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Weird and wonderful architecture - Almere, Netherlands
Almere is a planned city and municipality in the province of Flevoland, the Netherlands, bordering Lelystad and Zeewolde. It is the youngest city in the Netherlands: the first house was finished in 1976, and Almere became a municipality in 1984. It is the largest municipality in Flevoland with 193,303 citizens and the 7th largest in the Netherlands.
Originally, Almere was envisioned as a town with multiple centres. This idea was later abandoned in favour of allowing neighbourhoods like Tussen de Vaarten to be built. There is also a difference between the way houses are built in the oldest and the newest parts of the city. The housing plan in Almere in the 1970s was basic functionality and a levelling of social status. However, starting in the 1990s more exclusive homes with striking designs were built.
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August 17th, 2011
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