In many places urban development comes at a standstill due tot the 2009 crisis. More and more construction sites were left empty and deserted. If not the prime location just north of the harbor at Scheveningen. At this area, where harbor, beach and promenade meet, the surf village F.A.S.T. (Free Architecture Surf Terrain) arose. F.A.S.T. is an example of developing management in the meantime. On the terrain containers are placed each with its own destination. Hostel, shop, hospitality, education, welfare, etc. This made F.A.S.T. a highly dynamic incubator for young entrepreneurs. F.A.S.T. is a cultural platform where families, artists, surfers, hikers, musicians and tourists meet. Recently, the Hague City Council decided that F.A.S.T. must close its doors at the end of 2014 this location.
In cooperation with the Museon F.A.S.T. would like to capture its dynamic history for present and future generations. A selection of photos of life in and around the village will be placed on an mature version of the digital heritage Roots2Share forum; fast.roots2share.nl (active from autumn 2014). The pictures and prospective stories about F.A.S.T. form an interesting contrast against the images of Nooter in East Greenland, 1965-1982; historical vs. topical, far away vs. near by, native vs. subculture. Most fascinating difference is perhaps the aspect of ‘urgency’. The knowledge that the village must yield on a specific date (1-1-2015), makes the community more than ever aware of past and future. The key figures in F.A.S.T. are highly motivated to put energy in presenting and managing Roots2Share. Their emotional involvement and intrinsic motivation may prove crucial in the success of this project. Together with them we look forward to bring the potential and scope of Roots2Share as heritage forum to new hights.