Rademacher de Vries Architects | TACLOBAN
Rademacher de Vries is a design and research office that focuses on architecture, the city and the urban environment. Through building, teaching and exhibiting we seek to produce relevant spatial insights that are rooted in a self-conscious understanding of our discipline and culture. Our design methodology is characterized by a research driven approach that investigates projects through the perspective of different scales, cultural transformations and technological innovations. In close collaboration with our clients, we apply this design method to overcome disciplinary boundaries and actively engage in societal challenges.
Rademacher / de Vries, David Rademacher, Christopher de Vries, Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, ENCI Gebied, Luikerwegtrap, Amsterdecks, Stationstuinen, Grondwater, ENCI, Maastricht, Amsterdam, verdozing, city ports, transformatie, erfgoed.
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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


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