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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?

(Re)shaping the Post-Disaster City

(Re)shaping the Post-Disaster City

Rik Meijer

Our discipline has yet to develop proper interpretations that address the complex relation between the city and violence. Where war-destruction stems from conflict and is mostly targeted, a disaster is diffuse in geometry and ignores all existing physical and mental properties of place.
Conducting a redevelopment plan in a wounded city is a wicked problem that deals with memory of place, trauma, gentrification and ideological direction. The latter addresses the guiding emphasis the designer employs when (re)shaping post-disaster the area: restore the city to its former conditions of try to elevate the place into a new level of optimism. The research question is: How can architecture (re)shape the post-disaster city?

The city of Enschede has been subjected to numeral accounts of urban destruction: It has been burned down completely; severely bombed in the second world war; forceful destruction of heritage and a neighborhood destroyed by the 2000 fireworks disaster.
The city is battered and the urban scarification still visible. The urgency to repeatedly “get-back-on-our-feet” enabled a learning curve of social resilience among the city and its inhabitants.
While the redevelopment for the fireworks-disaster site Roombeek is completed, the last piece of the puzzle is still empty. The historically and emotionally charged site is the last piece of a cultural ensemble that finalizes the healing-process of Enschede. A manifestation of the city’s resiliency.

Architecture and death

Architecture and death

Charlotte Middelveld

I distinguish three main components that define the role of death in our society. On the smallest scale there are the rituals. These are all the habits surrounding death, for example the cake that is always served after the funeral service. Second is the societal change. Changes on a societal level always lead to changes on other levels as well. An example is the emergence of modern medicine, that essentially caused death to become much scarier, as dying meant everything else failed. It also meant that most people no longer died at home, but at a hospital. The final component is that of the spatial consequence: the spatial approach to death. Are the dead buried? Are cemeteries located inside or outside of the city? Where are the funeral homes located? Where do people die, and where do people go if they choose to die?

All these components are connected. Some have a historical connection, whereas others change gradually, like our move into the digital era. Some moments in time cause a direct shift in how we deal with death, think of 9/11.

In order to understand these changes, why they happen, and their relations, I am mapping death in a graph, that shows the relations between moments, between architectural expressions and habits. Visualizing all these connections, allows me to understand the territories in which people deal with death. By understanding the potentials in a territory, and how this particular territory works and influences us, we can manipulate it. As designers we can manipulate the process of choices, and end up designing a territory that alters, differentiates, advances or diminishes its subjects within, or more specifically, these subjects that deal with death.

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