Leiden Bioscience Park

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Our office was asked bij the Leiden University to see how the identity and spatial quality of the Leiden Bioscience Park (LBSP) could be improved to better reflect the ambitions of its companies and institutions. The current park lacks legibility and intimate spaces. The question was to strengthen the existing master plan through small strategic spatial interventions.
A series of proposals were presented in a series of interviews with leading researchers, entrepreneurs and policy makers active at the LBSP. The were iteratively improved based on a precise understanding of the inner working of the pharmaceutical industry. The final proposal were designed to facilitate public private partnerships and improve collaboration between companies, which is currently lacking.
Realization of the project was planned to coincide with Leiden’s bid for the European City of Science.

TITLE: Leiden BioSciencePark
PROGRAM: Spatial Strategy LOCATION: Leiden, The Netherlands
YEAR: 2019
STATUS: Ongoing

In collaboration with: BiosciencePark Leiden, Vastgoed Bedrijf Universiteit Leiden,

Leiden Bioscience Park

Strategic Spatial Design

 

Circular Concrete Pavilion

In collaboration with : Van Hattum en Blankevoort

The Circular Concrete Pavilion is an experimental construction project that seeks to better understand and communicate strategies to make the concrete industry more sustainable. The project explores the tectonic implications of new recycling techniques, modularity, and co2 reducing binders. The project was conceived in collaboration with van Hattum Blankevoort one the Netherlands largest infrastructure contractors. The project is planned in the Green Village at the Delft University of Technology and is will then travel, thereby revealing the prospects of modular infrastructure.

TITLE: Circular Concrete Pavilion
PROGRAM: Research
LOCATION: Traveling structure / Green Village Delft
YEAR: 2019
STATUS: Ongoing

Circular Concrete Pavilion

Experimental construction with modular low emission concrete

 

Euregio-Ontspoord / L’Euregio derraillee

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The Euroregion derailed, is an exhibition that looks at cross-border urbanization and rail development in the Meuse valley between Liège and Maastricht. In 2018 a three-country rail network was expected to be operational, between Aachen, Liège and Maastricht, but the Belgian-Dutch connection is still falling behind. Is this a sign of failing political cooperation or are it really just technical problems that can be solved? What does the rail connection actually have to offer for Liège, Maastricht and the border region between them?Are interests aligned, and is there consensus about what the transnational connection should promote? Can innovations in mobility and logistics lead to more compact cities? Or do they accelerate suburbanization in the Maas valley?

Through contributions from various architects, students, photographers, sociologists and civil servants these questions for the border region where examined and discussed during the opening conference.

TITLE: Euregio ontspoord? / l'Euregion derailler?
PROGRAM: Exhibition LOCATION: Maastricht, The Netherlands
YEAR: 2019
STATUS: Complete

In collaboration with: College van Rijksadviseurs, Future Urban Regions, Sven Jansse , Urbagora , Derk Zijlker , Academie van Bouwkunst Maastricht

Euregio ontspoord / l’Euregion derraille

Exhibition

 

XXL NL – BigBox / Verdozing

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The last decades a single architectural typology has dominated the world more than any other: the big-box. While first theorized as the representational question of the ‘decorated shed’, the proliferation of anonymous utilitarian boxes demands a broader perspective. While in larger countries the amount of available land makes big-boxes less intrusive, in the Netherlands big-boxes quickly create an unmistakeable mark one the landscape. This proces, coined ‘Verdozing’, pits two of the Dutch most valued identities against each other: Trade vs ‘Polder’. While some argue that big-boxes are simply the result of the Netherlands’ successful reorientation towards a global economy that is dependent on the seamless integration of international infrastructures. Others lament the destruction of the flat polder lands, which are not only the result of the globally renown waterwork and land-reclamation projects, but are also hot-wired with the Dutch political sensibility of collaboration and compromise.

Our research, commissioned by the College of State Advisors, seeks to first understand the proces of verdozing at various scales from the regional to the architectural and clarify the underlying forces and actors behind their construction. Based on this research, 7 design strategies have been developed that seek to deal with the generic boxes in a more specific approach that is better tailored to the Dutch social and spatial condition. Our findings will be published in the end of 2019.

TITLE: XXL NL - De verdozing van Nederland
Design research into BigBox development in the Netherlands
CLIENT: College van Rijksadviseurs
YEAR: 2019
STATUS: Work in Progress

In collaboration with: College van Rijksadviseurs, STEC group

XXL NL

Design research into Big Boxes or ‘Verdozing’ in the Netherlands

 

Knooppunt Eijsden

The development of mobility has a direct and indirect influence on the build environment and vice versa. The formation of urban agglomeration and multi city center urban structures are both cause and result of the rail and road network. Railway station areas are important spacial and economic nodes within these dynamic structures. The mobility landscape is continuously in change. In recent decennia the traditional role of a public transport node is slowly but steadily changing to the role of a general mobility node. As consequence of this transition, its relationship to the urban environment needs to be redefined.

In commission of the college van rijksadviseurs and in collaboration with the province of Limburg and the municipality of Eijsden-Margraten we have researched by the means of design research the possibilities of a train station in an urban periphery in the boarder area of the province of Zuid-Limburg. Here two scenario's have been put forth in which the consequences of preservation en closure of the station by the year of 2040 have been researched and questioned. This research was conducted in context of a regional urban analysis on the impact of cross-boarder mobility, by the means of a tri-country train connection, which will bind Liège (L), Maastricht (NL) and Aachen (D) in the future.

TITLE: Knooppunt Eijsden
PROGRAM: Mobility - infrastructure - spatial planning
LOCATION: Eijsden
CLIENT: College van Rijksadviseurs - Provincie Limburg - Gemeente Eijsden-Margraten - Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat
YEAR: 2019
STATUS: Research

In collaboration with: College van Rijksadviseurs, Provincie Limburg, Gemeente Eijsden-Margraten, Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Rijkswaterstaat

Knooppunt Eijsden

Urban research

Formations

Formations is an ongoing design research into a type of sandstone, called mergel, that is found in the South of the Netherlands. For centuries is was used for masonry construction until it became a raw material for cement production. Today only one artisinal quarry remains open and is used predominantly for restaurantion works. Mergel is rarely, if ever, used in a more reflective contemporary manner. In collaboration with Fer Rouwet, the oldest active miner of mergel we’ve been seeking to reappraise mergel as a construction material in its own right,.

The proposal envisions a network of above ground pavilions that demarcates the underground territory of the geological formation where mergel is excavated: the Maastrichtiën . The design seeks to emphasise the spatial qualities of the underground mines and specific material qualities of mergel.

TITLE: Formations
PROGRAM: Research
LOCATION: Zuid-Limburg, The Netherlands
CLIENT: Stimuleringsfonds
STATS: Ongoing

In collaboration with: Stimuleringsfonds, Mergel Rouwet b.v.

FORMATIONS

Material Design Research

 

TACLOBAN

THE PHILIPPINES

Tacloban

Destroyed houses

Hurricane
(Yolanda/Haiyan)

Tacloban

Manila

Proximity Analysis - Education

Proximity Analysis - Amenities

Network Analysis

Elevation

Hydraulics

Land Value

Urban Resilience Strategy Urban Resilience Strategy HAZARDS Urban Resilience Strategy CLEAR: Infrastructural oriented development on safe land Urban Resilience Strategy CONNECTED: Dense grid substructure Urban Resilience Strategy SAFE: Public Safety Centers & Temporal use of floodplains Urban Resilience Strategy

Tacloban was hit by a devastating hurricane in 2014. In the aftermath a decision was made to develop the north of the city and to relocate vulnerable households further from the coastline. The displacement of vulnerable communities, however, has time and time again been shown to create more problems than it solves.

Our office was part of the United Nations Urban Lab team that was asked to assist the municipality of Tacloban with the development of a climate change adaptation growth strategy. This was meant to incorporate the remnants of the original relocation sites in the North into a comprehensive urban plan.

The proposal is based on a 3-tiered approach. First it aims to stimulate growth in safe areas through the strategic investment in public road, water and sewage infrastructures. Second, the plan clusters amenities and educational facilities around well connected and safe intersections. Last, a clear drainage network will double as public space and environmental reserve, but also functions as a buffer during floods and storm surges.

TITLE: Urban Lab - Philippines
PROGRAM: Urban Resiliency Strategy
LOCATION: Tacloban, The Philippines
CLIENT: United Nations Habitat, Dutch Creatieve Industries Fund
YEAR: 2016

In collaboration with: UN Habitat, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, City of Tacloban, Studio Maks, Mars, Krill

TACLOBAN

Urban Redevelopment Strategy

Collega Rijksadviseurs Young Innovator Program

Diagram regional structure: City port as transferhub between logisctics landscape and productive city

City port as transferhub between global industrial logistics and clean urban logistics

From a zoning based on functional seperation, to an integrated zoning based on health norms.

Business parks reveal the consequences of development that is guided by the relentless optimization of consumption and production processes. As such they hold a mirror to our globalized society and challenge many of our long-cherished conceptions of city and landscape. Nonetheless, or because of this, the topic is structurally dismissed in the debate among architects and urbanists.

This design research was commissioned by the Board of Government Advisors and the province of South Holland. The question was to look at business parks from a regional perspective. Instead of approaching the assignment as an aesthetic issue, we focussed on the underlying systems and mechanisms that determine the establishment of business parks, namely: environmental zoning, land speculation, and regional infrastructure.

Our proposal explores the opportunities of re-using the old waterways that formed the backbone of regional commerce in the past. "City Ports" are proposed as transfer hubs strategically positioned in between the massive logistic landscape of the port of Rotterdam and future cities where clean industries and housing could co-exist once again. This proposal thus establishes a regional basis for an urban and architectural task that seeks to gain control over the proliferation of business parks and to reintegrate parts of the peripheral economy into the urban environment.

TITLE: Industrial Landscapes - Zuid Holland
PROGRAM: Regional Study
LOCATION: Zuid-Holland
CLIENT: College van Rijksadviseurs - Provincie Zuid-Holland
YEAR: 2015 - ongoing
STATUS: Research

In collaboration with: College van Rijksadviseurs, Provincie Zuid-Holland

Bedrijventerreinen Zuid Holland

Regional Study of Industrial Landscapes

Amsterdecks

Water quality data Public deck & Sensors

The project Amsterdecks consists of a network of water quality measuring decks in the metropolitan region of Amsterdam. The proposal was initiated by our office after observing the increase and diversification of urban water use in Amsterdam. Our observation confirmed that a large gap exists between how public water is used and public knowledge about its quality.

Through a specially developed measuring system Amsterdecks gives an indication of the water quality and provides safe access to the water. Through an online application people will be able to get information about the fluctuating water quality in Amsterdam.

Ultimately, people will learn how Amsterdam’s water quality is influenced and how it can be improved. The decks in that sense form a liquid commons, stimulating individual and collective actions that could improve the quality of one of our most important shared resources.

TITLE: Amsterdecks
PROGRAM: Recreational Public Space
LOCATION: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
CLIENT: Waternet, Gemeente Amsterdam
YEAR: 2015 - ongoing
STATUS: Under construction
SIZE: 90 sqm
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In collaboration with: Waternet, WaagSociety, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Sector, Stichting Giro Lotterij, Gemeente Amsterdam

Amsterdecks

Public water quality measuring platform

NAP

1901 - 1930

1931 - 1950

1951 - 1960

1951 - 1960

1971 - 1980

1981 - 1990

1991 - 2000

2001-2010

2011 - 2018

Bouwjaar

NAP is a photo- and cartographic investigation into the norm of Amsterdam’s housing stock. Our fascination was propelled by the apparent reluctance of our generation to deal with a notion that is both statistically inescapable and urgent with respect to the challenge of affordable middle class housing. Ultimately, raising the qualitative norm of housing provides better for housing for most people.

Why has the norm become such a difficult topic? Why is it implicitly relegated to unnamed 2nd-tier colleagues, or to other professions entirely? Why do we glorify the collaborative approach of the Amsterdamse Stijl but remain incapable, or reluctant, to work together with such deliberation?

This project investigates the norm through mapping parts of the city that were entirely built in one decade and consist of repetitive housing units built in close proximity. Through site visits and photography we sought to capture the guiding principles, aspirations and ideologies of that period. The series clearly reveals certain continuities and ruptures during the last century and seeks to establish a more self-conscious and reflective discourse about the implicit contemporary norms that we apparently find so difficult to acknowledge.

TITLE: NAP - Normaal Amsterdams Pijl
PROGRAM: Mapping - Photography
LOCATION: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
CLIENT: ARCAM Amsterdam
YEAR: 2017

NAP – Normaal Amsterdams Peil

Research: cartography & photography