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Mare Nostrum

, 2005, Las Palmas, Rotterdam
urbanism
together with:
Roger Teeuwen
spatial design DaF-architects
occasion:
2nd International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam
item:
exhibition design elements: logo; carpet; country panels; Datascape and leporello
content Mare Nostrum is a research project on the colonisation of coastlines by international tourism. Mare Nostrum is concerned with one of the most conspicuous trends in globalisation, namely the rise of mass tourism. Specifically it focuses on the coastlines of countries, in temperate and sub-tropical climates. Seventeen guest curators from seventeen different countries and regions of the world were invited to analyse the development of their coastlines and present alternative approaches. Their findings are shown in the Mare Nostrum exhibition. design For the seventeen participants, maps are designed which rather than depict the territory of a country, show the territorial water thereof. This offers another perspective on the country and it’s coastline. The core of the exhibition is a 38-meter long, backlit data wall, Mare Nostrum Datascape. In this Datascape background information regarding the development of tourism is visualised. All the beaches in the world are listed in the carpet on the floor.

Europa im Fluss

, 2001,
identity
together with:
Barbara Dijkhuis
occasion:
part of Rotterdam 2001
item:
logo, brochure and poster(scetch)
content A 160m long float, consisting of 2001 tree trunks, travels for 50 days from Straßburg down the Rijn river. During the trip, the float functions as a podium for music performances. After spending a few days in Rotterdam, it is reconfigured into the form of the European star in the city Rozenburg. design For the design a database is made consisting of images of the docking point in Rotterdam, the performances and the journey. Due to financial constraints only the flyer was executed.

Group portraits of young architects 2002

, 2002,
identity
together with:

occasion:

item:
logo series, two posters, invitations, flyer, press booklet, panels for the final exhibition, floor map, website and catalogue
content In this era of 'experience economy' and the leisure industry, cities face increasing pressure to distinguish themselves. City branding, the planned image or brand of a city, now forms a challenge for architects and urban planners. How do you position a city in a culture dominated by globalization? Group Portraits of Young Architects 2002 brought together four groups of architects, which each developed a project for two cities in the Netherlands based on city branding. This is a project of the Netherlands Architecture fund and the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture. design For each group a logo is designed, inspired by neon light advertisements. The traditional 'landmarks' used on the covers of 'Falk maps' are converted to line drawings and used as te logos for the different cities. These two basic elements are used in different publicity campaigns to promote either individual group projects or the project as a whole.

City Branding

Image Building & Building Images, 2002,
urbanism
together with:

occasion:
Group Portraits of Young Architects 2002
item:
paperback
Dutch / English edition
240 x 170 mm
176 pages
content This publication is the result of Group Portraits of Young Architects 2002. Four occasional groups of architects developed a project for two cities in the Netherlands based on 'city branding'. This publication takes a critical, in-depth look at city branding, but moreover, shows a group portrait of the youngest generation of architects in the Netherlands. design The book is divided into two parts, a section with essays illustrated with photos and a section with the four group projects. The cities which formed the focus for the groups are comparable both through data pages as well as the projects themselves. The cover consists of skylines of global cities. The title pages of the different sections overlap and thereby function as a journey through a fictional city. A selection of pages is shown.

Monuments on the Dutch Antilles

, 2004,
urbanism
together with:

occasion:

item:
paperback
Dutch edition
287 x 210 mm
94 pages
[Monumenten op de Nederlandse Antillen] content Holland has a good name in respect to policy regarding monuments. The NRF wishes to bring the decay of monuments in post colonial (Dutch) countries under the attention of politicians. They have financed the investigation of the problems regarding monument care in the Dutch Antilles. The results of this investigation are recorded in this book. design The cultural heritage on the Antilles is described in an intriguing way. The relationship text/image is 50/50, making this book take on the feel of a travel guide as opposed to a report. A map with relevant data is made for each island so that the reader has an overview of the locations and that the islands can be compared. A selection of pages is shown.

Mare Nostrum, Datascape

, 2005,
urbanism
together with:
Roger Teeuwen
occasion:
2nd International Architecture Biennale, Rotterdam
item:
leporello
English edition
230 x 170 / 230 x 1700 mm
20 pages

content This Datascape was created for the Mare Nostrum exhibition. Tourism has become the world’s biggest and fastest growing industry, it is the world’s number one employer and export earner. However, tourism also contains the seeds of its own destruction, since it is capable of destroying the very environmental and cultural assets that made a region attractive in the first place. Datascape provides background information on the development of tourism, and on how this affects the world we live in. design The 38-meter long backlit data wall, the core of the exhibition, is scaled down to a leporello booklet. The design is built up in two layers. The first layer is a series of enlarge skyline photographs of beaches form around the world. As the observer approaches the wall, this layer becomes vaguer, ultimately transforming into large pixels at which stage, the second layer, the data layer, becomes legible. For a large part of the collected data, new notation forms are developed. All pages are shown.

Bergweg

New notational systems for urban situations, 2000, Rotterdam
mapping
together with:
published by:
010 Publishers, Rotterdam
occasion:
graduation project Post. St-Joost, Breda
item:
mapping public space

paperback
English edition
166 x 121 mm
214 pages
content In this project, relevant quantative information is combined with qualitative aspects of a street, in search of new forms of notation and visualisation of information. By utilising measurements, numbers, sketches, pictograms, diagrams, figurative analyses and reference images, the physical, invisible and abstract reality of the Bergweg is described. All the analysis and notations are bundled in the book, and can be seen as the equivalent of a literary essay regarding the contemporary street c.q. city. [i]\"In urban planning and architecture, the city is traditionally communicated in direct visual terms designed to express quantity. However, if we proceed from the city\'s users, it is more the qualitative data such as the impact on the senses that define the city\'s image. It is this other vision that takes centre stage in this book: here the image culture and functioning of the city are unravelled and visualized in a case study of a single street in North Rotterdam: Bergweg - literally, \'the way to the village of Hillegersberg\'. The book combines relevant quantitative aspects with qualitative ones and uses new forms of notation and visualizations of data, including an infographic dimension to supplement and enrich the conventional urban vocabulary. Basic data regarding the street are made not only visible but conceivable too. Tabulations, measurements, sketches, pictograms, diagrams, figurative analyses and impressionistic sketches chart the physical, invisible and also abstract reality of Bergweg. In so doing the book succeeds in forging a link between subjective and objective topographies, providing a topical slant to redefining the notion of city. Because of this new way of looking at things, this publication will serve graphic designers and certainly architects and urban planners as a shining example of how public space can be charted.\"[/i]

Fear at the Discotheque

GP04, 2004,
public space
together with:
Mr. Smith: Mark van Beest, Duzan Doepel, Claudia Linders, Minke Themans and Ronald Wall
occasion:
GP04, Fear and Space
item:
publication and Vj presentation
content Mr. Smith, hyper-aware of of his living environment, shapes his personality within an information, recording, control, capsular and anxiety environment – an environment which has repercussions on the way in which society is organized on an urbanand architectural level. A condition in which disinformation, mental and physical capsules, controle and data fight over life and dead, truth, myth and perception. Mr. Smith investigates the controle society as a challenge, as an opportunity to observe and analyse the reciprocal link between fear and space, creating the character of Mr. Smith for the purpose. Mr. Smith aims to interpret and anticipate (un-)conscious and the (un-)intentional motivations and the mechanism behind this society of control – in which global and local initiatives struggle for hegemony. This is how Mr. Smith tests the parameters of those who manage the control society. Figuratively and literally, Mr. Smith takes up a position in the contemporary public domain. Hyper-aware of this environment and of his own motivations, he manages paradoxically enough, to expose the subconscious layer of our relationship between fear and sapec. This awareness is expressed in two design-research approaches: a techno-economic one and socio-political one. Both approaches are not necessarily applied to arrive at solutions, but to outline and clarify dilemmas. Excrept 8. In excerpt 8 the exact trajectory of Smith’s local fearspace is shown. It depicts the 1st Middelland Street, where the patient’s psychosis originated and although the images are self-explanatory, it is important to note how Smith evaluates reality. In each case, we see how the previously defined ‘techno-filter’ has been applied by Smith in making these diagrams.

e2

, 2005,
identity
together with:

occasion:
episode catalogue 2005
item:
logo, stickers, businesscards, new release cards and catalogue/newspaper
content Episode publishers are Holland's latest publishers of books on art, culture, architecture and science. Episode books seek to enact, reflect and explore the dialogue between these areas. design Twice a year Episode brings out a catalogue with books that have been published to date. Each year is designated a colour whereby the backlist takes on the form of a colour coded timeline. This structure will also be used in other publicity campaigns by Episode. For each year a designer will be asked to make the cover with a book theme. The cover of this issue is a photograph of books published by Episode in the form of an ‘e’.

Rotterdam data

, 2003,
public space
together with:

occasion:
published in the publication 'In Transit'
item:
vissual essay about mobility
content Mobility represented in histograms, diagrams, and statistics. This data makes the elusive phenomenon of the city – in this case Rotterdam – more easy to manage. And in this design easier to read and compare. Essay published in 'In Transit'

Workboek Europa

, 2006,
urbanism
together with:

occasion:
ontwerpatelier 2006, Ministerie van VROM
item:
hardcover
Dutch edition
297 x 420 mm
160 pages




content What are the characteristics of the European spatial structure? In this work book, Europe is illustrated on different scales looked at from different perspectives. The content Is organised into three chapters based on the well known People, Planet, Profit structure. A fourth P, Politics, is added to the mix. Each theme begins with the positioning of Europe in the world followed by a description of the theme using (historical) data, diagrams and maps. Each chapter ends with a series of general questions. The intention of these is to identify cross relations between the themes In order to stimulate discussion In the workshops. design The design of the work book is inspired by a tabloid newspaper. The pages are divided into three columns. A series of photos intended to serve as inspiration for discussion are positioned along the top, the lower section is reserved for texts and the middle for diverse forms of data. A large number of maps, diagrams and graphics are included. Each theme has it\'s own colour in order to make navigation through the book simple.

Neither town nor countryside exhibition

The spatially disordered Netherlands, 2006, Nai, Rotterdam
urbanism
together with:
Brenda Vonk Noordegraaf
occasion:
exhibition
item:
all graphical exhibition elements
[Stad Noch Land, de ruimtelijke ontordening van Nederland] content Cities grow towards one another with a steadily decreasing rural buffer between them. An uncontrolled building activity beside motorways and main roads has turned the famous Dutch panoramic views into ‘in-between territories’ lacking the identity and external appearance of both the city and the traditional countryside. design Cartographers use grids to indicate scale and geographical position on a map. For the design of the exhibition, such a grid forms the basis for the for the layout . The content of the exhibition in the form of text and image, transforms the grid, distorting it until it ultimately adopts a new form. Arial photos of the three case study areas are printed on carpet which is also integrated in the grid structure. The three study areas are mapped on three scales, the provincial scale, the municipal scale and on the scale of a case study area. For each scale diverse forms of data, plans, diagrams and maps are designed.

Coolhaven

Platform of fame, 2007, Coolhaven Metro Station
architecture
together with:
Maarten Struijs, photography Rob \'t Hart.
occasion:

item:
series of panels
Cool Poem by Jules Deelder Haven of heaven Scheelt maar één letter Vandaar dat Coolhaven Voortaan Cool- heaven heet en de hemel voor het eerst in de historie voor iedereen direct per metro bereikbaar is content THE RET has been busy renovating the existing underground metro stations for a number of years. The metro station Coolhaven has been transformed into a permanent exhibition space. Several, especially Rotterdam buildings and projects of students and ex-studenten of the Academy of Architecture are exhibited. The platform is arranged as a `platform of Honor\'; a tribute to the (ex)students, but certainly also a tribute to the architecture of Rotterdam and surrounding. design The design is simple, large photographs with short descriptive texts. The composition of the photographs seems to reflect the skyline of Rotterdam. A panel with a pattern with narrowing arrows is placed in-between the photographs, as a connecting element, that also accentuates the movement of the arriving and leaving metro.

Cultural map

Kralingen-Crooswijk, 2007,
mapping
together with:

occasion:

item:
A3 map
content The cultural map gives an overview of organisations and people who are involved in art and culture in the municipality of Kralingen and Crooswijk. The cultural map, an inventory of cultural institutions and persons, has been subdivided to accommodation, well-being, visual art, theatre/dancing, literature, song and music, cultural institution/organisation, media/photography, museum/art gallery and diverse. Furthermore the map contains information on reoccurring events and artworks in the public space.

Damrax

The Amsterdam Index, 2008,
identity
together with:
Brenda Vonk Noordegraaf
occasion:

item:
newspaper
Damrax is an online neighbourhood game for Amsterdam. content The Amsterdam Index (DAMRAX) evolved form the question as to how inhabitants can become more involved in urban developments. There are increasingly more possibilities whereby people can influence, choose or even design things themselves. Everything is custom made these days! But this seems mostly focused on products such as cars, shoes or insurance. On an urban level it is more difficult. You can’t let everyone design their own city. DAMRAX is a shares game that changes this. Everyone that joins gets a virtual budget to play with. Through playing, by trading in shares in specific neighbourhoods, players implicitly give their opinions regarding these areas. Once the playing group reaches a certain critical mass, the information gets a certain value. The Amsterdam Index gives a ‘feeling temperature’ for the city. To strengthen this the news reports play an important role in the game. DAMRAX is therefore a double information market. On the one hand DAMRAX gives insight into the opinions of inhabitants of the city regarding urban development, on the other it is a growing databank for urban messaging. design The newspaper is fragmented qua layout, filled with news form the neighbourhoods. This varies per neighbourhood. It appears that the news is incomplete because a lot of space is left ‘free’ in the newspaper. These empty spaces will be filled in the future as the DAMRAX develops and more people play the game.

DAT

De Architectenwerkgroep Tilburg, 2010,
architecture
together with:
website: Maurits de Bruijn
occasion:

item:
logo, letterhead, business cards, with complements card, cd label and several booklets and publications


Stadslab Magazine

CBK Schiedam, 2011,
art
together with:

occasion:
opening Wennekerpand
item:
magazine
Dutch edition
335 x 240 mm
32 pages

inhoud Van 3 tot en met 11 september 2011 organiseert het CBK het festival Stadslab Schiedam, een festival dat de stad Schiedam op eigen wijze onder de loep neemt. Het Stadslab Magazine bevat uitgebreide programma en achtergronden over de deelnemend kunstenaars, activiteiten. English project text will follow soon.

Den Haag, een zee van groen

, 2011, Den Haag
urbanism
together with:
thanks to Stroom Den Haag, David Hamers and Marc Gijzen
occasion:

item:
publication, greenlist

soft cover
Dutch edition
277 x 247 mm
136 pages
Fotograaf Ralph Kamena en grafisch ontwerper Minke Themans kregen van Stroom Den Haag de opdracht om de betekenis te onderzoeken van het beeld van Den Haag als groene stad aan zee. Zij namen het beleidsplan ‘Groen kleurt de stad’ (2005 – 2015) van de gemeente Den Haag als vertrekpunt. Het beleidsplan stelt dat het Haagse groen zeer divers is in stadsparken, duinen, bossen, landgoederen, recreatiegebieden, straatbomen, sportvelden enz. Er is veel aandacht voor beheer, gebruik, onderhoud en verdeling van groen over de stad. Groen is daarin recreatief, educatief, natuurlijk, ruimtelijk of cultuurhistorisch. Deze termen zeggen echter weinig over de betekenis die groen krijgt door het diverse gebruik, de plaats, waardering of beleving ervan. Kamena en Themans vroegen zich af of een meer tactiele indeling van groen tot een rijker beeld zou leiden en wellicht tot een andere omgang met groen. Dit boek is een uitnodiging om zelf te ontdekken en te voelen hoe groen de stad werkelijk kleurt. English text will follow soon.

Macuil Tochtli

, 2011,
identity
together with:
Tihamér Salij, Space Intelligence Agency

Hacienda complex architecture by Doepel Strijkers Archtects
occasion:

item:
English edition
200 x 150 mm
64 pages
The Macuil Tochtli project claims to establish new standards for the Tequila production that generate socio-economic values yet unknown for the Tequila industry. It builds upon the foundation of Economic Value creation by attempting to quantify and incorporate certain elements of social value by making use of resources, inputs, and processes; increasing the value of these inputs, and by then generating cost savings for the public system. The Macuil Tochtli establishes and strengthens the relationships between different fields as education, farming, science and innovation, arts and various industries. The Macuil Tochtli project will lead to a renaissance of the Mexican Agave-Culture, which changes, enriches and even produces new local and national identities, explores new markets, increases employment options, and eventually, upgrades the status of the Mexican farmer.

EVR 2011

, 2011,
urbanism
together with:
Klaar voor gebruik
occasion:

item:
paperback
Dutch edition
230 x 170 mm
200 pages
De Economische Verkenning van 2011 is opgesteld in een jaar van voorzichtig herstel van de economie. De recessie heeft de aandacht voor economische vraagstukken aangewakkerd. Voor iedereen en overal in de Rotterdamse samenleving is de impact van de recessie voelbaar. Economie heeft op alles invloed en omgekeerd zijn allerlei factoren in Rotterdam van invloed op de ontwikkeling van de lokale economie. Vandaar dat dit jaar het thema ‘Alles is economie’. Naast het thema besteedt de Verkenning, zoals gewoonlijk, aandacht aan de thema’s economie, arbeidsmarkt, kennis en innovatie, ruimte voor ondernemen, consumentenstad, haveneconomie en energie & milieu. English text will follow soon.

Visie 2020

Albeda College, branche Horeca & Toerisme, 2013,
identity
together with:
i.c.w. Kaire Guthan
photography Aleksander Willemse
occasion:

item:
soft cover
158 x 210 mm
114 pages
Met dit visieboekje kiest de branche Horeca en Toerisme van het Albeda college voor een directe manier van communiceren, vanuit het idee dat een visie die op een zorgvuldige manier tot stand komt en die met alle betrokkenen wordt gedeeld, een nuttige functie heeft. English project text will follow soon.