Turning the relocation of a leading company into an urban rejuvenation success story
Eindhoven has been the hometown of Philips the electronics’ company since 1892. The founding of the company was actually the main factor that developed the city since it attracted many investors to the area, especially hi-tech companies, making Eindhoven a major technological and industrial hub. In 2000 Philips closed down and the city went through a period of depression. Thousands of jobs were lost and the economic model of the entire city had to go through a radical shift. With Strijp-S, Eindhoven transformed an industrial area into a creative and cultural quarter. It is in many ways an exemplary (re)development scheme where strategic infrastructures have been developed.