Archinect - News 2015-05-28T14:01:21-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/127530502/nijmegen-s-new-approach-to-flood-control-and-urban-design Nijmegen's new approach to flood control — and urban design Alexander Walter 2015-05-18T16:35:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T19:13:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a3adf1e10a14b1c1f568cc30a00c3e3a.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The people of Nijmegen aren&rsquo;t taking their good luck for granted. With climate change expected to bring more intense storms like the one in 1995 (and a previous one in 1993), the city is embarking on a massive flood-control project. That may be expected in the Netherlands, a low-lying country where most homes are built behind protective dikes [...]. But even here, the approach underway in Nijmegen is unusual, and filled with ideas that river cities anywhere can learn&nbsp;from.</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/127290790/mvrdv-s-nathalie-de-vries-elected-as-new-chair-of-the-royal-institute-of-dutch-architects MVRDV's Nathalie de Vries elected as new chair of the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects Alexander Walter 2015-05-14T13:05:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T20:49:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bf/bf33886da9dc08d9bf6b05638b25d8cb.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Members' Council of the BNA has elected Nathalie de Vries of MVRDV as the new chair of its board. Nathalie de Vries will take over the position on July 1st from Willem Hein Schenk, architect and partner of architecture firm De Zwarte Hond, which he has held since 2011.</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/126441260/oma-designed-nhow-amsterdam-rai-hotel-will-be-the-largest-in-benelux OMA-designed 'nhow Amsterdam RAI' hotel will be the largest in Benelux Alexander Walter 2015-04-29T20:58:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T22:12:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2c/2cf803667920654648a4cfa9b8ae85ff.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After years of delays, Amsterdam RAI is getting its own hotel and with its 650 rooms, Nhow RAI will win the title of&nbsp;largest hotel in the Netherlands.&nbsp;The design of the building was chosen from eleven candidates and is designed by Rem Koolhaas from well-known&nbsp;Rotterdam architecture firm OMA. [...] Among the features will be a virtual 3D holographic meeting space for having &ldquo;in person&rdquo; meetings with the holographs of people in another location.</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/122068728/mecanoo-s-newly-opened-delft-train-station-hall-stays-true-to-its-city-roots Mecanoo's newly opened Delft train station hall stays true to its city roots Justine Testado 2015-03-03T21:46:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T20:30:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ea/eapvlyxzrc6q300o.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Six years after the project was first announced, Delft's new railway station hall opened its doors to the public this past Saturday. Designed by native Dutch firm Mecanoo, the new building purposefully nods to its cultural roots so that visitors arriving at the station will know from the get-go that they are in Delft indeed.</p><p>The station hall, which is the first phase of the development, is built above a new train tunnel that will replace an old 1965 concrete viaduct by 2017. Amsterdam/Aachen-based Benthem Crouwel, who worked on the Rotterdam Centraal Station, designed the station's below-ground platforms.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qq/qqn80vsbpew0krpk.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wc/wcvytzrf72m4pqv7.jpg"></p><p>With Francesco Veenstra as design lead, Mecanoo focused on balancing Delft's rich history with its present and future for their design concept. As expected, the Delft Blue color scheme is rampant throughout the building's exterior and interior.</p><p>The building's outer fused-glass skin was designed to "reflect the Dutch skies" and features a lens-like sphere pattern that refers to a commo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121199869/amsterdam-s-ugly-architecture-from-the-70s-proves-resilient-against-gentrification Amsterdam's "ugly" architecture from the 70s proves resilient against gentrification Alexander Walter 2015-02-20T13:44:00-05:00 >2015-02-27T20:20:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/66eed296c58bc113faa1a3079ec2496f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In times when the rest of the city is rapidly becoming extremely expensive, Amsterdam&rsquo;s ugly light gray and pink-yellow housing blocks are staying affordable, with rents contingent on income. Their continued presence in the city is becoming a memorial for a once-existing Amsterdam, in which almost all space in the city was equally distributed.</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/113901319/inside-the-dutch-village-where-everyone-has-dementia Inside the Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-17T19:50:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T22:43:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/47f3e781364f92d3c16c10830676875b.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubbed &ldquo;Dementia Village&rdquo; by CNN, Hogewey is a cutting-edge elderly-care facility&mdash;roughly the size of 10 football fields&mdash;where residents are given the chance to live seemingly normal lives. With only 152 inhabitants, it&rsquo;s run like a more benevolent version of The Truman Show [...] Last year, CNN reported that residents at Hogewey require fewer medications, eat better, live longer, and appear more joyful than those in standard elderly-care facilities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Adapting to an unprecedented aging population means adjusting elder-care expectations and forms. So-called <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113421877/designing-for-seniors-and-soldiers-toward-a-silver-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Silver" architecture</a>&nbsp;aims to address this growing population, but what about an urbanism of the elderly? Knowing that <a href="http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/streams-of-consciousness/2012/04/24/the-importance-of-being-social/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">active social bonds can actually have long-term health benefits</a>, why not "silver" urbanism?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112585338/new-c-city-museum-district-breaks-ground-in-the-netherlands New "C-City" museum district breaks ground in The Netherlands Justine Testado 2014-11-01T12:03:00-04:00 >2014-11-05T18:02:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9h/9hulc3g02zgteegf.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Continium.&nbsp;Cube. Columbus. What sounds like characters in a comic book series is really the three defining components in "C-City", a new museum district located at the entrance into the Dutch-German border town of Kerkrade. Designed by Rotterdam-based <a href="http://www.shifta.nl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shift Architecture Urbanism</a>, the &euro;20.5 million project recently broke ground and is currently scheduled to open by the end of 2015.</p><p>C-City will bring technology, science, and design in one integrated museum district. Next to the existing Discovery Centre Continium will be the C-Square, a sunken-square space for&nbsp; student labs, restaurants, and other public amenities. C-Square will also serve as an underground pathway landscape that connects all of C-City's facilities.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ar/arj0xcg6t7gf6i54.jpg"></p><p>The Continium will also be joined by the Cube and Columbus buildings. The Cube will house The Netherland's first design museum whereas Columbus was designed as an inverse planetarium theater &mdash; making it the first building of its kind in Europe. In addition to the museum gall...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111259168/a-closer-look-at-unstudio-s-new-theatre-de-stoep-in-spijkenisse-the-netherlands A closer look at UNStudio’s new Theatre de Stoep in Spijkenisse, The Netherlands Justine Testado 2014-10-14T14:05:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:28:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j2/j28xsdkun8dymhxa.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the Dutch town of Spijkenisse, the Theatre de Stoep designed by UNStudio recently celebrated its grand public opening, not long after the theater was completely realized. Inspired by the type of liveliness only experienced through live theater performances, the new cultural theater features undulating edges and a striking color palette of white and vivid purple, and circular LED lights on its fa&ccedil;ade.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xj/xj08h44u9g197vnl.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kw/kwhekspdeitrngbf.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rm/rmax483sit5u22uw.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2n/2noz7l1lmb0jrhhb.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4r/4rrzbqet296xs4ta.jpg"></p><p>Check out a timelapse video of the theater's construction below. More details about the project on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/A_closer_look_at_unstudios_new_theatre_de_stoep_in_spijkenisse_the_netherla/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110277897/has-floating-architecture-s-moment-finally-arrived Has Floating Architecture’s Moment Finally Arrived? Archinect 2014-10-01T20:23:00-04:00 >2014-10-03T06:56:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/05bcb2beaf2c700961e44430708f6a2d.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a quiet, shady street in Rijswijk, the Netherlands, Koen Olthuis and the design team at Waterstudio are changing the world. From this deceptively nondescript headquarters, Waterstudio is designing the cities of the future. If Olthuis has his way, they will be safer, more flexible and more resilient than current cities. How will he do this? Olthuis is designing floating cities.</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/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/104422375/italian-team-wins-first-place-at-the-solar-decathlon-europe-2014 Italian team wins first place at the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 Justine Testado 2014-07-17T20:32:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:09:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hv/hvwe7tylh6f0ut8w.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The top three winners of the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 were recently announced during the awards ceremony this past weekend in Versailles, France. For two years, the 20 student teams worked to build a full-scale, fully functioning solar-powered house.</p></em><br /><br /><p>(Pictured above) <strong>1st Place/Overall: </strong>"Rhome for Dencity" by Team Rhome (Universit&aacute; Degli Studi di Roma TRE)</p><p><strong>2nd Place:</strong> "Phil&eacute;as" by Atlantic Challenge (Nantes, France)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/72/7240nedqzdse327u.jpg"></p><p><strong>3rd Place:</strong> "A Home with a Skin" by Pr&ecirc;t-&agrave;-loger (TU Delft, The Netherlands)<br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94365163/saving-face-pr-t-loger-designs-solar-powered-skin-to-preserve-dutch-row-houses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">(Previously on Archinect)</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rc/rcjzocsjqyv4ikja.jpg"></p><p>Head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/italian_team_wins_first_place_at_the_solar_decathlon_europe_2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/100707493/new-u-s-embassy-in-the-hague-netherlands-breaks-ground New U.S. Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands breaks ground Justine Testado 2014-05-30T13:49:00-04:00 >2014-05-30T13:51:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hd/hdpdlr4o9omoec3u.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Over in The Hague in The Netherlands, the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) celebrated the groundbreaking of the new U.S. Embassy earlier this week. Located on a 10-acre site in the Wassenaar municipality, some features of the $206 million project will include a chancery office building, a U.S. Marine Corps residence, a utility building, and multiple access pavilions.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/450/moore-ruble-yudell-architects-planners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moore Ruble Yudell Architects &amp; Planners</a> of Santa Monica, CA will be project architect with Caddell Construction Company of Montgomery, AL for construction.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/er/ern0w6za9f8c4loo.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fx/fxi517q4jftroxj3.jpg"></p><p>Find more about the project on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/new_u.s._embassy_in_the_hague_netherlands_breaks_ground/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98841909/how-holland-can-help-fight-floods-around-the-world How Holland can help fight floods around the world Alexander Walter 2014-04-28T13:32:00-04:00 >2014-11-17T19:32:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/38/386ced0c58f35f78b2e279a472830bc1.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s initiatives such as this that have, in recent years, given the water engineers of Holland their almost mythical status amongst flood defenders the world over. After Hurricane Sandy hit New York, in 2012, the $20 billion protection plan that was subsequently instituted built upon principles that were pioneered by the Dutch. Officials from as far away as China, Vietnam, Thailand and Bangladesh are currently consulting Dutch experts.</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/98034524/glow-in-the-dark-roads-make-debut-in-netherlands Glow-in-the-dark roads make debut in Netherlands Alexander Walter 2014-04-14T15:43:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T21:06:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/238343a1aae7758c9a406ecb1a4717f0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced streetlights on a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands. Studio Roosegaarde promised us the design back in 2012, and after cutting through rather a lot of government red tape we can finally see the finished product.</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/97821088/how-to-think-like-the-dutch-in-a-post-sandy-world How to Think Like the Dutch in a Post-Sandy World Archinect 2014-04-11T21:12:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T01:50:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1f/1fee55b9cf12a25573e0ea73fd8bc4a0.jpg" width="495" height="647" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dutch water-management experts have done such a good job of protecting their country that they rarely get to practice with water crises &mdash; whereas America was facing something monumental that as a culture it didn&rsquo;t yet grasp. When Donovan arrived back in the U.S., he opened an email from Ovink that said, in effect, &ldquo;I hope this isn&rsquo;t too forward, but could I come work with you?&rdquo;</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/97028301/sjors-de-vries-on-next-level-city-making-in-the-netherlands Sjors De Vries On Next-Level City-Making In The Netherlands Alexander Walter 2014-04-01T14:32:00-04:00 >2014-04-04T11:50:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dd/dd4d604fd21389e14a4666a723467a37.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sjors de Vries is a Dutch urban planner and founder of RUIMTEVOLK (&lsquo;Space People&rsquo;), a leading online discussion platform about planning and urbanism in the Netherlands. We spoke with him about the current state of planning in the Netherlands, the best ways to upscale cute and small initiatives to make them serious improvements to the city, about the power of online media in city-making and the role of their platform.</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/96643127/finding-playground-potential-in-the-energy-carousel-in-dordrecht Finding playground potential in the Energy Carousel in Dordrecht Justine Testado 2014-03-31T15:08:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:33:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dp/dpjkhkbpg7qp8hfc.jpg" width="514" height="651" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For a kid, a lifesize light-up spinning top that you can play in right in your neighborhood sounds like a dream come true -- and such is the case in Dordrecht, The Netherlands.</p><p>The Energy Carousel by Madrid-based firm <a href="http://ecosistemaurbano.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ecosistema Urbano</a> is a play structure that is both engaging and educational. As kids grab onto one of the structure's hanging ropes, the kinetic energy released by their movements is stored in a battery, which later serves as supply to light up the structure at night. The carousel's LED lights shine in various colors depending on how much energy was stored during that day.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ol/oluttxbzz4vzon5c.jpg"></p><p>The Energy Carousel was one of the winning designs in a 2010 invited competition by <a href="http://www.carve.nl/?pm3=20&amp;lg=en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carve</a>, an Amsterdam design group that specializes in developing and engineering public spaces for children. Carve asked 10 European firms to design a multi-age sustainable "unconventional play object" to complete the Governeursplein public square in Dordrecht.</p><p>Since then, it seems the Energy Carousel has provided whirls ...</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/94365163/saving-face-pr-t-loger-designs-solar-powered-skin-to-preserve-dutch-row-houses Saving face: Prêt-à-Loger designs solar-powered skin to preserve Dutch row houses Justine Testado 2014-02-26T18:13:00-05:00 >2014-02-26T18:13:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lz/lzegc9cwees7wgbp.jpg" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How do you transform over 2 million Dutch terraced houses into more spacious, neutral-energy homes while they're still being inhabited? According to a team of <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/343/delft-university-of-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TU Delft</a> students, a solution to that is Pr&ecirc;t-&agrave;-Loger.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s9/s9cpou3d2lkbn1v3.jpg"><br><br>Translated to "ready to be lived in," the <a href="http://www.pretaloger.nl/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pr&ecirc;t-&agrave;-Loger</a> model was developed to preserve the historic Dutch row house, which was mass-produced for the middle class during the post-war period. The row house remains as the most common house typology in The Netherlands and is a cultural icon for many Dutch residents.</p><p>Trying to preserve and sustainably enhance the houses to modern-day standards, the Pr&ecirc;t-&agrave;-Loger team designed an adaptable "skin" made of solar panels and smart technology that can be applied to the house's facade. The skin can be customized to the various shapes and sizes of the homes.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7i/7i2n927nvdmsughj.jpg"><br><br>The team recently celebrated the official kick-off of Pr&ecirc;t-&agrave;-Loger. With the support of partner organizations, they plan to implement the concept to a local neighborhood in Honselersdi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93072348/mecanoo-s-francine-houben-named-aj-woman-architect-of-the-year-2014 Mecanoo’s Francine Houben named AJ Woman Architect of the Year 2014 Justine Testado 2014-02-07T13:51:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:18:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b4/b40hrikv8xmx5v3h.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>The Architects' Journal</em>&nbsp;(UK) announced Francine Houben, creative director and founder of Dutch firm&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/mecanoo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecanoo</a>, as the recipient of the AJ Woman Architect of the Year 2014. The award honors design excellence and strong leadership among women in architecture.</p><p>Houben received the prestigious award in a ceremony at London's Langham Hotel on Feb. 7. Projects of Houben and Mecanoo include the high-profile Library of Birmingham, La Llotja de Lleida, and the Kaap Skil maritime and beachcombers museum.</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g3/g3wakz870ipxfixb.jpg"><br><br>Upon receiving the award, Houben said, "'I feel privileged to be a woman, to be a mother and to be an architect, which was not always an easy combination. It was also a privilege to design the Library of Birmingham, here in the UK. Libraries play an essential role in the emancipation of young women all over the world. I&rsquo;m very proud to be able to design more projects with a &lsquo;Dutch touch&rsquo; in the UK. I strongly believe that architecture is about teamwork, about being visionary and supportive at the ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91702458/what-could-have-been-of-gershwin-plot-14-by-nl-architects What could have been of Gershwin Plot 14 by NL Architects Justine Testado 2014-01-20T19:48:00-05:00 >2014-02-16T21:53:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c3/c3gdtwe5u3pgbwbg.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gershwin Plot 14 by Dutch firm NL Architects is an eye-catching project to start off the week. The proposal was the winning entry of a 2012 competition to design a new large residential building in Amsterdam. Unfortunately, the project was abruptly cancelled in 2013. Such is the world of architecture...</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3a/3ammnm5enr7zmb82.jpg" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5a/5aff9wkr9r9za19d.jpg" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9b/9bh1g920iimsojbo.jpg" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4f/4f3mnbori2gpq1he.jpg" title=""><br><br> Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/gershwin_plot_14_by_nl_architects/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90620981/joint-runner-up-entry-complete-schiedam-connects-history-and-industry-in-europan-netherlands Joint runner-up entry “COMPLETE SCHIEDAM” connects history and industry in Europan Netherlands Justine Testado 2014-01-06T19:23:00-05:00 >2014-01-07T19:33:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/71/710fv2kag0ne3qkf.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our next Europan 12 proposal comes from the Netherlands competition for the Schiedam site. As one of two runner-ups, "COMPLETE SCHIEDAM" by Team BASIC CITY A+U / Felixx was designed to connect the historic core and industrial zones of Schiedam, reinventing the city's identity over time.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4j/4jp6viac12251g73.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p6/p6ciwl8fnl8n7qgg.jpg" title=""><br><br> Find more proposal details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/complete_schiedam_-_joint_runner-up_entry_for_schiedam_in_europan_netherlan/" 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/87928098/villa-kogelhof-by-paul-de-ruiter-architects-wins-an-arc13-architecture-award Villa Kogelhof by Paul de Ruiter Architects wins an ARC13 Architecture Award Alexander Walter 2013-12-02T18:28:00-05:00 >2013-12-10T18:30:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bu/buno03hqyc3b6qur.jpg" width="514" height="770" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The ultramodern Villa Kogelhof in Kamperland, the Netherlands has just been awarded one of the prestigious Dutch ARC13 Architecture Prize. The building's designers, Amsterdam-based Paul de Ruiter Architects, were honored with the prize &mdash; alongside three other award winners &mdash; at a festive award ceremony in Rotterdam.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p4/p4rkr0jsc9ehjtdh.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mc/mcqudx7lrd5294zb.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/67/67p9h9hs0nimccqq.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uf/ufjobbwpwvi009hd.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>Photography by Jeroen Musch.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86297041/get-lectured-tu-delft-fall-13 Get Lectured: TU Delft Fall '13 Justine Testado 2013-11-11T15:46:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T16:07:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ag/agwq35owjt92onl4.jpg" width="514" height="719" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/329751/fall-2013-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2013</strong></a><br><br> Here on Archinect we recently launched "Get Lectured", where we'll feature a school's lecture series--along with their snazzy posters--for the current season. (<strong>UPDATE:</strong> We've begun adding international schools!) Check back regularly to stay up-to-date and mark your calendars for any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p> <p> Today's featured poster comes from the <strong>The Berlage Center</strong>, a post-graduate department of the <strong>Delft University of Technology</strong> in The Netherlands.</p> <p> A little history: The Berlage Center was established after the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam closed in 2012 when all funding ceased for post-academic institutions in The Netherlands. The Institute's deans included one of its founders Herman Hertzberger, Wiel Arets (1995), and Alejandro Zaera-Polo (2002). Since 2012, the Berlage Center continues to operate as a research, discussion and cultural platform for architectural, urban, and landscape issues.</p> <p> <em>Want...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84760640/winners-of-the-dutch-design-awards-2013-spatial-category Winners of the Dutch Design Awards 2013 - Spatial Category Alexander Walter 2013-10-22T14:46:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T21:49:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ll/lla04i1td5wjfx9v.jpg" width="514" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The annual Dutch Design Awards announced its 2013 winners last weekend in the three main categories of Spatial, Communication and Product. This year's award winner in the category Spatial - Best Exterior is BiermanHenket Architecten's Extension of the Museum De Fundatie in Zwolle, NL. The Spatial - Best Interior title went to Uitwerde Tower by Onix.</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/82305949/frank-havermans-rietveld-landscape-unveil-secret-operation-610-thinkspace Frank Havermans + Rietveld Landscape Unveil "Secret Operation 610" Thinkspace Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-09-24T14:19:00-04:00 >2013-09-26T13:52:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ma/mavqe1bx7zdryro3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When aircraft Shelter 610 opens its ruthless doors, a monstrous black behemoth slowly comes driving out. The object revives the mysterious atmosphere of the Cold War and its accompanying terrifying weaponry. At an almost excruciatingly slow pace, the artwork uses its caterpillar tracks to cross the seemingly infinite runway.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Lending a new meaning to "think tank", the formidable&nbsp;<em>Secret Operation 610</em> is now slinking its way across <a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?expflags=enable_star_based_justifications:true&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;cid=11298052106116834619&amp;q=Vliegbasis+Soesterberg&amp;iwloc=A&amp;gl=US&amp;hl=en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbase Soesterberg</a> in the Netherlands. Both art piece and educational practice, the structure is designed by Studio Frank Havermans and Reitveld Landscape for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.skor.nl/eng/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SKOR</a>&nbsp;| Foundation for Art and Public Domain. While the aesthetic is inspired by a Cold War military atmosphere, its interior serves as a research space -- conducted while <em>Secret Operation 610</em> crawls across the landscape.</p> <p> The "mobile sculpture" will first be home to students from Delft University of Technology, studying carbon-free and silent flight technology, but&nbsp;will ultimately be open to researchers from any discipline.</p> <p> Check out <i>Secret Operations 610</i> in action in the video below.</p> <p> More on <em>Secret Operation 610</em> from <a href="http://frankhavermans.wordpress.com/2013/09/14/secret-operation-610-rietveld-landscape-studio-frank-havermans/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Frank Havermans</a>&nbsp;+ <a href="http://www.rietveldlandscape.nl/en/en/projects/739" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rietveld Landscape</a></p>