, and related disciplines that publishes a thematic issue three times a year.

The theme of Oase nr 64 is the impact of mass tourism on the landscape from the fifties onward and the meaning of large-scale architecture in this context. One interesting phenomenon to arise from all this are the modern, planned resorts for winter sports in France: ‘les machines à skier,’ which grew out of a deliberate French politics of giving every Frenchman – and woman – ‘le droite à la neige,’ or the right to snow.

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As studies and representative examples of this kind of urban organization and architecture, various winter resorts in France – among others, Aime La Plagne, Avoriaz, Les Arcs and Les Menuires – were filmed. A series of stills drawn from this material illustrates this phenomenon in the journal.

At the right, 4 montages:

  1. Aime la Plagne, 3 March 2004, Monovolume, 2 min 34
  2. Arc 1800, 2 March 2004, view from the parking lot, 2 min 40
  3. Avoriaz, 5 March 2004, a section, 2min 58
  4. Les Menuires, 1 March 2004, Place Joseph Fontanet, 2 min 40
Editorial committee Oase 64
  • Like Bijlsma, Terenja van Dijk, Filip Geerts
Direction, production, scenario
  • Terenja van Dijk
Camera, sound
  • Terenja van Dijk
  • Terenja van Dijk and Jess De Gruyter