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Urban Lab Palestine

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Urban Lab Palestine

Build Back Better in Khuza'a

Extensive destruction of housing and infrastructure, displacement and insufficient shelter, scarcity of land and territorial fragmentation resulting from the Israeli occupation in Palestine are among the main challenges facing the Palestinian human settlements today. The massive scale of physical damage suffered after the 2014 conflict in Gaza has displaced over 500.000 people. Many are housed in refugee conflict camps or temporary shelters, while others live in the ruins of their cities and villages. At the same time, settlements have seen an influx of displaced people, leading to uncontrolled development and expansion in the cities and around the fringes of towns, encroaching on agricultural land. Beyond damaging the housing stock, the crisis has left Gaza with significant damage in road infrastructure, water, electricity and waste.

The damage has been devastating for the livelihood of Palestinians, as the already fragile economy dependent on Israeli policies and restrictions has been further impaired by the physical destruction of many economic centres and a great deal of agricultural land. In the Palestinian town of Khuza'a the post-conflict situation of 2014 is persisting to this date, as the international community has been hesitant to step in and rebuild the town under the Hamas-led de facto government of the Gaza Strip.

Recently, UN-Habitat has taken the initiative to show that a participatory design approach can work in post-conflict situations and has assembled a local team of planners (NTSC) to support the Khuza'a municipality in drafting a master plan, under the motto 'Build Back Better'. Working in a challenging context, with limited logistics and resources, the team of international experts are helping the local partners develop a new and innovative approach to urban reconstruction that could be tested in Khuza'a and replicated in other areas in Gaza.

Eric-Jan Pleijster – LOLA landscape architects,
Naomi Hoogervorst – Freem open architecture,
Martin Sobota – CITYFÖRSTER Rotterdam,
Peter Vanden Abeele – Maat Ontwerpers,

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Take Care 1012: Making Sense of the Red Light District

Natalie Dixon, Bob van Toor en Roelof Petrus van Wyk, 2019

In 'Take Care 1012: Making Sense of the Red Light District' researcher Natalie Dixon (affect lab) explores the sensory landscape of the Red Light District of Amsterdam with the architect Roelof Petrus van Wyk and urban historian Bob van Toor. The goal of the research is to develop a sensory urbanism toolkit for the city- and place-making communities. The results of the research will be documented in a formative sensory atlas of the Red Light District, available as an open-access publication. 'Take Care 1012: Making Sense of the Red Light District' is produced in collaboration the Prostitution Information Centre (Amsterdam), Het Nieuwe Instituut, The Mobile City, Failed Architecture, STIPO and 3 Layers.

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Architecture Biennale: Cosmogonia Mundi

Cosmogonia Mundi reflects on the possible futures of the City of Venice and the Port of Marghera in the form of live dance, using Northscapes Collective's installation The Port and the Fall of Icarus on the shore of the laguna as a backdrop, and a film documentary in the main exhibition of the Venice Pavilion/Marghera. In this project, which is part of a larger research programme, MAKE MOVE THINK explores the dialogue between individualism and collectivism in contemporary urban culture. Performing Arts and Architecture meld to create a moment where Dance is not merely performance and Architecture is not permanence.
Below a short documentary created as part of the project 'Cosmogonia Mundi' at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

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Architecture Biennale: Architecture in the Netherlands - Yearbook

nai010 uitgevers (Lara Schrijver, Kirsten Hannema, Robert-Jan de Kort, Reinier de Graaf), 2018
Every year nai010 publishers produces a new edition of the Architecture in the Netherlands Yearbook with an overview of 30 realized constructions, which additionally describes the most important developments and trends that influence the production and design of Dutch architecture. This year the presentation of the yearbook takes place simultaneously with the Flemish yearbook by the Flanders Architecture Institute, on the border between the Belgian and Dutch pavilions as a symbol of the dialogue between the two neighbouring countries. The discussion partners explore the various interpretations of the professional field in Belgium and the Netherlands, with particular attention paid to new forms of housing, circular design, the rediscovery of rural areas and the role of private commissioning of housing.

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Architecture Biennale: Free Market

Jeffrey Bolhuis (AP+E) met Jo Anne Butler (Superfolk), Miriam Delaney (DIT), Tara Kennedy (Culturstruction), Orla Murphy (Custom) & Laurence Lord (AP+E), 2018
With the Free Market project, co-curator of the Irish pavilion Jeffrey Bolhuis explores the role of marketplaces in Irish villages. These marketplaces were once the social and economic centres of the villages and their wider surroundings, but have now largely lost their original function. Free Market focuses on the potential of these places, with the aim of encouraging social cohesion and sustainable economy in the villages and region. As a result, this research also has significant relevance for regional development in the Netherlands and Europe. The Free Market exhibition marks the starting point for a travelling exhibition and a longer-running project that is part of the international debate about the future of rural villages.

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Architecture Biennale: The Port and the Fall of Icarus

The Northscapes Collective (Hamed Khosravi, Taneha K. Bacchin en Filippo laFleur), 2017
The Northscapes' proposal would take the discovered manuscript titled “The Port and the Fall of Icarus” as the point of departure to search for possible scenarios for the future of the Rotterdam Harbour. An installation would set the ground for series of events and discussions around the topic of a smart and intelligent port and its relation to the vision of the Rotterdam Harbour, the city and its inhabitants. Such events will be organized throughout the period of the biennale in collaboration with the academic institutions.

Below is a podcast by René Boer and Arif Kornweitz with The Northscapes Collective about the installation 'The Port and the Fall of Icarus' recorded in May 2018 during the Architecture Biennale Venice preview days of the exhibition WORK, BODY, LEISURE in the Dutch pavilion.

Image above: 'The Fall of Icarus', 17th century, Musée Antoine Vivenel


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