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ZigZagCity 2016

11:00 - 13 June, 2016

Experience MVRDV's "The Stairs" in Rotterdam with #donotsettle

16:00 - 24 May, 2016

In the newest video by architects Wahyu Pratomo and Kris Provoost of YouTube’s #donotsettle, the duo visit MVRDV’s "The Stairs" installed outside Centraal Station in Rotterdam. The project commemorates the 75th anniversary of the city’s reconstruction after World War II by devising the staircase now attached to the Groot Handelsgebouw, a landmark and one of Rotterdam’s first post-war buildings. In the video, Pratomo and Provoost discuss the idea of temporariness, experience-driven architecture, context, and symbolism inspired by MVRDV’s intervention, all the while asking other visitors for their own reactions to the spectacle.  

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.

House Robert-Jan & Inge / Personal Architecture

05:00 - 11 April, 2016
House Robert-Jan & Inge / Personal Architecture, © Ossip van Duivenbode
© Ossip van Duivenbode

© Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode +19

MVRDV to Install a 180-Step Urban Staircase Outside Rotterdam's Central Station

12:15 - 7 April, 2016
MVRDV to Install a 180-Step Urban Staircase Outside Rotterdam's Central Station, The Staircase on Stationsplein, Rotterdam. Image © Frank van Dam/MVRDV
The Staircase on Stationsplein, Rotterdam. Image © Frank van Dam/MVRDV

Rotterdam—the original "tabula rasa" city—will soon become host to a giant staircase, ascending 180 steps from Stationsplein (outside Rotterdam Central Station’s iconic entrance) to the top of the world-renowned Groot Handelsgebouw building. According to MVRDV, the structure will "follow in the city's tradition of celebrating reconstruction milestones" and, as such, the scaffolding system used to construct the staircase will be "a nod" to the 75th anniversary of the rebuilding of the city following World War II.

Call for Applications: Dutch Design Summer School

11:15 - 30 March, 2016
Call for Applications: Dutch Design Summer School, Open Set Dutch Design Summer School
Open Set Dutch Design Summer School

Open Set is a two-week thematic program consisting of a series of intensive one or three day workshops, symposiums and film screenings, led by Dutch and international designers, artists and researchers. Our goal is to promote and enhance the social value of design by facilitating debates around the chosen theme from a rich diversity of perspectives, design trends, traditions, and cross-disciplinary cultural practices. The event aims to offer international participants a studio environment where they are inspired to step out of their comfort zone and question the conventional ways of working, experiment with different strategies, techniques, ideas and cross-sector collaborations in order to develop their own practices with confidence.

Penthouse Rotterdam / Personal Architecture

13:00 - 28 March, 2016
Penthouse Rotterdam  / Personal Architecture, © Ossip van Duivenbode
© Ossip van Duivenbode
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Architectural Design

    Personal Architecture –Maarten Polkamp, Sander van Schaik
  • Area

    120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

© Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode +18

Wineshop / Studio AAAN

05:00 - 22 March, 2016
Wineshop / Studio AAAN, © Sebastian van Damme
© Sebastian van Damme

© Adriaan van der Ploeg © Adriaan van der Ploeg © Adriaan van der Ploeg © Sebastian van Damme +17

Rotterdam's Nieuwe Instituut Launches International Call for Fellows

04:00 - 29 February, 2016
Rotterdam's Nieuwe Instituut Launches International Call for Fellows

Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Dutch institute for architecture, design, and digital culture in Rotterdam, have announced an open call for three research fellows to work in residence between June and December 2016. Alongside the institute’s exhibitions, lectures, publications, and archives, the Fellowship program will explore and challenge how research is conducted within an institutional context, pursuing alternatives to the expectation of predetermined outcomes, the use of official jargon, and the inertia power of the curriculum vitae. In the long term, the program is also intended to complement, reflect on, interact with, and critique the ongoing activities of the institute.

How One Artist Translocated a Family Home from Detroit to Rotterdam

04:00 - 26 February, 2016
How One Artist Translocated a Family Home from Detroit to Rotterdam, Photograph: Fabia Mendoza. Image via The Guardian
Photograph: Fabia Mendoza. Image via The Guardian

An empty house from Stoepel Street 20194, Detroit, is now in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. In this article for The Guardian, artist Ryan Mendoza describes his impetus and process for translocating a worn, abandoned former family home from one continent to another – as well as the statement he hoped to make. "When I arrived in Detroit in March 2015 I realised that this city – in the country I had left in 1992 out of distaste for its nationalistic, isolationist, police-dog mentality and its privatised prison system, [...] had, aside from the positive developments that were mostly in the downtown area, begun to look like a war zone."

Erasmus University Rotterdam / Paul de Ruiter Architects

22:00 - 25 February, 2016
Erasmus University Rotterdam / Paul de Ruiter Architects, © Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch

© Sebastian van Damme © Jeroen Musch © Tim van de Velde © Jeroen Musch +33

Why Rem Koolhaas Switched From Scriptwriting to Architecture

04:00 - 18 January, 2016

As part of OMA co-founder Rem Koolhaas' sixth interview with Charlie Rose, the Rotterdam-based Architect discusses why the Dutch port-city is his practice's base – and why he switched from journalism and scriptwriting to architecture. In the discussion, of which four snippets have been made available, Koolhaas also explains why he feels that smart technology has a "sinister dimension," and on how he—and his practice—have a tendency to "resist aesthetic."

Take a Look Inside OMA's Timmerhuis with #donotsettle

08:00 - 10 January, 2016

In the latest video from the youtube channel #donotsettle, architects Wahyu Pratomo and Kris Provoost explore OMA’s recently opened Timmerhuis in Rotterdam. The duo compare the conceptual design and renderings to the finished building, look at the impact the new building is having on the cityscape, and with some good fortune find their way through some locked doors.

#Donotsettle was started to reconcile the disparity between film as architectural representation and as an experiential medium. For more #donotsettle, check out their youtube page, where they walk through the Markthal, designed by Rotterdam-based practice MVRDV and the train station in Delft, designed by Delft-based practice Mecanoo, among many other sites.

Timmerhuis / OMA

09:00 - 11 December, 2015
Timmerhuis / OMA, © Sebastian van Damme
© Sebastian van Damme

© Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Sebastian van Damme +35

Willem Dudok: Meet the Father of Dutch Modernism

12:00 - 22 November, 2015
Willem Dudok: Meet the Father of Dutch Modernism, Hilversum Town Hall. Image © Flickr user Pieter van Marion, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
Hilversum Town Hall. Image © Flickr user Pieter van Marion, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

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 

MVRDV's Reflective 'Wunderkammer' in Rotterdam is Given the Green Light

04:00 - 9 November, 2015
MVRDV's Reflective 'Wunderkammer' in Rotterdam is Given the Green Light, © MVRDV
© MVRDV

Rotterdam will soon have a new cabinet of curiosities to add to its collection of architectural icons. For many years the city's Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, originally established in 1849, has required a safer space to house its world-class collection of painting, sculpture and prints – a collection which is said to have a total value of €7billion ($7.5billion). Last week the Municipality of Rotterdam voted in favour of the building’s construction and, with zoning approved, "the world’s first fully accessible art storage facility" is now slated to open its doors in 2018.

© MVRDV © MVRDV © MVRDV © MVRDV +19

Loft Office / jvantspijker

11:00 - 4 November, 2015
Loft Office / jvantspijker, © René de Wit
© René de Wit
  • Architects

  • 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 +13

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

03:00 - 29 October, 2015
Conference: 'Research on Display: The Architecture Exhibition as Model for Knowledge Production', Research on display. Image via Het Nieuwe Instituut
Research on display. Image via Het Nieuwe Instituut

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.