Archinect - News 2016-12-04T23:51:24-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149981013/oma-to-design-major-masterplan-for-feyernood-city-in-rotterdam OMA to design major masterplan for Feyernood City in Rotterdam Nicholas Korody 2016-12-01T13:16:00-05:00 >2016-12-01T13:17:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cv/cvkz7wgk87ddfrzq.jpg" width="650" height="409" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Rotterdam is the hometown and European headquarters of OMA and has many significant buildings by the firm. Now, it&rsquo;s set to get a new major project. The Mayor and Aldermen of the city just approved a major new masterplan for Feyernoord City, home of the Feyenoord football team. Sited next to the Maas river in Rotterdam-Zuid, the plan includes a new stadium for the team alongside a redevelopment of the neighborhood and the existing stadium, De Kuip.</p><p>According to a press release, the 63,000 seat stadium will be the &ldquo;landmark of Feyenoord City&rdquo; and a catalyst for future development. The old stadium will be converted into apartments, commercial space and an athletics sports center. An 800m long boulevard, dubbed the Strip, will connect the former stadium to the new one. Additionally, the masterplan includes an 89,000 square meter park and 700 new residential unites.</p><p>&ldquo;With the development of Feyenoord City, OMA contributes to the next phase of development for the city of Rotterdam, our hom...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980001/take-a-look-at-kaan-architecten-s-new-offices-inside-a-1950s-era-rotterdam-building Take a look at KAAN Architecten's new offices inside a 1950s-era Rotterdam building Nicholas Korody 2016-11-23T12:27:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T20:55:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8o/8omz8npxnn3eyllu.jpg" width="650" height="461" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just steps away from the iconic Erasmus Bridge, a new office for <a href="http://archinect.com/kaanarchitecten" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KAAN Architecten</a> has joins the crowd of notable buildings in the heart of the Dutch city of Rotterdam. The project transformed 1,400 square meters of a site with a storied history. Designed by Henri Timo Zwiers in the mid-fifties, the structure was built on the grounds a former synagogue that was destroyed in the Second World War. Originally the premises of De Nederlandsche Bank, the building&rsquo;s bright open spaces and rectangular floor plan lend itself well to an architecture office.</p><p>KAAN restored the industrial concrete structure, and counterbalanced the rough concrete with dark walnut. &ldquo;The harmonious interaction between the warm comfort of the wood and the pre-existing concrete structure, envelopes the atmosphere in a graceful yet monumental feeling,&rdquo; writes KAAN Architecten.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6l/6le6jhvtl90r2qnf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dp/dp6utlmwi0go78zp.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;The notion of sharing of knowledge is at the core of the division of spaces and the interior design of the new office. This rough space has the ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959215/inside-the-mvrdv-house-the-firm-s-new-family-home-style-office Inside the MVRDV House, the firm's new family home-style office Justine Testado 2016-07-22T19:25:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T00:34:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9o/9o9nukxg2rzkmhr0.jpg" width="650" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/327/mvrdv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> settled into their new office headquarters inside the remodeled Het Industriegebouw, nestled in the heart of Rotterdam. Now dubbed by the firm as the MVRDV House, the building was originally&nbsp;designed by iconic Dutch architect&nbsp;Hugh Maaskant in 1952.&nbsp;The new 2,400 square-meter interior is modeled like a family home, filled with ample working and gathering spaces that reflect the &ldquo;work hard, play hard&rdquo; balance many firms strive for in their office's design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qt/qt716vdx3ty80x45.jpg"><br><em>Photo &copy; Ossip van Duivenbode.</em></p><p>Now with 140 employees based in Rotterdam,&nbsp;&ldquo;[t]he expanding MVRDV family needed a new house,&rdquo; says MVRDV co-founder Jacob van Rijs.&nbsp;MVRDV's new office has&nbsp;&ldquo;everything that [a] home requires, a living room, a dining room, a sofa for the whole house to sit together,&rdquo; he described.&nbsp;Surrounded by various creative start-ups and design firms, MVRDV believes they fit right in their new neighborhood.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/go/gosqimz7vv9edwld.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6y/6yya6xtip74zn7nh.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mn/mnei91wekwjka0ax.jpg"><br><em>Photos &copy; Ossip van Duivenbode.</em></p><p>The Family Room serves as the firm's main communal space for social interaction...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947764/a-video-tour-of-mvrdv-s-the-stairs A video tour of MVRDV's "The Stairs" Julia Ingalls 2016-05-26T17:12:00-04:00 >2016-06-02T01:28:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/46/46vd7ed8kgm7tdd1.jpg" width="650" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's not exactly a staircase to heaven (more of a "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939182/mvrdv-is-building-a-giant-staircase-to-honor-rotterdam-s-post-wwii-reconstruction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">symbolic arising of the city after World War II</a>"), but the intimate rooftop views provided by MVRDV's "The Stairs" of Rotterdam are spectacular. Plus, the gleeful discussion of temporariness by architectural video duo #donotsettle's Wahyu Pratomo and Kris Provoost is worth a watch alone, along with a cameo by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/327/mvrdv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> co-founding director Winy Maas:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940787/call-for-applications-2016-17-master-interior-architecture-and-retail-design-miard ­­Call for Applications 2016-17: Master Interior Architecture and Retail Design (MIARD) Sponsor 2016-05-09T12:15:00-04:00 >2016-05-18T23:55:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tl/tlg406z2doidwjnx.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by the <a href="http://www.pzwart.nl/master-interior-architecture-retail-design/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Piet Zwart Institute</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><strong>Final Deadline: May 15 2016 </strong><br>EU and Dutch applicants</p><p>The Piet Zwart Institute houses the international Master programs of the Willem de Kooning Academy, part of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. Named after the pioneering Dutch designer Piet Zwart, who worked experimentally across different media and contexts, our institute offers a rich combination of in-depth specialisation and interdisciplinary exchange in a vibrant learning environment.</p><p><strong>About the program:</strong></p><p>The Master of Interior Architecture &amp; Retail Design [MIARD] at the Piet Zwart Institute is a two-year, English Language postgraduate program.</p><p>Our international course situates itself in applied-research, experimentation, critical thinking and the professional field of interior architecture and developing spatial practice(s). We provide an educational platform to train and support designers to be critical and progressive in the field of interiors and to expand the bound...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149939182/mvrdv-is-building-a-giant-staircase-to-honor-rotterdam-s-post-wwii-reconstruction MVRDV is building a giant staircase to honor Rotterdam's post-WWII reconstruction Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-08T14:05:00-04:00 >2016-04-15T03:48:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kp/kpqi2fuewk1cikt8.jpg" width="650" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As one of the first major structures built during Rotterdam's post-World War II reconstruction efforts, the centrally located Groot Handelsgebouw is a marker of the city's vision for urban development through the end of the 20th century, functioning both as an office complex and monument. Adjacent to the Stationsplein, the square in front of Rotterdam's Central Station where thousands of commuters pass through daily, the Groot Handelsgebouw area is a major hub and vantage point from which to survey the city.</p><p>MVRDV's The Stairs, a public staircase installation accessible for one month early this summer, honors all of these elements &ndash; providing a public space from which to view the city's development, linger in the square, enjoy the historic Groot Handelsgebouw's rooftop, and refer (through its scaffold-inspired design) to the ongoing construction efforts of post-WWII Rotterdam, the 75-year mark of which is being celebrated this year with the concurrent "Rotterdam celebrates the city!"...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/144056373/a-bobbing-forest-will-soon-float-in-rotterdam-s-harbor-basin A Bobbing Forest will soon float in Rotterdam's harbor basin Alexander Walter 2015-12-23T14:20:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T22:36:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a3/a3426187f308fe144ed0508bde2b8bb5.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We all want our cities to be greener, but it is often quite hard to grow trees in a concrete environment. So, why not turn to waterfronts or lakes to place trees? Rotterdam will get its first &lsquo;bobbing forest&rsquo; in 2016: a collection of twenty trees that are floating in the Rijnhaven, a downtown harbor basin. [...] After experimenting with a sample tree last year, an entire floating forest of twenty trees is scheduled to be &lsquo;planted&rsquo; on March 16, 2016.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131562508/it-s-official-trees-are-good-for-your-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's official: trees are good for your health</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131579411/rotterdam-considers-paving-its-roads-with-recycled-plastic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rotterdam considers paving its roads with recycled plastic</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131886682/follow-the-yellow-wooden-road-into-rotterdam-s-new-luchtsingel-pedestrian-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Follow the yellow wooden road into Rotterdam's new Luchtsingel pedestrian park</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/136888508/rotterdam-s-smog-transformed-into-jewelry-thanks-to-an-outdoor-air-filter Rotterdam's smog transformed into jewelry thanks to an outdoor air filter Julia Ingalls 2015-09-17T15:21:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:36:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qd/qdo4dqq9deuocdvg.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After [the 23-foot-tall air filter designed by Daan Roosegaarde] filters smog from the air, it compresses the collected waste particles into cubes that can be embedded into jewelry such as rings and cufflinks &mdash; and, hopefully, prompt further conversations about extreme air pollution.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on how designers are creatively tackling pollution:</p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121124432/delhi-s-air-pollution-is-worse-than-beijing-s-a-new-app-measures-the-air-quality-in-real-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Delhi&rsquo;s air pollution is worse than Beijing's. A new app measures the air quality in real time.</a></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119439038/beijing-mayor-says-air-pollution-makes-his-city-unlivable" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing mayor says air pollution makes his city "unlivable"</a></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/68054/air-pollution-google-earth-mashup" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Air Pollution Google Earth Mashup</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a7/a7mel1t27wukf4om.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zy/zyeevqoyhkvvlyg2.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135808208/the-architect-who-wants-new-orleans-learn-a-lesson-or-two-from-amsterdam The architect who wants New Orleans learn a lesson or two from Amsterdam Alexander Walter 2015-09-03T14:54:00-04:00 >2015-09-03T15:03:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/54/5404b650dc8766f335e7a29e82ddf130.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>David Waggonner is an urban and environmental architect. Since Hurricane Katrina decimated his city, he&rsquo;s been focusing on urban stormwater management, mapping out designs for New Orleans that would mimic the way Dutch cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam deal with water. In the Netherlands, people &ldquo;invite water into the city,&rdquo; meaning water is visible everywhere. [...] &ldquo;In New Orleans, we&rsquo;ve hidden and squandered the asset.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect and our sister site Bustler:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112413471/louisiana-is-disappearing-into-the-sea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louisiana is Disappearing into the Sea</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98671389/post-katrina-will-new-orleans-still-be-new-orleans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Post-Katrina: Will New Orleans still be New Orleans?</a></li><li><a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/changing_course_teams_present_final_100-year_plans_to_restore_lower_mississ/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Changing Course teams present final 100-year plans to restore Lower Mississippi River Delta</a> (Bustler)</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131886682/follow-the-yellow-wooden-road-into-rotterdam-s-new-luchtsingel-pedestrian-park Follow the yellow wooden road into Rotterdam's new Luchtsingel pedestrian park Justine Testado 2015-07-14T19:46:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T14:01:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b0/b0v3ahtp8ertr3dp.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Rotterdam recently welcomed <a href="http://www.luchtsingel.org/en/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Luchtsingel</a>, a communal endeavor to spruce up the long-neglected Hofplein neighborhood in the heart of the city. Locally based architecture practice <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/87503546/zus-zones-urbaines-sensibles-b-v" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zones Urbaines Sensibles</a> (ZUS) devised The Luchtsingel in 2011. The focal point of the emerging "three-dimensional cityscape" is a nearly 400-meter wooden pedestrian bridge that was largely built from crowdsourced funds, accompanied by a network of refurbished public spaces.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y4/y484b5g4zwl05qg2.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/eikh35mt8q15r3eg.jpg"></p><p>"<em>Based on the idea of Permanent Temporality, the Luchtsingel introduces a new way of [city-making]. This means using the city's evolutionary character and existing forms as a starting point. Therefore, we have developed new instruments for design, financing, and planning,</em>" said ZUS partner Elma van Boxel in a statement.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ql/ql7y1kfr2xgxgxkc.jpg"></p><p>The project gained traction when ZUS set up the "I Make Rotterdam" crowdfunding campaign for the bridge. The campaign sold over 8,000 boards painted in a&nbsp;hard-to-ignore shade of yellow inscribed with the supporter's name...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131579411/rotterdam-considers-paving-its-roads-with-recycled-plastic Rotterdam considers paving its roads with recycled plastic Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-10T18:39:00-04:00 >2015-07-17T22:39:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ap/apa75wz0mivmibe6.jpg" width="650" height="541" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The construction firm VolkerWessels unveiled plans on Friday for a surface made entirely from recycled plastic, which it said required less maintenance than asphalt and could withstand greater extremes of temperature&ndash; between -40C and 80C. Roads could be laid in a matter of weeks rather than months and last about three times as long, it claimed. The company said the environmental argument was also strong as asphalt is responsible for 1.6m tons of CO2 emissions a year globally</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a title="Taiwan tests recycling's limits with bus stops out of bottles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/68576882/taiwan-tests-recycling-s-limits-with-bus-stops-out-of-bottles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taiwan tests recycling's limits with bus stops out of bottles</a></li><li><a title="Africa's First Plastic Bottle House Rises in Nigeria" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/26648463/africa-s-first-plastic-bottle-house-rises-in-nigeria" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Africa's First Plastic Bottle House Rises in Nigeria</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/113881193/the-academy-of-urbanism-awards-rotterdam-takes-top-prize The Academy of Urbanism Awards: Rotterdam takes top prize Nicholas Korody 2014-11-17T13:19:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:57:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/55/55x3ue308koxi99m.jpg" width="650" height="264" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rotterdam has been crowned as the best city in Europe at today&rsquo;s Urbanism Awards. The post-industrial city in the Netherlands beat off strong competition from Aarhus in Denmark and Turin in Italy. The award is one of five given out annually by the Academy to recognise the best, most enduring or most improved urban environments. Voted on by Academicians, each award covers a number of social, economic and environmental factors, including good governance and commercial success.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Additionally,&nbsp;Aberystwyth in Wales won the "Great Town" award. The lead assessor for the award, Tim Challans, stated, "The town&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/video-how-aberystwyth-recovered-devastating-6969139" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">resilience in recovering from the winter storms </a>demonstrates how its people are passionate about their home.&rdquo;</p><p>Holbeck Urban Village in the UK won the "Great Neighborhood" award.</p><p>Bridge Street / North Street in Taunton won the "Great Street" award.</p><p>St. Pancras International won the "Great Place" award.</p> 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/650x/pu/pu5bufxphi7oqy30.jpg" width="650" height="295" 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/650x/rq/rq683ir2b84tpqfu.jpg" width="650" height="432" 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/650x/s4/s4fs8pyn2shknzkq.jpg" width="650" height="432" 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/650x/56/56wznw41bysndtaj.jpg" width="650" height="285" 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/650x/11/11e8d3dbc369231b96a9c525a2f13d2a.jpg" width="530" height="707" 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/650x/ro/rogc661n3nq6odnh.jpg" width="650" height="306" 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/650x/97/97sk80qv8d4uia82.jpg" width="650" height="975" 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/650x/cy/cy4ythcnin6ejy4f.jpg" width="650" height="433" 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/650x/fz/fzt865cp4g3uasz5.jpg" width="650" height="433" 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/650x/ow/owd56ldkp3cdn5b1.jpg" width="650" height="867" 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/650x/w6/w6accbt3ui37wtr1.jpg" width="650" height="564" 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/650x/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/650x/g5/g5iy47zo1mo8ceyt.jpg" width="650" height="1186" 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/650x/j9/j90ti62fnivz30wc.jpg" width="650" height="433" 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/650x/t9/t9k3xr69345e4g07.jpg" width="650" height="433" 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/650x/m3/m3a940pbtgseravt.jpg" width="576" height="779" 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/650x/cc/ccggcwdn2gfauc7w.jpg" width="600" height="451" 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>