2017-07-01Souper #86

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Jan Dekkers (entrepreneur in building construction) and Fenna Haakma Wagenaar (Municipality of Rotterdam) were our guests at the end of June in restaurant Huson.

Jan graduated as a construction designer with specialization: prefab concrete. He started his career as a manager of a concrete factory, followed by several director positions at various construction companies (IBC, Heijmans, Hurks, Bruil). At the moment he is working on different innovations in the prefab industry.

Fenna, after her turnarounds at OMA, Herzog de Meuron, SANAA and the municipality of London, is now working as an urbanist for the centre area at the municipality of Rotterdam.

Our guests had little in common in terms of work and personality. Jan is a modest and technical man in charge of building construction. Fenna is undecided and works as an idea woman at a very early stage of the design process.

2017-03-29Souper #83

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Last Monday of March, a supper with the architects Jannie Vinke (ANA architecten) en Jan-Richard Kikkert (Architectenbureau K2). Housing, education, research and Amsterdam were the topics of the evening.

Our guests are very adventurous. Jan-Richard went to the west coast of America to visit all the villas of John Lautner. He was acting in a film about these photogenic houses and there will soon be published a book of his hand with all realized works Lautner together. I'm looking forward to it.

ANA goes Europe is an ongoing research project that future housing challenge is explored in the Netherlands by racing around with Hymer in other countries. Topics such as aging population, changing the commissioning and the latest innovations in construction, they have studied in several European countries. There is not much known about this nice study. Jannie tells us many interesting similarities and differences with the Dutch practice.

Housing construction is booming in the Netherlands. Particularly in Amsterdam. We talked this evening about the developments in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The role of designers in this process. The significance of Amsterdam to Rotterdam in living environments and vice versa. The night was too short for all the great stories of our guests.

2017-03-01Souper #82

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Journalist Kirsten Hannema (Volkskrant) and architect Marius Grootveld (Veldwerk Architects) were our guest during the Souper in February. They are extremely well versed in the differences, similarities and hopefully synergy between the architectural climate in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. A nice topic to talk about.

Kirsten is the architecture critic of a Dutch newspaper, is the editor of the yearbook of architecture, writes and researches more. She caused a stir with her article about an exhibition in Frankfurt which was made by our second gues Marius. The article gave a sharp analysis of the current state of the Dutch (dying) and Flemish (very exciting) architectural discourse.

Marius is a Dutch architect with an office in Belgium. He documents buildings, publishes stories and curator of exhibitions. His last exhibition - Tailor-made, an overview of Dutch and Flemish architecture - in the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt caused considerable commotion.

The general architecture enormous historical and theoretical knowledge of Kirsten and Marius and specific ideas of what our profession should be about makes this evening very interesting.

2017-02-01Souper #81

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The year of the suppers has started with two interesting guests. The architects Molenaar (Molenaar & Co architects) and Ard Buijsen (Artisan architects) sat down at our table late January. We had only a single subject: De Kuip - Stadium Feyenoord.

Joris and where both busy with De Kuip. Joris is an expert architect Leendert van der Vlugt and is strongly committed to the renovation of the existing stadium. He is convinced that the modernized ancient stadium and can be extended. Ard is proponent of a new stadium. He is one of helmsmen behind the current plan of OMA.

We tried to reconstruct the process so far. It's an incredible story. The similarities between real estate and of football are great. Opportunism, fuzzy people and companies from exotic countries, unclear funding structures, half-truths and a huge gap between expectations and reality are common in both worlds. A good soccer stadium in all cases a secondary importance. First Joris was worried about this later and Ard.

About some things, they were quick to agree. All the old plans for the stadium renovation and construction, were desperately poor. The process has become a mess and communicating parties was often unbelievable bad.

This evening was cozy restaurant Huson. We had an interesting lesson design and politics.

2016-12-16Pilot p-Matching

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How can the right residential program with the right parties are programmed in the right place? This requires in-depth understanding on the regional level and coordination between the three Ps: Program, Place and Parties. As an extension of the Atlas Smart Urbanization brings Agency Deltametropool with branch organization Bouwend Nederland, Province of South Holland and HAU in P-matching these elements together, using targeted research and data analysis. This year is a pilot project carried out in which it is tested in the South Wing od Randstad. Read the report of this pilot.