The People’s Architect: Dutch Residents Pay Tribute by Crowdfunding Future Piet Blom Museum

© Flickr user Michela Simoncini

“Architecture is more than creating a place to live,” stated the late Dutch architect, Piet Blom, “you create a society.” Till his death in 1999, Blom designed homes and urban schemes as if to reject the stern, coldness of post-war Modernism in light of a warmer, more human architecture. His drawings, diagrams and homes portray an affectionate commitment to reconcile elements of culture with the architecture around us. Characterized by his use of lively colors and equally expressive architectural geometries, project’s such as the “Kasbah” and the cube houses in Rotterdam stand as testaments to his belief that architecture serves the people, not the other way around.

A true “People’s Architect,” Blom’s work has endeared a growing number supporters, among these are residents who have lived in his houses and are hoping to garner donations to share these artifacts with the public. Ingeborg van der Aa, secretary of the Piet Blom Foundation, mentions that the initiative’s mission is to promote recognition, new insight and appreciation with the hopes of encouraging a younger generation to be active creators of their society.

To learn more or contribute towards the Piet Blom Museum, visit there Indiegogo page here

Follow us after the break for a rare collection of Blom’s drawings. 

Why is Cycling Part of Being Dutch?

Bike parking in . © Getty Images via the BBC

Did you know that there are more bicycles than residents in The Netherlands? And, up to 70% of all commutes are made by bike in cities like Amsterdam and The Hague. To accommodate such a huge number of bike-enthusiasts, bike parking facilities can be found everywhere – outside schools, office buildings and shops. Not to mention the fact that many Dutch cities even have special bike paths that are completely segregated from motorized traffic with signs that read “Bike Street: Cars are guests.” Read this BBC article to learn why the Dutch are so bike crazy and find out Why Cycle Cities Are the Future here on ArchDaily.

Exodus Cube / Personal Architecture BNA

© René de Wit

Architects: Personal Architecture
Location: Overblaak 56, , The Netherlands
Architect In Charge: Maarten Polkamp, Sander van Schaik
Design Team: Leendert van Grinsven, Wiepkjen Kingma, Froukje van de Klundert
Area: 1,200 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: René de Wit

Hyperion Lyceum / Burton Hamfelt Architectuur

Courtesy of Burton Hamfelt Architectuur

Architects: Burton Hamfelt Architectuur
Location: ,
Area: 2,210 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Burton Hamfelt Architectuur

Residence Bemmel / Maxim Winkelaar + Bob Ronday

© Chiel de Nooyer

Architects: Maxim Winkelaar + Bob Ronday
Location: ,
Area: 335 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Chiel de Nooyer

Primary School De Vuurvogel / Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten

© René de Wit

Architects: Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten
Location: Eikstraat 11, Tilburg,
Project Architects: Pascal Grosfeld, Martijn van Bentum
Design Team: Arian van Loon, Jordy Pereira, Dimphy Rops-Klaassen
Area: 2,040 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: René de Wit

Residence Zoetermeer / Maxim Winkelaar Architects

Courtesy of & ©Nelis

Architects: Maxim Winkelaar Architects
Location: Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
Design Team: and Bob Ronday
Area: 523 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Maxim Winkelaar Architects & ©Nelis

MBO College North / Burton Hamfelt Architectuur + OeverZaaijer Architectuur

Courtesy of

Architects: Burton Hamfelt Architectuur+ OeverZaaijer Architectuur 
Location: , The Netherlands
Area: 21,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Burton Hamfelt Architectuur

Manor Doorn / Maxim Winkelaar + Bob Ronday

© Chiel de Nooyer

Architects: Maxim Winkelaar, Bob Ronday
Location: Doorn,
Design Team: , Bob Ronday and Jurgen van Denderen
Area: 360 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Chiel de Nooyer

House L / Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten

© Marcel Briaire

Architects: Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten
Location: Oosterhout,
Architect In Charge: Pascal Grosfeld
Design Team: Jeroen Michielsen and Joana Martinslima
Area: 620 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marcel Briaire, Rene de Wit

Transformation K-flats Bijlmer / Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten

© Luuk Kramer

Architects: Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten
Location: Amsterdam,
Client: Woonstichting de Key
Area: 50,000 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Luuk Kramer

Elandshof 6 houses cpo / Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten

© Milad Pallesh

Architects: Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten
Location: ,
Area: 1,120 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Milad Pallesh

30 Senior Housing / Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten

Courtesy of Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten

Architects: Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten
Location: ,
Client: Wooncompagnie Hoorn
Area: 3,500 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten

Eindhoven Airport Extension & Hotel / KCAP Architects&Planners + De Bever Architecten

© Norbert van Onna

Architects: KCAP Architects&Planners + De Bever Architecten
Location: , The Netherlands
Year: 2013
Photographs: Norbert van Onna

The Hermit Houses – Abé / The Cloud Collective

Courtesy of

Architects: The Cloud Collective
Location: , The Netherlands
Design Team: Daniël Venneman, Mark van der Net
Area: 14.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of The Cloud Collective

NS Stations / NL Architects

© Marcel van der Burg

Architects: NL Architects
Location: The Netherlands
Area: 700 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg

AD Architecture School Guide: The Berlage

Bridge Urban Life Typology Proposal for China, by Chen and Lu, via

Institute closed in 2012. But the Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design is open for business. And it is accepting students. Located at the University of Technology, though they are independent entities, the new, re-visioned Berlage is not simply a continuation of the original Berlage. Instead, it has been reinvisioned to train students who already have either an M.Arch or a five-year degree.

The Berlage challenges students to understand the issues and principles surrounding the economy, the environment, and society as the route towards good architecture. History and cultural issues are therefore central to this Master’s of Science degree, as they should be. Because in today’s economy, the formula for success demands more than just an agility with computer programs. Students need to be able to exercise critical thinking skills. Unfortunately, many school studios fetishize style over substance but when their students graduate, they are ill-trained.

Marecollege / 24H Architecture

© Boris Zeisser

Architects: 24H Architecture
Location: ,
Design: Boris Zeisser, Maartje Lammers
Collaborators: Harm Janssen, Jasper Deurloo, Lucia Gimenez Puerta, Koen Karst, Emma Westerduin, Marine Lacroix
Area: 3,800 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Boris Zeisser