Cyberspace : Architecture in the age of spiritual machines

The futurist Ray Kurzweil argues that computers will soon exceed the memory capacity and computational ability of the human brain. Mankind will foster relationships with automated personalities and ultimately at the end of the 21st century the distinction between man and machine will vanish althogether. It is the world of cyborgs, downloaded personalities and spiritual […]

Iconicity : the rise and fall of iconic architecture

Icon originates from a Greek work eikenai which means “to seem or to be like”, setting its roots in the dawm of civilisation. Throughout history humanity produced cast amounts of icons to represent important ideas and axiums, religious and historic events as well as lately brands and pop-culture. The icon could take many forms, from […]

Beirut : The emergence of the post-apocalyptic metropolis

We explore some important pre-war and post-war buildings of Beirut by critical reading and spatial analysis. We focus on key buildings which have been important for the historical identity of the city and the memory of its citizens (Yegenoglu, 2019), the impact of destruction on the spatial structure of metropolises as key topic. The complex […]

Port of Rotterdam : into the future

What are the possibilities of a future in which more sustainable domestic production of goods has diminished the needs for the vast container terminals and fuel storage facilities in Rotterdam?

Tabula Plexa : Een architectonische benadering voor de ruimtelijke transformatie van het infrastructurele landschap

In dit onderzoek wordt het concept Tabula Plexa aangedragen om het infrastructurele landschap te interpreteren. Tabula Plexa is een landschap dat gefragmenteerd is door een stapeling van infrastructurele lijnen op de landschappelijke onderlaag.

The principles of Metabolist architecture – between imitation and analogy

The architectural qualities of some iconic buildings have been extensively analyzed as Kisho Kurokawa’s Expo ’70 pavilion and Nakagin Capsule Tower, Kenzo Tange’s Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Tower and Yamanashi Broadcasting and Press Centre. The main purpose of the analysis was the exploration of the implicit and explicit relations between significant Metabolist theoretical principles and […]

Critical explorations of Metabolist avant-garde architecture

Seen from a contemporary perspective, the Japanese Metabolist movement’s foremost, concern was cultural resilience as a notion of national identity. Metabolism responded to the human and environmental catastrophe that followed the atomic bombing of Japan and vulnerability to natural disasters such as earthquakes, with architecture envisioning the complete transformation of Japan as a system of […]

Critical explorations of institutions for architectural culture

10 Architectural institutions were analysed on their architectural principles. They vary from smaller architectural museums (Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture) to large institutions like the Canadian Center for Architecture. But also houses by famous architects that are currently museums (House la Roche, Jeanneret) or prestigious museums that also considers architecture (MOMA). Scale models The all-white […]

Publication: The attendance of the contemporary New Babylon

The objective of our analysis approach is highlighting the expressive spatial qualities of some of the key high-rise buildings of Hong Kong by visualizing their architectural appearance comprehensible for our perception and imagination as much as possible. For this purpose, we refer phenomenologically to Aldo Rossi’s understanding of analogy. According to Rossi, one of the […]

Publication: Philips in Eindhoven

To explore the architectural quantities of Philips legacy, 4 buildings were analysed. These buildings used to function as offices or factories of the company but have been recently transformed into other functions. Both their current purpose as the heritage from their original purpose is analysed to generate a broader understanding of transformational architecture.