Archinect - News 2014-08-02T04:37:10-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/104791712/iabr-2014-urban-by-nature-part-3-exploring-the-underground IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE– Part 3: Exploring the Underground Sponsor 2014-07-30T20:53:00-04:00 >2014-07-30T20:59:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pu/pu5bufxphi7oqy30.jpg" width="514" height="233" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>IABR&ndash;2014&ndash;URBAN BY NATURE&ndash;</em>, the sixth edition of the <a href="http://iabr.nl/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR)</a>, claims that we can only solve the world&rsquo;s environmental problems if we solve the problems of the city.</p><p>Looking through the lens of landscape architecture,&nbsp;<strong>IABR&ndash;2014&ndash;</strong>&nbsp;redefines the way we deal with urban challenges by analyzing the relationship between urban society and nature, and between city and landscape.<br>This edition of the biennale argues that cities are an integral part of huge urban landscapes, complex systems that have become our natural environment. This perspective has many implications for the way we plan and design our urban environment. Perceiving it as an organism opens up possibilities to develop spatial interventions that make use of its metabolism.<br>With the use of new and innovative design strategies that effectively address the city as the bigger urban landscape that it is, we can make the city more resilient and thus truly contribute to a more sustainable future...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104790101/iabr-2014-urban-by-nature-part-2-the-urban-metabolism IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE– Part 2: The Urban Metabolism Sponsor 2014-07-25T17:53:00-04:00 >2014-07-25T19:00:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rq/rq683ir2b84tpqfu.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>IABR&ndash;2014&ndash;URBAN BY NATURE&ndash;</em>, the sixth edition of the <a href="http://iabr.nl/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR)</a>, claims that we can only solve the world&rsquo;s environmental problems if we solve the problems of the city.</p><p>Looking through the lens of landscape architecture,&nbsp;<strong>IABR&ndash;2014&ndash;</strong>&nbsp;redefines the way we deal with urban challenges by analyzing the relationship between urban society and nature, and between city and landscape.<br>This edition of the biennale argues that cities are an integral part of huge urban landscapes, complex systems that have become our natural environment. This perspective has many implications for the way we plan and design our urban environment. Perceiving it as an organism opens up possibilities to develop spatial interventions that make use of its metabolism.<br>With the use of new and innovative design strategies that effectively address the city as the bigger urban landscape that it is, we can make the city more resilient and thus truly contribute to a more sustainable future...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103866344/iabr-2014-urban-by-nature-part-1-a-planet-cultivated IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE– Part 1: A Planet Cultivated Sponsor 2014-07-21T17:46:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T23:02:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s4/s4fs8pyn2shknzkq.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>IABR&ndash;2014&ndash;URBAN BY NATURE&ndash;</em>, the sixth edition of the <a href="http://iabr.nl/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR)</a>, recently wrapped up a packed roster of conferences, debates, lectures, excursions and other events spanning over several weeks.</p><p>URBAN BY NATURE&ndash; focuses on the interdependence of society and nature and the intricate relationship between city and landscape. Six separate exhibitions, still on display&nbsp;until Sunday, August 24 at the Kunsthal and the Natural History Museum Rotterdam, showcase almost one hundred projects that address these issues.</p><p>In this article, we highlight the first of the six exhibitions, <em>A PLANET CULTIVATED</em>:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q2/q26jkeprllkovldd.jpg"></p><p><em>Photo 2: Aranzadi Park (Aldavoyer Architecture) &copy; Gerencia de Urbanismo, Ayuntamiento de Pamplona</em></p><p>Today, there are more trees in parks and nurseries than there are in forests. What we call nature is never free of human intervention: whether as small-scale as parks, or as large-scale as the climate. At the same time, we are part of nature. Now that more than 50 ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101106918/vernon-ca-known-for-meatpacking-corruption-and-tapat-o-featured-in-la-forum-s-submission-to-the-international-architecture-biennale-rotterdam Vernon CA, known for meatpacking, corruption and Tapatío, featured in LA Forum's submission to the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-04T19:41:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:32:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/56wznw41bysndtaj.jpg" width="514" height="226" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Forty years after "Reyner Banham loves Los Angeles" another architect with the gaze of the foreigner takes us on a ride through the City of Angels, or as the Turkish architect Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce likes to refer to it: "La Citta Capitalista". [...] An &lsquo;exclusive industrial town,&rsquo; Vernon borders on the cosmopolitan downtown of Los Angeles... Are alternative forms of housing, agriculture, and nature imaginable in a town that relies solely on industry and transport?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Los Angeles architect <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> takes a weekend drive through a vacant Vernon, in the following short film for the <a href="http://iabr.nl/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam</a>. Submitted by the&nbsp;<a href="http://laforum.org/content/exhibitions/la-forum-in-rotterdam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design</a>&nbsp;and run by Ayy&uuml;ce, <em>The Vernon City Project&nbsp;</em>is&nbsp;being featured in IABR's main exhibition, "Urban By Nature".</p><p>Watch&nbsp;<em>The Vernon City Project</em>&nbsp;below.</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98279226/exhibition-recap-instruments-reimaging-the-music-room Exhibition recap: Instruments: Reimaging the Music Room Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-18T20:46:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T14:42:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/11/11e8d3dbc369231b96a9c525a2f13d2a.jpg" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Instruments: Reimaging the Music Room&rdquo; is a fascinating exhibition of student work from the Piet Zwart Institute&rsquo;s Master Interior Architecture &amp; Retail Design program, studying the role of sound in the domestic space. Each work creates a physical manifestation, or conduit, of the soundscapes that pervade our most private spaces, either raucously or imperceptibly.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/13/13aa6fdf43be94b7207607641b1ca947.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/19/19072084056b1cfb216ae30b53901296.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/21/21d040f0cb6b72c9f6a33657ffa26705.jpg"></p><p>Find more info, photos and videos by visiting the news listing on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/exhibition_recap_instruments_reimaging_the_music_room/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95349418/mvrdv-s-shiny-collection-building-for-museum-boijmans-van-beuningen-rotterdam MVRDV’s shiny Collection Building for Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam Justine Testado 2014-03-10T17:17:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T20:20:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ro/rogc661n3nq6odnh.jpg" width="514" height="242" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MVRDV has the winning proposal to design the Collection Building for the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam. The bowl-like public art depot will let the public see the ins and outs of the museum's daily activities, and also let private art collectors store their own collections in ideal museum conditions. Completion of the project is expected in 2017.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/68/68yjier43sxr6zdx.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g3/g3jrmf0cxf3p9f1n.jpg"><br><br>Diagrams:<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rn/rngzhle92thszgbm.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/25/25dtj3qqpjnf2mu3.jpg"><br><br>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/mvrdv_wins_collection_building_for_museum_boijman_van_beuningen_rotter/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88595906/nl-architects-completes-b05-kuifje-in-nieuw-crooswijk-rotterdam NL Architects completes B05 “Kuifje” in Nieuw Crooswijk, Rotterdam Justine Testado 2013-12-11T12:29:00-05:00 >2013-12-11T13:07:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/97/97sk80qv8d4uia82.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After three years of construction, NL Architects' B05 Kuifje is now complete. Nicknamed Tintin, B05 is located in Nieuw Crooswijk, a residential area near the city center of Rotterdam and the Kralingse Bos park. With its "deformed" silhouette, Tintin was constructed as part of an urban plan by West 8 to redevelop the area into a distinct cityscape.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Here are a few photos of "Tintin":<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qx/qxuzo4429ivfgccm.jpg" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9t/9tt5vf2mawn7k4e7.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4l/4lzjlf3sywt7lyz0.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>Photos by Luuk Kramer.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88446310/skate-this-limited-edition-rem-koolhaas-flag-deck Skate this: Limited edition Rem Koolhaas Flag Deck Alexander Walter 2013-12-09T14:35:00-05:00 >2013-12-10T10:51:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cy/cy4ythcnin6ejy4f.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> While collaborations between architects and skaters <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/13140602/not-your-mama-s-skateboard-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aren't too rare</a>, the symbiosis typically happens in the realm of ramp/rail/ledge/obstacle design. To have an architectural heavyweight like Rem Koolhaas come out and give his blessings to a <a href="http://www.dufarge.com/product/flag-deck-rem-koolhaas/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skateboard deck design</a>, which pays homage to OMA's Museum Park in Rotterdam, is a rather seldom event.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9i/9iu6ikizh6na3m00.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Here's the complete story we've received from NL-based skateboarding brand <a href="http://www.dufarge.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dufarge</a>:</p> <p> "The Dutch designers from surf inspired skatebrand Dufarge produced a skateboard deck that honours their favourite local skate spot. Part of OMA's Museum Park-scheme in Rotterdam, the spot, also known as 'Rem's Flag', features a 150 meter stretch of brightly coloured stripes: a collossal version of OMA's 'EU Barcode'."</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xl/xlg0h4zboozgrcwv.jpg" title=""></p> <p> "The EU Barcode was designed in 2001 by the OMA think tank AMO to represent the European Union as "the common effort of different nations, with each state retaining its own cultural identity while sharing the advantages of acting tog...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88216540/dispatches-from-5468796-architecture-s-table-for-twelve-rotterdam Dispatches from 5468796 Architecture's Table for Twelve | Rotterdam Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-06T15:42:00-05:00 >2013-12-17T16:24:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fz/fzt865cp4g3uasz5.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Archinect is delighted to present <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/77818/5468796-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5468796 Architecture</a>'s travelogue for their award-winning research project, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/355906/table-for-12" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Table for Twelve</em></a>. The Winnipeg-based firm received the 2013 Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture from the Canada Council for the Arts, awarded to emerging Canadian architects with outstanding artistic potential. The $50,000 prize will support the firm&rsquo;s worldwide travels to both strengthen their skills and expand their presence within the international architectural community.</p> <p> 5468796&rsquo;s<em> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/355906/table-for-12" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Table for Twelve</a></em> will hold dinner parties at architectural epicenters around the world, in the hopes that picking the brains of local talent will help them identify the drivers behind a strong design culture. Archinect plays host to their global dispatches through this travel blog, updated upon each city&rsquo;s dinner.</p> <p> From 5468796:</p> <p> <strong>DINNER</strong>:</p> <p> <strong>The Trip</strong></p> <p> <a href="http://www.5468796.ca" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5468796</a> Architecture&rsquo;s Johanna Hurme, Ken Borton and Sean Radford recollect on their travels for the second leg of their <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/355906/table-for-12" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Table for Tw...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87991594/rotterdam-salutes-coolsingel-street-with-tribute-film-screenings Rotterdam salutes Coolsingel street with "Tribute" film screenings Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-03T18:37:00-05:00 >2013-12-03T18:37:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ow/owd56ldkp3cdn5b1.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Once a bustling and stylish avenue, now a street that no longer knows its identity or purpose, no other street in Rotterdam provokes as much discussion as the Coolsingel.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Coolsingel is Rotterdam's civic artery, a 1km street home to the city's economic, commercial and political focal points. But despite its central position and function for the last century, the street has suffered a bit of an identity crisis, and lacks the vibrancy it once channeled.</p> <p> To reinvigorate its presence in the city and honor its history, Sculpture International Rotterdam (along with guest curator Laurie Cluitmans) will transform the street into an outdoor cinema, for a project it calls "Tribute To An Avenue". Every night for a month early next year, short films by accomplished international video artists will be projected onto the Coolsingel's walls and windows, accompanied by special tours including food, music, and nightlife. The event is not only a move to invigorate the space, but to refine its muddle, and draw public attention to the relationship between a city street and its citizens.</p> <p> "Tribute To An Avenue" will run every night from January 8 to February 9, 2...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87070012/oma-completes-de-rotterdam-vertical-city-tower OMA completes De Rotterdam “Vertical City” Tower Justine Testado 2013-11-21T14:52:00-05:00 >2013-11-23T21:41:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w6/w6accbt3ui37wtr1.jpg" width="514" height="446" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OMA announced today the completion of De Rotterdam Tower at the Wilhelmina Pier in Rotterdam. Widely described as a "Vertical City", stacked on top of the structure's six-story base are three transparent towers - built with 7 meters of space between them.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fq/fqfgbjbo0zta331v.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2z/2z4jlhty24n38klo.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5n/5nccrstu3ej64tlb.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9r/9r6je7c7cpnjeprp.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xp/xpf10ytl3rpjq4ex.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1s/1spvwdysh1gu5vgm.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xp/xp904katvvq8jsgf.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mm/mmkylalrvbgdpyla.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of OMA; photography by Ossip van Duivenbode, Philippe Ruault, Michel van de Kar (see image gallery below for details).</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86933404/rem-koolhaas-s-de-rotterdam-cut-and-paste-architecture Rem Koolhaas's De Rotterdam: cut and paste architecture Archinect 2013-11-19T20:22:00-05:00 >2013-11-23T03:01:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2a/2a5d77d6f51c1f4ffc4ac92c899d81ba.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Like one skyline perched on another, the latest mega-building by Rem Koolhaas towers over the starchitect playground of Rotterdam. But why was it even built?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/84673725/a-living-heart-for-a-modernist-campus-erasmus-university-rotterdam-revitalizes-its-grounds A living heart for a modernist Campus - Erasmus University Rotterdam revitalizes its grounds Jaakko van 't Spijker 2013-10-21T11:52:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T11:54:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g5/g5iy47zo1mo8ceyt.jpg" width="514" height="938" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>Erasmus University Rotterdam has opened the new public heart of its Woudestein campus. The project can be seen as a benchmark for the way grim and gloomy '60s and '70s institutional areas can be sparked to life. </strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ld/ldc2087kv9caylyh.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>A new semi-sunken garage has been integrated with a new public space design and pond together with a new student pavilion mark the realization of the first phase of a unique and ambitious revitalization master plan.&nbsp; The master plan was designed by the collaborating Dutch firms Juurlink [+] Geluk and jvantspijker architects.</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pj/pjpu0yc1wk672g1r.jpg" title=""><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p0/p0k016juwbzyzv3w.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Transformation master plan: parking and landscaping as a game-changer</strong><br> The transformation primarily addresses the need for a sense of place, orientation, way-finding and identity as well as providing a high quality of public space with a pleasant experience. The Erasmus Plaza is the new central axis of the campus, a boulevard and formal entrance to the University.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o6x9icbo6gysprp5.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The garage frees the site for landscaping while it&nbsp; injects people into t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/83061762/architecture-film-festival-rotterdam-2013-the-city-as-time-machine Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam 2013: The City as Time Machine Justine Testado 2013-09-30T14:14:00-04:00 >2013-09-30T14:14:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j9/j90ti62fnivz30wc.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Time travel continues to be, well, a timeless concept. And what better way to think of it as an urban-city setting as seen in the 7th edition of the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam: The City as Time Machine.<br><br> From Oct. 10-13, more than 100 urban architecture and design films on current trending topics will be screened at the LantarenVenster cinema in Rotterdam. As if that weren't enough to make you want to hop on the next plane to the Netherlands, no film fest can be complete without a series of debates, lectures, and talk shows in the program.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w1/w1dclpocjlivrrxn.jpg" title=""><br><br> Many of the films emphasize the ever-changing urban city as a limitless source of inspiration for filmmakers--with stories on renovation, reuse, temporary function, disused buildings, and more. Opening the festival on Oct. 10 is Angel Borrego's "The Competition" from Spain, a film that reveals the true nature of "starchitects" and how architecture firms go about their work.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hm/hmqe1487rbwcv6v9.jpg" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/go/gopk3xalug7n90r7.jpg" title=""><br><br> Films like Bert Oosterveld and Peter Frankenest's "Reaching ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81150859/failed-icon-of-social-housing-becomes-new-home-for-former-inmates Failed Icon Of Social Housing Becomes New Home For Former Inmates Archinect 2013-09-05T18:48:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:47:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t9/t9k3xr69345e4g07.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It turns out pedestrians couldn&rsquo;t be bothered to detour through the pixellated concrete compound. &ldquo;Stairs were too steep, and people preferred crossing Blaak [the street passing under foot] at ground level,&rdquo; van Schaik explains. &ldquo;This left the bridge with serious problems. Most shops were vacant, as was the Supercube for a long time."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/73854416/rotterdam-icon-becomes-24-hour-city Rotterdam icon becomes 24-hour city Archinect 2013-05-24T20:28:00-04:00 >2013-05-25T11:42:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m3/m3a940pbtgseravt.jpg" width="514" height="695" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>Architecture Day Friday 21 and Saturday 22 June 2013</strong><br> One of the most iconic buildings in Rotterdam, the Hofpoort on the Hofplein, will be transformed into a 24-hour city on Friday 21 June and Saturday 22 June. All are welcome to come and eat, drink, dance, relax, breakfast, discover, meet, skate, create, shop and much more. For a full 24 hours the Hofpoort will be the epicentre of Architecture Day in Rotterdam.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pi/piex1zt50c8qpt4w.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The Hofplein area used to be regarded as the pulsing heart of Rotterdam. AIR, the Rotterdam architecture centre, ZUS &ndash; De De&#769;pendance centre for urban culture and Rotterdam ArchiGuides are joining forces to bring it back to life again on Architecture Day. For 24 hours they will combine to transform the Hofpoort into a vertical city where there is something new to experience every hour.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y1/y1xfg8u2gf3e3v7b.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The Hofpoort, better known as the Shell building, was built in 1976 and has 24 floors. Most of these floors have been vacant for some years. The abandoned office floors will be fil...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/60489755/new-new-amsterdam-would-some-giant-dutch-sea-gates-have-saved-new-york New New Amsterdam: Would Some Giant Dutch Sea Gates Have Saved New York? HotSoup 2012-11-01T11:46:00-04:00 >2012-11-02T09:42:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/ccggcwdn2gfauc7w.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;They really don&rsquo;t treat the water in this kind of eggshell kind of way that they do in the United States,&rdquo; Mr. Chakrabarti said. &ldquo;They reclaim the land, use dredging material, do a whole variety of things to reshape the shoreline, like we first did when we were New Amsterdam. The Dutch have unrivaled experience in dealing with flooding. They really know how to shape the water&rsquo;s edge, and I think we really have to rethink the way we deal with the water&rsquo;s edge, given what&rsquo;s happened with Sandy.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Architect and planner Vishaan Charkrabarti, director of Columbia's Center for Urban Real Estate and a partner at SHoP, has a novel idea to save New York from the next big one: Build some giant sea gates around the harbor, like they have in Rotterdam. Also, a barrier island or two would be good.</p>