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As Dean of the Staedelschule Architecture Class, Ben van Berkel is happy to announce this year's Dean's Honorary Lecture by Benedetta Tagliabue.
The Dean's Honorary Lecture is part of the SAC end-of-year events and will take place at the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt am Main on Monday, June 29th 2015 at 19:00.
Further end-of-year events include:
First Year Group:
Thursday and Friday, June 25-26, 10:00 - 18:00
Master Thesis Group:
Monday and Tuesday, June 29-30, 10:00 - 18:00
Guest Lecture: Clemens Weisshaar
The Vanishing Line Between the Physical and the Digital
Thursday, June 25, 19:00, Städelschule Aula
Guenter Bock Prize Award Ceremony
Monday, June 29, 18:30
Photo: Spanish Pavilion, Expo Shanghai 2010, Benedetta Tagliabue. © Zhen Zhonghai
The academic campus for the Singapore University of Technology and Design reflects an in-depth understanding of the changing requirements of learning institutions today. Connectivity, collaboration, co-creation, innovation and sociality are at the basis of UNStudio’s design thinking on New Campuses.
Ben van Berkel: “By introducing diagonal and framed view corridors, vertical and horizontal connections and covered walkways and by tapering the elevations of the buildings, openness is created that means the buildings are experienced as a connected whole.”
UNStudio’s design for the Theater aan de Parade in 's-Hertogenbosch has been selected among the last two finalists in the competition to design a new theatre for the city. The residents of 's-Hertogenbosch will vote for their choice of the winning design over the next two weeks. The announcement of the winning design will take place in July 2015.
Further information about UNStudio's design >>>
Voting site (for residents of 's-Hertogenbosch): http://www.s-hertogenbosch.nl/inwoner/actueel/theater/stemmen-voor-nieuw-theater-aan-de-parade/
'Advanced Architecture Design' (AAD) at the Städelschule in Frankfurt promotes a design driven discourse of the changing role of the architect to define new fields and conditions of work. “Value Formation” is the theme of AAD 2015, and the initial phase 'De-Coding Amsterdam', focusses on a city valuation study and was recently presented at the Städelschule Rundgang 2015.
The scope of the undertakings in AAD lies, on one side, in the resultant training in and discussion of an elaborated design methodology, and on the other, in implemented research on topics in urbanism, architecture theory, science and technology. The basis for both research and design methodology is the reading of the city and its buildings as relational and intricate systems. The investigation of interdependencies of form, structure, programme, context and material, enable the consideration of an inner logic of complexity, relativity and multiplicity.
In 'De-Coding Amsterdam' the AAD students investigate phenomena of such urban systems and their effects on building and living environments. Detailed analyses of spatial, infrastructural, social, cultural and economic influences on the city of Amsterdam are addressed and raise questions about the potentials of a critical re-development of the city.
Using a large scale projection, an exploration of form and video in the Rundgang exhibition by the AAD group, the students presented a variety of impressions and observations of the city of Amsterdam that enable an unconventional reading of the city beyond the expectation of well-known stereotypes. The over-layering of a diverse selection of media centrally placed the development of possible architectural strategies in the field of interdependencies of the city’s ecology, its inhabitants and its architecture.
The video-installation reflects some of the research aspects discovered in the current investigation and form the base of the design project for Amsterdam in the coming semester.
Dean: Ben van Berkel
Advanced Architectural Design (AAD)
Guest Professor: Christian Veddeler
Students: Anirudh Rajdev Krishnadas, Bi Han, Marquez Colby, Shiraz Cheriya Parambath, Henrik Irminger Thomassen, Yelta Köm, Yorgui George Khawam
Ben van Berkel / UNStudio's new design for a 3D-printed shoe was unveiled earlier this week by United Nude at the exhibition 'Re-Inventing Shoes' during Milan Design Week 2015.
The Re-Inventing shoes project + exhibition, invited five leading architects and designers to explore and challenge 3D printing technology by designing 3D printed ladies high heels.
Ben van Berkel / UNStudio's new interactive StandTable to be launched today in Rotterdam by innovative furniture brand PROOFF.
Designed to encourage user flexibility and to generate dynamic interactions within the office environment, the StandTable stations divide the traditional circular table into three parts
and create plateaus of different heights, allowing the user to work in various positions. A place to work at, on, behind, around, the StandTable embodies flexibility in a user-generated way.
Project overview >>
‘Super Living’ and the expansion of the smart home
The ‘homes of the future’, previously the stuff of fantasy exhibited only in World's Fairs and science fiction, are increasingly becoming a reality. Automation and connectivity are making it possible for today’s smart homes to integrate information technologies through which systems and appliances are able to communicate in an integrated way, resulting in vastly increased convenience, energy efficiency, safety and security.
Ben van Berkel: “The contemporary smart home not only enables the control of appliances from afar and incorporates the necessary installations and materials to aim for a zero net energy building, it also responds to changes in today’s lifestyles.”
As such, flexible floor plans are incorporated which allow for diversity in function in order to correspond to the family’s changing needs and thus offer
choice for gathering, seclusion, work or play. The organisation of the contemporary home therefore enables the residents to curate their own home life, both now and in the future.
Ben van Berkel: “A challenge for the architect in the design of today’s single family home is a response that accurately reflects the degrees of flexibility, sustainability and automation required by the residents and the incorporation of these into the overall concept of the design.”
The W.I.N.D. House in the province of North-Holland incorporates both integrated sustainable solutions and home automation, whilst flexibility of spaces, the comprehensive assimilation of the surrounding landscape and a centrifugal circulation form the basis of the design.
On Sunday January 18th UNStudio welcomed a class of children from the IMC weekendschool and introduced them to the wide world of architecture. The IMC weekendschool gives children the opportunity to widen their horizons and explore different professions from an inside perspective. Architecture is one of the professions they learn about throughout the school year.
A group of UNStudio experts gave the enthusiastic 10 year olds a tour through the office and provided them with some insights into the profession.
Over the course of four lessons our future colleagues will make their own small projects, the best of which will be awarded during a presentation on February 8th. The students will be given the task to design their dream houses in groups of four to five children. They will make sketches, learn how to make floor plans and sections and to make models.
Caroline Bos yesterday gave a presentation at Eurau 2014 Composite Cities symposium in Istanbul.
Stemming from the urge to critically discuss the ‘today and tomorrow’ of cities worldwide, the Eurau 2014 conference is structured around the theme: “composite cities”, referring to the complexity of cities; ever increasing through new urban emergences adding up to the existing urban environment and continuously redefining our urban experience. The conference aims to enable a medium to discuss the complex relationship between urban form and urban experience through the composite character of our cities, explained hereby in four topics-possible states of composite being: hybrid city, morphed city, fragmented city and mutated city.
Ben van Berkel / UNStudio’s Seating Stones Series was launched by Walter Knoll at Orgatec 2014 in Cologne last week. The Seating Stones series is designed to encourage active participation and personalisation in the space creation of the contemporary office environment.
UNStudio's Theatre de Stoep in the Dutch town of Spijkenisse has been realised and will open to the public tomorrow.
UNStudio’s design for Theatre responds to the current cultural invigoration of the city by merging the archetypal function of a theatre - that of creating a world of illusion and enchantment - with the specific requirements of a regional theatre and its requisite to cater to the varied needs of the local community. The theatre is therefore designed with a dual emphasis on the chimeric nature of the world of the stage and the social aspects of the theatre experience.
UNStudio's exhibition 'Motion Matters 4.0' opened at the Architekturgalerie Munich last night.
The exhibition - which runs until Fri 7th Nov 2014 - presents UNStudio’s milestone projects, in addition to conveying a perspective on 26 years of architectural production, the current approach to architectural practice and the wider discourse that determines design challenges today.
Qatar Rail has appointed UNStudio as the principal architect for the Qatar Integrated Railway Project (QIRP).
The Metro Network, the key component of the QIRP - with phase 1 planned to include around 35 stations and phase 2, around 60 stations - will serve as the backbone of the public transport system in the Greater Doha Area (GDA). The full network is planned to comprise four lines connecting the GDA as well as Al Khor, and Al Wakrah-Mesaieed communities located north and south of Doha respectively.
The goal of the QIRP is to create a service which encourages the use of public transportation as a valid alternative to private transportation for the population of Doha.