The Aesthetics of Deceleration, spaces of slowness : between intermediate size and intermediate time

A society formed by the concepts of large-scale urbanization, globalization, high densities, mass production, mass consumption, and high-dynamic processes and connections can be characterized as a society based on acceleration and fastness.

The intermediate size of the port : between water and city

Rotterdam, city with the biggest port of Europe. Much has been written on the urbanism of Rotterdam in relation to this giant port, by Umberto Barbieri, Frits Palmboom, Michelle Provoost and Paul van de Laar to name a few. This research proposes a synthisizing and graphic view of Rotterdam and its port.

Hongkong: The attendance of the contemporary New Babylon

Constant Nieuwenhuys could be seen as one of the major visionary artists of the 20th century. His New Babylon project constitutes the idea of the other man who inhabits a new type of urban space. The natural landscape has been replaced by modern technology and finally become the new artificial nature that must now be […]

Between Network and Place

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Philips’ Transitional Urban Identity

Philips has been singularly dominant in shaping Eindhoven as it created individual buildings, infrastructure and even whole neighborhoods. Then it left. In assessing the impact of what remains of this industrial heritage as nostalgia swells in the community, what is left may be the very idea of Eindhoven. The new identity is formed from the […]

The intermediate spaces of Antwerp and Rotterdam : an exploration and comparison

Antwerp seems to be very segregated, not only by the ‘Ring of Antwerp’ and other spatial factors, but also in the identities and demographical aspects of the different neighborhoods. Every neighborhood has its unique identitiy, which clearly can be recognized walking through the streets of the city.

The Institutionalization of Architectural Culture

The first attemts to archive architectural documents (drawings, models, sketches, et cetera) were already made in the 19th century by private collectors. The archived materials primarily concerned information about monumental and representative buildings, like palaces of the aristocracy, properties of the bourgeois elites as well as important religious and public buildings. Apart from a few […]

Berlin: The city as a palimpsest

The main objective of the Architectural Analysis course of 2016 was the research of several historically loaded locations in the city of Berlin by literature study and critical spatial analysis. Five different locations were explored, which were relevant for the pre-war, war- and post-war periods of the city: the ‘Pariser Platz’, the ‘Potsdammer Platz’, ‘Berlin […]

The spatial biographies of Benno Premsela and Max Heymans

The ‘spatial biographies’ of designer Benno Premsela and couturier Max Heymans were the two key topics In the Architectural Analysis course of 2015. Students investigated the most relevant buildings in the personal and public lives in relation to the most important social and cultural transformations in the biography of these two important individuals. Usually it […]