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IFAC: A Romance Between Art and Architecture

Held annually, the International Festival of Art and Construction (IFAC) is a 10-day event that brings together 300 students from all over the world, joined by architects, scientists, musicians, artists and craftsmen. Together they carry out 30 workshops across different disciplines that “are bound together by the architecture through which they are expressed,” according to the website. In an article originally written in Spanish for ArchDaily en Español, Ana Asensio Rodríguez shares her experience at the 2015 edition of  IFAC, reflecting on the powerful intersection of art and architecture, and the collective nature of the event.  

Sometimes you get to meet people who fill you with energy and electricity -- fleeting, intense crossroads full of shared views and beautiful ideas. Spontaneous connections, which however tiny, will remain with you for a very long time.

Sometimes, these crossroads are not between people, but between arts, crafts, talents and experiences. Among these intersections is the inevitable attraction between art and architecture: explosive collages, a romance drunk with imagination. And, on very few occasions these two types of crossroads occur at the same time. And in those moments you can only hope that it will happen again.

It's called IFAC, the International Festival of Art and Construction. It is a 10-day long celebration that brings together more than 300 people from all over the world - creatively restless individuals, who meet somewhere in the European countryside. I felt immeasurably lucky to be one of those 300 people, and so I wanted to share how fascinating IFAC is from the inside. 

Thoreau's Cabin / cc-studio

© John Lewis Marshall © John Lewis Marshall © John Lewis Marshall © John Lewis Marshall

Willem Dudok: Meet the Father of Dutch Modernism

Willem Marinus Dudok (6 July 1884 - 6 July 1974) was one of The Netherlands' most influential Modernist architects. Formally trained as an engineer, Dudok spent his formative years designing military barracks for the Dutch forces, and his time with the military has been credited with the development of his early linear style, though he was known to borrow elements from Frank Lloyd Wright's prairie school of architecture. Dudok's architectural legacy is undeniable: with a career spanning several decades, his portfolio encompasses nearly all civic buildings in Hilversum, along with a series of projects in Rotterdam, Utrecht, and Paris, among others.

More than forty years after Dudok's death, Dutch journalist Peter Veenendaal has produced two videos documenting the architect's best projects, both in Hilversum: Town Hall and the Sports Grandstand. Serving as sequels to Veenendaal's documentary "City of Light" which delved into Dudok's design for retailer De Bijenkorf in Rotterdam, the videos highlight Dudok's impressive eye for form and linearity.

Check out Veenendaal's videos and find out more about Dudok's influential architecture after the break 

World of Food / Harvey Otten + Ted Schulten

  • Architects: Harvey Otten, Ted Schulten
  • Location: Develstein, 1102 Amsterdam Zuid-Oost, Netherlands
  • Architects in Charge: Harvey Otten, Ted Schulten
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Luuk Kramer , Klaarlicht

© Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Klaarlicht © Luuk Kramer

Sneak Peek: UNStudio’s Arnhem Station to Open to the Public Tomorrow

Underway for 19 years, the UNStudio-designed Arnhem Central Station in The Netherlands will officially open to the public tomorrow. Carried out in collaboration with engineering firm Arup, the project has been underway since 1996, when UNStudio was awarded the contract for the Arnhem Central masterplan, which includes the development of office space, shops, housing units, a new station hall, a railway platform and underpass, a car tunnel, bicycle storage and a large parking garage.

© Ronald Tilleman © Ronald Tilleman © Ronald Tilleman © Ronald Tilleman

Student Housing in Elsevier Office Building / Knevel Architecten

  • Architects: Knevel Architecten
  • Location: Krelis Louwenstraat 5, 1055 Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Leading Architect: Benjamin Robichon
  • Project Team: XiaoBin Chi, Kirsten Dijkgraaf, Wieshant Manna
  • Area: 11750.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Leonard Fäustle

© Leonard Fäustle © Leonard Fäustle © Leonard Fäustle © Leonard Fäustle

The Old Library / BK. architecten + Studio Gieles + KREUK architectuur

  • Architects: BK. architecten, KREUK architectuur, Studio Gieles
  • Location: Raam 180, 2611 WP Delft, Netherlands
  • Building team : KREUK architectuur (design), Delft
Overdevest adviseurs (installation design), Den Haag aannemersbedrijf L.R. Treep (building coordination), Den Haag
  • Area: 2100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Arnaud Roelofsz Den Haag

© Arnaud Roelofsz Den Haag © Arnaud Roelofsz Den Haag © Arnaud Roelofsz Den Haag © Arnaud Roelofsz Den Haag

Provinciehuis of North-Brabant Renovation / KAAN Architecten

© Sebastian van Damme © Sebastian van Damme © Sebastian van Damme © Sebastian van Damme

Amsterdam Urban Loft / Bureau Fraai

  • Architects: Bureau Fraai
  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge: Daniel Aw, Rikjan Scholten
  • Area: 56.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Wim Hanenberg

© Wim Hanenberg © Wim Hanenberg © Wim Hanenberg © Wim Hanenberg

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum 'Bans' Cameras to Encourage Sketching

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, which was recently renovated and restored by Cruz y Ortiz, have launched The Big Draw campaign, encouraging visitors to ditch the camera and pick up a pad and pencil. Under the tagline 'You See More When You Draw', the Dutch national museum want to "help visitors discover and appreciate the beauty of art, architecture and history through drawing" as a counter to what they describe as an often "passive and superficial experience" when seen through the lens of a smartphone.

Loft Office / jvantspijker

  • Architects: jvantspijker
  • Location: Delfshaven, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Design: jvantspijker urbanism architecture research
  • Design Team: Jaakko van ’t Spijker, Paul van den Bergh, Julio Gil, Casper Aussems
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: René de Wit

© René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit

Conference: 'Research on Display: The Architecture Exhibition as Model for Knowledge Production'

The Jaap Bakema Study Centre's second annual conference, entitled Research on Display: The Architecture Exhibition as Model for Knowledge Production, will begin next month in Delft and Rotterdam (The Netherlands). Featuring presentations and discussions from members of universities around the world—including Ghent, Valencia, London, Warsaw, Paris, Michigan, Yale, Oslo and Zürich—the two-day programme seeks to examine what it means to curate architectural research.

Vlotwateringbrug / NEXT architects

© Raymond Rutting Courtesy of NEXT architects © Raymond Rutting Courtesy of NEXT architects

MVRDV Transfer Early Work to the Archives of Rotterdam's Nieuwe Instituut

Rotterdam-based practice MVRDV have begun a transfer of their early work, spanning fifteen years from 1993 to 2008, to Het Nieuwe Instituut — the central architecture archive of The Netherlands. This collection, which will eventually be made available to the public, will be in the institute's first primarily digital donation (approximately eight terabytes of data) and consisting of material from 400 of the practice's 680 total projects, including the Villa VPRO, the Silodam in Amsterdam, and the Markthal Rotterdam, as well as unrealised projects such as Meta City Datatown, Pig City, and 3D City Cube.