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Mecanoo reveals porous bubble-shaped experimental garden for sustainable society in Netherlands

WA Contents • January 13, 2017 • 656

Global Dutch architecture practice Mecanoo has revealed new images of Eden Soestdijk, which is an experimental garden for a sustainable society and a paradise destination for all. Transformed from the Soestdijk Estate, this new plan is developed by the Eden Soestdijk Foundation, Mecanoo architecten, Kossmann.dejong and Royal HaskoningDHV in response to the redevelopment competition for the Palace organised by the Dutch government.The redevelopment of the Soestijk estate is dedicat (...)

First images of Names Monument for Amsterdam’s Jewish Cultural District unveiled by Daniel Libeskind

WA Contents • December 17, 2016 • 2857

Daniel Libeskind has unveiled firs images of Names Monument for Amsterdam’s Jewish Cultural District-the memorial will be the first holocaust memorial to memorialize all the 102,000 names of the Dutch victims of the Holocaust. Announced by Dutch Auschwitz Committee today, the memorial is located at the heart of Amsterdam’s Jewish Cultural District and comprised of zig-zag shifted volumes which represent the letters in the Hebrew word meaning ''In Memory of''. (...)

UNStudio and MDT-tex complete biomimetic eye-beacon pavilion for Amsterdam Light Festival

WA Contents • December 15, 2016 • 1568

UNStudio and textile manufacturer MDT-tex have completed twisted, biomimetic design for the Amsterdam Light Festival 2016. Inspired by the theme of this year's festival 'biomimicry', the pavilions serves as both an attraction point and a ticketing/information booth for people visiting the festival.Located in waterfront of Blauwbrug, Amsterdam, the design specifically refers to the deep sea world, where living organisms counteract the darkness of their environment by employing (...)

BIG+Barcode Architects’ monumental Gateway will include zero-energy residences in Amsterdam

WA Contents • December 6, 2016 • 1142

BIG and Barcode Architects have teamed up to design a mixed-use building in the neighborhood of IJburg, Amsterdam, which will include 380 zero-energy residences, commercial and common areas, 240 underground parking spaces, and a comprehensive water-quality program. The international team has won the competition to create a landmark in the emerging neighborhood of IJburg, bridging the new urban district to the harbor areas near Amsterdam’s historic city center.Titled Slu (...)

OASE #97 now available, presentation on 12 December 2016

berrin chatzi chousein • November 24, 2016 • 773

OASE #97 — Action and Reaction in Architecture is now available at NAi Booksellers. This issue of OASE presents a collection of confrontations between architects themselves, and between architects and architecture critics.Creating and thinking about architecture has always been defined by the mechanism of action and reaction. One way of making architecture is criticized or rejected and immediately used as a starting point for another, opposing and better method, practice or theory. Archite (...)

KAAN Architecten transformed former De Nederlandsche Bank into its new architecture studio

WA Contents • November 23, 2016 • 1220

Dutch-based architecture firm KAAN Architecten has moved to a new office, marking a page-turn for the expanding architectural practice. KAAN Architecten transformed former De Nederlandsche Bank into its own design studio, which involves monolithic columns, wooden floors with an industrial backdrop and pre-existing ceiling equipments. The new location is in the heart of Rotterdam, situated along the Maas river, just a few meters from the iconic Erasmus bridge and the firm&rsqu (...)

Call for submissions: MONU #26 - Decentralised Urbanism

WA Contents • October 31, 2016 • 1331

When in 2007, almost ten years ago, we conducted an interview with Floris Alkemade for MONU's issue #7 on "2nd Rate Urbanism" about a Dutch city called Almere that was founded in the 1980s as a decentralised town with multiple centres, he explained that once, when he tried to find a place to have a beer there, he passed by an endless number of similar-looking houses but could not find any centre where a bar or café might have been, as the city never became dense anywhere. He describe (...)

Mecanoo’s ID College and ROC Leiden compile varying volumes and functions in a unified space

WA Contents • October 21, 2016 • 2351

Mecanoo has completed new ID College and ROC building in the city of Leiden, Netherlands, which introduces varying volumes and functions in a light, transparent and unified space. ID College and ROC Leiden offer secondary vocational training and education. The new build location in the historic city centre of Leiden accommodates the vocational education for students in healthcare. The complexity and historical nature of the inner city site required a thorough analysis in order to (...)

Mecanoo completes iPabo University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam

WA Contents • October 19, 2016 • 1784

Global architecture practice Mecanoo has completed new iPabo University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam with the overhaul of 1960s iPabo building and a new extension, needed for the substantial increase of students expected in the coming years. The adjustments and enhancements made in last few decades resulted in a fragmented building that lacked clear organisation and had limited ties to the surrounding area. Renovation of the school coincided with iPabo’s quest for a (...)

MONU released new issue on Independent Urbanism

berrin chatzi chousein • October 17, 2016 • 1327

MONU is an English-language, biannual magazine on urbanism that focuses on the city in a broader sense. MONU 25 has the title Independent Urbanism. A city in a country that recently gained independence is likely to undergo processes of radical transformation and massive restructuring and re-imagining that are not only societal, political, and economic in nature, but can also impact the planning system of a city and influence its built-up environment.Re-imagining that are not only societal, (...)

A massive triangular wooden canopy wraps Ede Wageningen Train Station in the new images by Mecanoo

WA Contents • September 8, 2016 • 2605

Global architecture firm Mecanoo has released new images of the new Ede Wageningen Train Station in the Netherlands, which introduces a huge cascading wooden canopy for the retail and station facilities. After winning the competition in 2014, the studio has finalized the design by creating a striking wooden roof that makes the station a unique and vibrant place, a well-integrated and characteristic destination where the comfort of travellers and local residents is put first.The new Ede (...)

OASE 96. Social Poetics - The Architecture of Use and Appropriation is Now Available!

berrin chatzi chousein • August 17, 2016 • 2040

OASE 96 examines the remarkable revival of architectural practices that focus on reuse and appropriation of buildings, environments and materials. To what extent can and will designers engage in this process, and what is the possible positive or negative social impact of these interventions? This issue focuses on case studies, practical experience, critical refl ection and ideas that show how architects and urban planners proactively deploy reuse in view of future user opportunities and/or appli (...)

“Behind the scenes” window into Rem’s world, it is more “inside the brain” says Oliver Wainwright

WA Contents • August 13, 2016 • 2404

[......] Pitched as a “behind the scenes” window into Rem’s world, it is more “inside the brain”, like a one-on-one session with Koolhaas on the psychiatrist’s couch. This journalist-turned-architect has always been so conscious of his media portrayal as the self-styled maverick – an unparalleled master of irony, allergic to nostalgia and sentimentality – that the first-person narrative reveals a surprising vulnerability. In places, it verges on sc (...)

Rem Koolhaas on the origins of OMA/AMO

WA Contents • July 29, 2016 • 2908

Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) has presented recommended readings of this week featuring The Origins of OMA/AMO: Interviews with Reinier de Graaf and Rem Koolhaas alongside The Greg Lynn Show:The second episode in our talk-show series. This week: Johan Bettum and Kivi Sotamaa, Found in Translation: Palladio – Jefferson: A look at Palladio in American translation, A Fish Is Kind of Aerodynamic: A conversation between Greg Lynn and Rick Smith on the digital in Frank Gehry’s.&nb (...)

MVRDV introduces its new office in Rotterdam representing the company’s DNA and social focus

WA Contents • July 18, 2016 • 1757

MVRDV has moved into the MVRDV House, their new offices in central Rotterdam, marking a new chapter for the expanding architectural practice. The new location, in the iconic post-war monument Het Industriegebouw, is situated in the heart of Rotterdam’s city centre and is moments away from the firm’s Markthal. The new office houses MVRDV’s now 140 Rotterdam-based staff members and offer new facilities which represent their DNA and social focus.MVRDV’s 2400 m2 interior reno (...)

Thomas Widdershoven leaves Design Academy Eindhoven

WA Contents • July 17, 2016 • 1057

Design Academy Eindhoven has announced Thomas Widdershoven will resign from his position as chair and creative Director of Design Academy Eindhoven. Thomas Eiddershoven, the graphic designer, undertook his position in 2013 and now he will not be available for a second term for Design Academy Eindhoven students.At the opening of the academic year on September 6th he will say goodbye to students, teachers and staff. The official opening of the exhibition ‘Broken White’, a coo (...)

LAVA sets a parametric tree in the Philips Lighting Headquarters by adding intelligent lights

WA Contents • July 9, 2016 • 2080

Laboratory Visionary Architecture (LAVA) creates a parametric tree in the Philips Lighting Headquarters in Eindhoven, Netherlands by installing intelligent lights. Intelligent lights in the parametric designed ‘tree’ generate different scenarios, boosting communication, interchange and wellbeing for staff and visitors. Golden light shines through a canopy of leaves to create a unique gathering space in the atrium of the new Philips Lighting headquarters in Eindhoven.LAVA, in col (...)

1 week left to submit a proposal for MONU #25 - Independent Urbanism

berrin chatzi chousein • June 23, 2016 • 567

Although the idea that the nation-state as the exclusive agent of connections and relations between political communities is increasingly considered obsolete, the world has witnessed the emergence of more than 30 new countries over the last 3 decades. Especially the fundamental changes in world politics that unfolded across Europe at the end of the 1980s and early 1990s - most emblematically symbolized by the fall of the Berlin wall in November 1989, that led to the dissolution of the USSR and Y (...)

Rem Koolhaas speaks about fast approaching EU Referendum: Koolhaas opposes Brexit

WA Contents • June 21, 2016 • 1396

Most recently, world-renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas conducted a nonstop 12hr interview marathon with a list of exciting guests. Within a single night, 12 hours, 100 questions, Koolhaas & Van Middelaar will search for an answer to the complex question: what is Europe?, arguing the position of EU by emphasising that EU a good thing for his country and for the UK, where he began his architecture studies in the 1960s.The upcoming EU Referendum will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2016. (...)

Call for Papers OASE 98 - Narrating Urban Landscapes

WA Contents • June 6, 2016 • 1471

Call for Papers OASE 98 - Narrating Urban LandscapesThis issue of OASE brings together an interest in the perception and design of urban landscapes with a particular methodological view. In urban planning and landscape practices developed in recent decades, notions such as ‘sense of place’ and site-specificity have been reintroduced as leading concepts, especially in redevelopment of ‘post-productive’ landscapes: former industrial areas, brownfields, harbours, mining site (...)