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, 2005, Las Palmas, Rotterdam
spatial design DaF-architects
2nd International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam
exhibition design elements: logo, info carpet; text panels, title tags and publication
content The Water Cities exhibition used over a hundred models of towns and cities built on water in the Netherlands and elsewhere to illustrate the history of water cities. For centuries, 'water cities' have been. Their history is an inspiration for those working to reconcile cities and water, now a pressing issue once more. The chronologically arranged scale models show how building with water yields an impressive wealth of different types of city. design For the exhibition an 'info-carpet' is designed, in which all the water cities on exhibition are grouped in clusters. The development of water cities through time is indicated by organising the cities chronologically in the length of the carpet. The cluster texts are placed on the benches, allowing for one to sit and take in the information in a relaxed manner. The models have an information strip along the side and 44 of them also have a 'sample-card' with extra information. The floor plan of the exhibition is printed on the carpet at the entrance, offering the visitor an overview of the exhibition. Light blue is used for international water cities, dark blue for national water cities and green symbolizes land.
2nd International Architecture Biennale, Rotterdam
Dutch / English edition
297 x 110 mm
content The Water Cities exhibition used over a hundred models of towns and cities built on water. This book describes 32 of the ones that best exemplify this, together with 12 plans for new water cities in the Netherlands. These offer architectural and urban planning solutions to the problems that water will inevitably cause in the future. design The 'sample-cards' with extra information, made for the 44 models, are bundled for a publication. Archive cards inspire the build-up, design and typography for the 'sample-cards'. The title pages are composed of textual water patterns which form a good graphic supplement for the 'sample-cards'. A selection of pages is shown.
Water Cities flags
Mare Nostrum exhibition
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, flags are designed.