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Reminder: Alumni Day 2018

Happy Easter! We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend with their friends & family! With just a month to go we are getting very excited for the Alumniday and hope […]

Invitation Alumni Day 2018

Dear Alumni and (former) Explore Lab tutors, We would like to officially invite you to Alumni Day 2018! In order to organise the alumniday, a contribution of €12,50 from each […]

Announcement: Alumni day 2018

This year is a very special year for ExploreLab as we are celebrating our 25th group of explorers. This shouldn’t go by unnoticed! We would like to invite you to […]

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Architecture as Frozen Music

Architecture as Frozen Music

Ivan TAM

As human beings, we are always questioning and exploring our relationships with the world, no matter it is our mother nature or our civilized society. I personally take the perspective that music is a mystical language, a compositional structure through which we experience the forces from the nature and our potentials being awaken. Echoing with the quote “I called architecture frozen music” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, my fascination explores on possibilities that our experience from music can be reconstructed through architectural means and eventually a new architectural type “frozen music” can be created.

Growing Architecture

Bob Hendrikx

The biggest force on earth is nature. She has been creating circular architecture for centuries, yet we can’t overcome our linear process that involves waste and non-renewable resources. Let’s change that. My project is a research towards biobased architecture. Imagine a building that is self adaptable, healing and growing. In my research I will answer the question: Which natural processes can create architecture?

Urban redefinition for a post-disaster Enschede

Urban redefinition for a post-disaster Enschede

Rik Meijer

The professions of architecture and urbanism are still developing proper interpretations that deal with the relationship between the city and destruction.
When the dust is settled, and a period of disaster-relief and processing trauma has passed, the ruins are often a breeding ground for new ideas and give sudden opportunities for progressive reform. History has proven that destruction can fast-forward the city into a new urban paradigm.
Urban violence does not only attack physical property but more importantly, the place embedded memory, culture and spirit. While destruction parasitizes on the specificity of place, reconstruction can appropriate it.
After 18 years, architects, urbanists and developers incorporated a thriving new neighborhood into the city. While most of the damaged urban tissue has been transformed into a multi-textural patchwork, the final stitch to the fabric has not been applied.
After two decades of redeveloping Roombeek, one could question if this final landmark infill should react to the same sentiments of emotion and reconciliation? In fact, passed time now allows re-evaluation of the applied ideologies of the redevelopment.
When observing the timeline of the city, the fireworks-disaster seems to be the mere last “drop” in a sinusoid of urban destruction and reconstruction. The city of Enschede has been subjected to a series of destruction that include a city-fire, World War II bombardments and a forceful destruction of its rich industrial heritage. The sequence of destruction versus reconstruction has given Enschede the tools of resiliency, that is specific to the characteristics of the place.
After destruction, cities always try to aim to elevate itself beyond pre-disaster conditions. With the redevelopment of Roombeek, the city forcefully employed a processual and participatory ‘leitmotif’ due to the sensibilities of time. As a result the project emphasized on social-return and historic continuation (the pré), and mended post-disaster trauma from the fireworks disaster (the act). Therefore, the project still carries the ongoing potential to make a statement of optimism for the city’s ambided future (the post).

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