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Innovators of Dutch Architecture

Indira van 't Klooster

€ 27,50

256 pag., 16 x 24 cm, Separate Dutch and English editions.
Design: Eva Heisterkamp.
Publication date: May 27, 2013.

Supported by Creative Industries Fund NL

The Author

Indira van ’t Klooster is editor in chief of A10 new European Architecture and the author of various architecture publications in the Netherlands and beyond. In addition, she works with Architectuur Lokaal and as a visiting lecturer at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam.

About

Although the volume of business for Dutch architecture firms is dropping dramatically, the number of firms is growing. Out of necessity, but also out of conviction, young architects are starting their own practices. How do they deal with the financial and societal challenges?
The post-starchitect generation, at any rate, is not working on iconic concepts or on mass-produced façades in the suburbs. They are working on economic engineering, Lofthome, civic urbanism, open-source urbanism, urban bio logic, Freemium, performative design, crowdfunding and the Ideal Day method. These are the instruments for financial constructs, product development for do-it-yourself builders, energy flows and closed cycles, soil decontamination and social regeneration in vacant properties.

From dozens of interviews with firms started in the twenty-first century, there emerges a picture of pragmatic and committed designers who are pushing the boundaries of architecture in all directions. They are (also) becoming developers, producers or process coordinators; they are (also) creating their own commissions or forming cooperatives. The result is a self-aware recalibration of the profession, in which young architects are formulating answers to the needs of new users and clients in a different reality.

The Firms

In this book: Fabric, Lilith Ronner van Hooijdonk, Non-fiction, O+A Architects, Bavavla, Wijkwiskunde, Posad, Marc Koehler Architects, Dus Architects, Placemakers, Blok Kats van Veen, Maxim Winkelaar, Mopet Architecten, Zofa Architecten, Urbannerdam, Diy-Architect Elastik, Frantzen et al, De Mannen van Schuim, Sponge, Next, Jägers en Co, Lola Landschape Architects, Zus, Studio Daan Roosegaarde, Delva Landscape Architects, ByBali, Drive!3D, 5F10, Olaf Gipser, Fact, De Kort van Schaik, Whim Architecture, Space&matter, Bureau M.e.s.t., Zecc Architecten, Studio Menno Kooistra, Jan Konings, Superuse Studios, Doepel Strijkers, Aayu Architecten, Except Integrated Sustainability, Studio Anne Holtrop, Powerhouse Company, Star strategies + architecture, Monadnock, Flatarchitects.

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