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

WA Contents • October 21, 2016 • 538

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 • 700

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 • 385

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 08, 2016 • 1515

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 • 1137

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 • 1502

[......] 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 • 1936

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 • 1550

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 • 943

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 09, 2016 • 1824

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 • 485

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 • 1235

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 06, 2016 • 1384

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 (...)

Rem Koolhaas moderates 12-hour interview marathon in search of European Identity

WA Contents • June 03, 2016 • 1737

Architect Rem Koolhaas, founder of OMA, and political theorist Luuk van Middelaar conducts 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? A nocturnal 12-hour interview marathon is organized as part of ‘Re:creating Europe’, the first Forum on European Culture held on 1, 2, and 3 June 2016. Watch Koolhaas' interview (...)

KAAN Architecten will design New Amsterdam Courthouse

berrin chatzi chousein • June 02, 2016 • 1423

KAAN Architecten has won the commission to design the New Amsterdam Courthouse. The building will be located at the intersection of the Zuidas and Parnassusweg, where the present judicial complex will be demolished. The new building is to be completed in 2020. In the meantime, the law courts will be temporarily housed elsewhere in the neighbourhood. With a staff of 1.000, including 200 judges and 800 professionals, as well as many daily visitors and the processing of 150.000 cases a ye (...)

EFFEKT designs ReGreen Villages that create new sustainable eco-system for food and energy production

WA Contents • May 24, 2016 • 2548

EFFEKT designed new sustainable homes for local communities in Almere, Netherlands, which yields organic food production and energy for self-sustaining urban eco-communities 'ReGen Villages.' ReGen Villages is a tech-integrated real estate development company with the purpose of answering some of the world’s most pressing global challenges – social, financial and above all environmental. ReGen Villages is engineering and facilitating the development of off-gr (...)

MVRDV’s ’Giant Stairs’ opened in Rotterdam celebrating 75 year post-war reconstruction

WA Contents • May 17, 2016 • 1688

The construction references the reconstruction of the city.The Stairs designed by MVRDV opened by the Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb yesterday. The giant structure commemorates 75 years of the reconstruction of Rotterdam. 180 steps leading up from the Stationsplein, outside Rotterdam Central Station, have begun taking visitors up to the rooftop of the Groot Handelsgebouw, an iconic building in the history of the post-war reconstruction of the city. In its first day, The Stair (...)

MVRDV’s Cultural Cluster In Zaanstad Gets Green Light To The Next Stage Of Design

WA Contents • May 04, 2016 • 843

MVRDV’s design for the Cultural Cluster in Zaandstad has been given the green light by the municipality, allowing the project to push forwards into the next stage of design, according to the announcement of MVRDV. The building, having completed the preliminary design phase, is now at a point where the programme and aesthetics of the building have been determined. The project hopes to begin construction at the end of 2017 and spend two years in the process.The Cultural Cluster sits nex (...)