Thijs van Spaandonk

picture: Fred Ernst


A guided tour through the exhibition by Thijs van Spaandonk, one of the curators of WHOSE ENERGY IS IT, ANYWAY?

Bospolder-Tussendijken is one of the circa 5,000 districts in the Netherlands that, according to the National Climate Agreement of 2019, will have to become gas-free. Initial experience shows that this is not at all easy. There are problems everywhere, for instance with implementation and, above all, financing. And that's why sufficiently broad public support is lacking. Actually, we just don’t know how to wean our districts off of natural gas.

Adding value
Thijs van Spaandonk questions the current business model of the energy transition. Do citizens, given that they are the financiers of energy transition measures and consumers of energy, get value for money? In his guided tour, he will talk about what role citizens can play and how they, based on that role, and in collaboration with others, can make real choices about making their district more sustainable. A process is needed whereby the energy transition must be linked to other transition challenges confronting the living environment. He argues for an energy transition that does not see the district as a revenue model, but that focuses on a new energy system that adds real value to the quality of life in neighborhoods.

In WHOSE ENERGY IS IT, ANYWAY? –curated by George Brugmans (IABR), Eva Pfannes (OOZE) and Thijs van Spaandonk (Bright)– IABR shows the interim results of the Atelier's research and explores which steps to take next, towards concrete action.

date and time tour
Saturday December 12, 2pm – 3pm


information and registration
The maximum capacity is 10 people. Depending on the group, the language of instruction is Dutch or English.

Given the pandemic and guidelines of the Dutch Health Authority, that we strictly follow, a reservation is required. This way, we can ensure that there are never too many people present at the same time and that every visit is a safe visit.

For more visitors information, such as directions, location and our Covid-19 guidelines, click here

DOWN TO EARTH: WHOSE ENERGY IS IT, ANYWAY? is open from 20 November to 20 December, from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 11am to 5pm. We’re closed on Mondays.