The Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) and the Netherlands Architecture Fund (Stimuleringsfonds voor Architectuur) are delighted to introduce the three new teams which will be elaborating their design proposals under the wings of the Studio for Unsolicited Architecture, Design & E-Culture from September 2012. These proposals were chosen by a joint SfA and NAI selection committee from a total of 50 submissions. The selection committee thought that the questions addressed by these three proposals and the chosen research methodologies were surprising, while responding to societal needs in a topical and relevant manner. One feature they share in common is that each searches for a way in which design can unite and renew the fragmented landscape of consumers, the people faced by problems and pioneers.
Self Building Building: Storytelling Festival 2011 at the NDSM terrain in Amsterdam-Noord
A building that builds itself and is built by you - this was the point of departure for the ‘Self Building Building’ research proposal by Tomasz Jaskiewicz, Lilet Breddels, Alexander Zeh and Karen van der Moolen. The project aims to involve end-users as well as commissioners in the construction process by translating their wishes into a file-to-factory process. This ‘open design’ principle renews the interaction between client, architect, financier, proprietor and user. The intention of the study is to arrive at a new construction paradigm as an alternative for the standard process by which a building or neighbourhood is realised.
Shrinkage: towards a new perspective with existing flows: shrinking village Sas van Gent
The topical reality of the phenomenon of urban contraction has given rise to ‘Shrinkage: towards a new perspective with existing flows’ (Krimp: naar een nieuw perspectief met bestaande stromen), a study proposal by Zineb Seghrouchni, Chris Collaris and Anne Seghers. Their investigation’s point of departure is a pragmatic, bottom-up approach to the issue of urban contraction that is sustained by citizens and inhabitants. The study focuses on devising a script that connects factors affected by shrinkage (e.g. energy and the economy) with the stakeholders, in order to activate awareness and encourage inhabitants to engage with the changes.
Open Source City: competition entry Chessboard Ammunitiehaven for the revitalization of this neighborhood in The Hague
In the ‘Open Source City’ proposal by Rick ten Doeschate, Mark van der Net and Gerjan Streng they argue that digitisation nourishes the creative society’s capacity to find solutions and that information and software must be available to everyone. The research focuses on the capacity to provide solutions that is inherent in digital data. Using open data, GIS techniques, infographics and interactive simulations to analyse spatial patterns allows for the ‘discovery’ of innovative spatial scenarios for neighbourhoods that are being restructured. The result is a constantly growing survey of spatial patterns that is published, managed and expanded via an online platform.
Each of the three selected teams receives a project budget of €18,000. The proposals will be elaborated over the coming months, with the support of the NAI and the SfA. Moreover, the teams will be taking the initial steps towards the realisation of their proposals by establishing alliances for the implementation phase. The teams will present their research and the tangible results in early 2013. You can follow their progress via www.nai.nl/studio.
You are also cordially invited to attend the final presentation by the current Studio for Unsolicited Architecture teams at the NAI on the evening of 11 September 2012. Please register online by clicking here.
The Studio for Unsolicited Architecture is an experimental project that explores ways in which architecture can play a meaningful role in resolving urgent social and design challenges. > Read more...
On Thursday 21 March 2013 the teams that have worked under the wings of the Studio for Unsolicited Architecture, Design & E-Culture will present the results of their research. More information will be available soon.
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An advisory board of the Fonds BKVB and the NAI have jointly selected three research proposals from the 44 projects submitted for the open call Studio for Unsolicited Architecture. The proposals will be further developed over the next few months, with the support of the NAI and the Fonds BKVB.
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A bid for flexible planning, a bid for performative spaces and a bid for a sporting ground on Rotterdam’s Binnenrotte. These were the projects presented to the public and (future) team partners on Tuesday 17 January at the NAI. The bids are the work of three teams who have been developing their research proposals over the last few months with the support of the ‘Studio for Unsolicited Architecture’. Moderator Farid Tabarki guided the audience through the different presentations.
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In early January, the public presentation of the Studio for Unsolicited Architecture took place. Since then, three teams have started work on their research proposals. These teams were selected out of 38 proposals received and assessed in the autumn of 2011 by the advisory board of the Fonds BKVB in conjunction with the NAI. Over the months ahead, the designers will elaborate their proposals, supported by the NAI and the Mondriaan Fonds.
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John Habraken introduced a totally new vision for residential construction
by separating the 'support' - the base building - and the 'infill', its
fitting-out. The architect’s only responsibility was the design of the support,
of 'open buildings' that users could then fit out for themselves. Sonja Lüthi
and Marc Schwarz have made a film about
Habraken’s body of thought. The premiere of De Drager took place on January 13 in presence of Habraken.
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