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BLUE: The Architecture of UN Peacekeeping

05:15 - 1 July, 2016
BLUE: The Architecture of UN Peacekeeping, Reporting from Mali. Photo: Malkit Shoshan. Design: Irma Boom and Julia Neller. Image © Volume
Reporting from Mali. Photo: Malkit Shoshan. Design: Irma Boom and Julia Neller. Image © Volume

Volume #48: The Research Turn contains the exhibition catalogue for BLUE: The Architecture of UN Peacekeeping, the Dutch entry at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, by Malkit Shoshan. BLUE focuses on the most prominent footprint of the United Nations’ peacekeeping operations: the compound.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union and increasingly since 9/11 and the ‘War on Terror’, warfare has moved into the city. While the wars of the 20th century were largely between nations, fighting over territorial sovereignty and along disputed borders, the wars of the 21st century have been internal and borderless. Today’s wars are being fought between large multinational coalitions of security regimes and insurgent networks. It’s not just war that has moved to the city though: the entire security apparatus has moved with them too, including its peacekeepers and their entire infrastructure. Today, United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations are taking place in hundreds of cities around the world and at a large scale.  

Kiosk at Ravelijn / RO&AD Architecten

05:00 - 28 June, 2016
Kiosk at Ravelijn  / RO&AD Architecten, © Bastiaan Musscher
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Ravelin, The Netherlands
  • Design team

    Ro Koster, Ad Kil, Martin van Overveld
  • Commisioner

    City Council of Bergen op Zoom
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Contemporary Tiny House / Walden Studio

05:00 - 27 June, 2016
Contemporary Tiny House  / Walden Studio	, Courtesy of Walden Studio
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  • Architects

  • Location

    The Netherlands 6681 Bemmel, Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Walden Studio
  • Area

    23.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Walden Studio

Dutch Museums to Build a Joint Collection Center

14:00 - 19 June, 2016
Dutch Museums to Build a Joint Collection Center, Courtesy of Rijksmuseum
Courtesy of Rijksmuseum

Four Dutch cultural institutions are collaborating to build a new repository for their vast national collections. The new Netherlands Collection Centre (CC NL) will be built in Amersfoort, east of The Hague, and will replace the current depositories belonging to Paleis Het Loo, the Dutch Open Air Museum, the Rijksmuseum and the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, combining these collections in a central hub. With an area of 30,000 square meters, the building will house 675,000 objects, and is scheduled for completion in 2020. 

Studioninedots' "The TrueTalker" Pavilion Now Open at Fab City Amsterdam

08:00 - 19 June, 2016
Studioninedots' "The TrueTalker" Pavilion Now Open at Fab City Amsterdam, © Peter Cuypers
© Peter Cuypers

Studioninedots have designed a new pavilion, “The TrueTalker,” to generate a space for open communication and storytelling. The pavilion is one of approximately fifty at Amsterdam's temporary Fab City, an initiative organised by Europe by People to promote self-sustaining, innovative cities. The project also comes as a reaction to Amsterdam hosting the European Union this spring, where rigid and official conversation will be scrutinised and recorded from every angle. In contrast, Studioninedots said that "The TrueTalker" creates a space where “everyone is invited to sit down, relax and share warming, unreasonable, crazy, unimaginable and hilarious ideas.”

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"There is Much More at Stake Than Simply Being In or Out" – Rem Koolhaas Speaks Out Over a Potential EU 'Brexit'

13:15 - 17 June, 2016
"There is Much More at Stake Than Simply Being In or Out" – Rem Koolhaas Speaks Out Over a Potential EU 'Brexit', EU Barcode (OMA*AMO). Image © flickr user eager. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.
EU Barcode (OMA*AMO). Image © flickr user eager. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.

In a recent interview with the BBCRem Koolhaas (OMA) has spoken out against the campaign seeking to remove the United Kingdom from the European Union, upon which the British people will vote in a referendum next week. Reflecting on his time spent at London's Architectural Association (AA) in the 1960s and '70s, Koolhaas fears that advocates for withdrawal may be looking at the past through rose-colored glasses.

If you look at the arguments to leave you can see this is a movement of people who want to fundamentally change England back into the way it supposedly was before.

Villa Hogebiezen / EVA architecten

02:00 - 10 June, 2016
Villa Hogebiezen  / EVA architecten, © Luuk Kramer
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  • Architects

  • Location

    The Netherlands,IJsselstein, Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Jeroen Baars
  • Area

    614.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

KAAN Architecten's Winning Design for an Amsterdam Courthouse "Exudes Openness"

16:15 - 1 June, 2016
KAAN Architecten's Winning Design for an Amsterdam Courthouse "Exudes Openness", Courtesy of Beauty & The Bit; KAAN Architecten
Courtesy of Beauty & The Bit; KAAN Architecten

KAAN Architecten has won the commission to design the New Amsterdam Courthouse. The new building will replace the current judicial complex at the intersection of Zuidas and Parnassusweg, which is slated for demolition. The Courthouse of Amsterdam is the largest in the Netherlands and handles 150,000 cases a year with a staff of 200 judges and 800 professionals. KAAN Architecten describes the building's design as both "stately" and "distinguished," stating that the intention was to create a facility that understands justice as an open process, and thus incorporates ways for the public to engage with the Courthouse.

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IKC Zeven Zeeën / Moke Architecten

05:00 - 1 June, 2016

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  • Architects

  • Location

    The Netherlands , Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Gianni Cito
  • Design Team

    P. de Weerd, V. Falconi, N. Leszczynska
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

LIAG Architects Design Energy Saving Art Storage Facility

12:00 - 31 May, 2016
 LIAG Architects Design Energy Saving Art Storage Facility, Courtesy of LIAG architects
Courtesy of LIAG architects

LIAG Architects has unveiled their design for a new art storage building. Commissioned by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the aim of the project was to create a large open space, while simultaneously meeting other needs such as protecting art that can't be exposed to daylight, controlling the temperature in certain zones, and using minimum amounts of energy to operate the building.

BLUE: Architecture of UN Peacekeeping Missions: Inside the Netherlands' Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

07:00 - 31 May, 2016

As part of ArchDaily's coverage of the 2016 Venice Biennale, we are presenting a series of articles written by the curators of the exhibitions and installations on show.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, and increasingly since 9/11 and the “War on Terror” that followed, warfare has moved into the city.

While the wars of the 20th century were waged largely between nations, over territorial sovereignty and along disputed borders, the wars of the 21st century are internal and borderless. They are fought between large multinational coalitions and insurgent networks.

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Zwarte Silo / Wenink Holtkamp Architecten

02:00 - 19 May, 2016
© Tim Van de Velde
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Waterlinie Museum / Jonathan Penne Architects + Rapp+Rapp + West 8

03:00 - 18 May, 2016
Waterlinie Museum  / Jonathan Penne Architects + Rapp+Rapp + West 8, © Van Duivenbode
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Houthaven Blok 0 – Plots 8 & 9 / Marcel Lok_Architect

15:00 - 17 May, 2016
Houthaven Blok 0 – Plots 8 & 9 / Marcel Lok_Architect, © Luuk Kramer
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Haparandaweg 650-706 and Houthavenkade 5-13, 1014 ZB, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Marcel Lok, Freddy Koelemeijer, Coen Smit, Niels Westmeijer, Nadine der Kinderen
  • Area

    20971.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Malkit Shoshan on How the City is a Shared Ground for the Instruments of War and Peace

10:45 - 17 May, 2016
Malkit Shoshan on How the City is a Shared Ground for the Instruments of War and Peace, Initial set-up, Camp Castor, Gao (Mali). Image © The Dutch Ministry of Defense
Initial set-up, Camp Castor, Gao (Mali). Image © The Dutch Ministry of Defense

Can architects have a truly active role in pressing social problems? Malkit Shoshan, the curator of the Dutch Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, thinks so. Her career is evidence of this: advocating for the incorporation of a fourth 'D' in the criteria of the UN (Defence, Diplomacy and Development) in its peacekeeping missions around the world, Shoshan has sat at the same table as military engineers and policy makers to analyze the urban impact peacekeepers have left around the world.

For the Dutch Pavilion, Shoshan has focused on the case of the joint mission of the Netherlands and the UN in Gao (Mali). In 2012, Gao was declared capital of the Independent State of Azawad, a nation not recognized by the international authorities, following Mali's Tuareg rebellion. "Although [these peacekeeping missions] occupy large plots of land in hundreds of different cities around the world, it is rarely discussed or addressed by our profession," says Soshan in the following interview.

We spoke with the curator of the Dutch pavilion after her recent visit to Mali to discuss the principles of the Netherlands in the next Venice Biennale; the impact of military drones in public spaces and why, according Shoshan, there is a close relationship between architecture, public policy and ideology. "[With design,] we can make resources available to communities that are exhausted by militarized conflicts, long periods of drought, famine and disease," she says.

MVRDV Unveil Monumental Urban Staircase in the Center of Rotterdam

15:01 - 16 May, 2016
MVRDV Unveil Monumental Urban Staircase in the Center of Rotterdam, The Staircase on Stationsplein, Rotterdam by MVRDV.. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
The Staircase on Stationsplein, Rotterdam by MVRDV.. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

A little over a month since Rotterdam-based practice MVRDV announced a new temporary urban structure—a 180-step staircase, 29 meters tall and 57 meters long—for the heart of city of Rotterdam, the project has been officially opened. Those who ascend the staircase will find a temporary observation deck looking over Rotterdam Centraal, a rooftop bar, and the temporary reopening of the Kriterion cinema that was last active in the 1960s.

Amsterdam's Seventeen Playgrounds: Aldo van Eyck's Neglected Legacy

04:00 - 13 May, 2016
© Seventeen Playgrounds
© Seventeen Playgrounds

The Dutch Structuralist architect Aldo van Eyck left his mark in Amsterdam – not only in the form of buildings but also, perhaps surprisingly, in the form of urban playgrounds. Over the course of his career he created a network of more than 700 playgrounds throughout the capital. Today, only a handful of these remain intact. A special publication, compiled by Denisa Kollarova and Anna van Lingen, revisits the seventeen remaining Van Eyck playgrounds in Amsterdam’s city centre. The following extract from the book seeks to introduce the project, and describe its urgency.

We live in an era in which there are not many carefully constructed playgrounds. We don’t like what we see. Have we—city decision makers, architects, designers, parents, friends —forgotten to be critical?

Rocycle / XML

15:00 - 11 May, 2016
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  • Architects

  • Location

    The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

  • Area

    400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

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