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yes, it does. and it’s also inflatable.

looking at this image it doesn’t really seem appropriate for emergency housing, since it is quite high tech, but you never know if there is an NGO with some secret money stash or IT-millionaire-turned-philantrophist.

The architects, Lateral Architecture, have an interesting website, that also feature other projects with amazing names like spray pattern, soil horizon and between landscapes.

through bldgblog

enjoi. marten


interesting documentary on one of those other arab emirates states – Ras al-Khaimah – that took a good look at her sisters, put a cross on the map and decided that’s where a new city would be built. By OMA, with some help of Snohetta.

the Sand Castle

through archinect, with the follow-up discussion right here.

enjoi. marten

dutch people reading the NRC newspaper, and especially this weekend, probably didn’t miss it: a special part on the ‘week van de geschiedenis‘/week of history, from october 12 to october 21, anywhere near you. firstly, two things:

1: hey, that’s not a week, that’s 10 days!

and 2: what’s up with all these weeks, days and years with a special theme? week of taste, year of architecture, day of peace, week of the birdhouse!?! it’s just waiting for something like the week of the discontinued underwear line at H&M that i liked so much because you could wear them inside out and nobody would notice or the day of verbal violence. there is no humility anymore…

anyway, back to the week of history. this years theme is living, which is, how coincidental, kind of something we are interested in. lots of uninteresting sidetracks, but there are a few interesting ones. the one i didn’t want to keep a secret (because you don’t have to be proficient in your dutch) is the ‘smaaktest‘ by faro architecten. it has been set up as an online enquiry in what kind of housing we prefer. do we dig highrise or don’t we dig highrise? it’s all possible in this test. a 100 projects are shown in 15-second sets, and all you have to do is rate them from 1 to 10. and have the patience to rate all 100, of course.

when you are finished, your top 5 will be shown, together with those of ‘people that know jack about architecture’, ‘architects’ and ‘building professionals’ (i guess architects are not considered building professionals anymore –> maybe something for Edwin to investigate ;-)). interesting is that both ‘architects’ and ‘building professionals’ rate het schip by michiel de klerk highest, that ‘architects’ rate some jiggy postmodern house lowest while the ‘people that know jack about architecture’ think a high rise is least favourable as a place to live (i disagreed on that one, but hey, i’m an architect and i only look at aesthetics, not at the social consequences of my grotesque dreams of a living machine – that also happen to be a form of biological wastewater treatment designed to mimic the cleansing functions of wetlands).

the people that put the test together tried to get a decent-cross section of the houses that have been built over the years, so everything from superdutch like the whale to the most anonymous housing blocks can be voted on, making it interesting not only for the dutch, but also for foreigners, since you finally get to see something other then the regular OMA stuff (what!?! there’s other dutch architects than Rem?!). one thing of criticism though: there are no descriptions of the houses, so even that very special house will forever be just an image and nothing more.

keep dreaming. marten

Lecture about Open Source Architecture;

“I wish to develop a community that actively embraces innovative and sustainable design to improve living conditions for all.”

For the weekend…. 😉

Dear Architects [pdf]

A New Age of Architecture Ushered in Financial Gloom, NY Times, jan 2006

The Genius of Architecture: Sinan The Istanbulian

PIN-UP Magazine

enjoy, edwin

according to google books:

“Non-Plan explores ways of involving people in the design of their environments – a goal which transgresses political categories of ‘right’ and ‘left’. Attempts to circumvent planning bureaucracy and architectural inertia have ranged from free-market enterprise zones, to self-build housing, and from squatting to sophisticated technologies of prefabrication. Yet all have shared in a desire to let people shape the built environment they want to live and work in. How can buildings better reflect the needs of their inhabitants? How can cities better facilitate the work and recreation of their many populaces?”

so partially on google books, if you feel like spending 50 bucks, amazon‘s your dog.

enjoi. marten

after french justice, the world is now also gay for social justice.

according to wikipedia, social justice “refers to the concept of a just society, where “justice” refers to more than just the administration of laws. It is based on the idea of a society which gives individuals and groups fair treatment and a just share of the benefits of society. Different proponents of social justice have developed different interpretations of what constitutes fair treatment and a just share. It can also mean distribution of advantages and disadvantages within a society or community.”

especially architects are starting to realize that we are not just here to make nice buildings, we are also here to make a difference. two of these architects making a difference are ava bromberg and nicholas brown, who are organizing an exhibition event in los angeles in septoctnov, just space(s). it aims to give an overview of the unjust spaces of the past and present, and tries to inspire visitors to create the just spaces of the future.

lots to read here:

just space(s)
editorial note: why spatial justice?
spatial justice bibliography
critical spatial practice blog

the godfather of just(ice), MLK

enjoi. marten

dear zahahahaha, you make me laugh.

anyway, 50 architects and designers were asked by icon magazine to give a (short) manifesto (or drawing, zahahahaha) on whatever they felt like.


i finally have internet in rotterdam, so let the blogfest begin 😉

don’t work for free, eisenman says:

new york times, ready, set design; work as a contest

lesson: dont get ripped of working for your cv.

through anarchitecture

The name of the organisation says it all and as they say themselves:

Architects Without Frontières France is trained of professionals and students in architecture, or sympathizers, gathered as various delegations or working groups, and divided on the French territory.

Undersigned entities constitute an independent and non-hierarchical network of not-for-profit and participative organisations concerned with the equitable, social, cultural and environmental commitment of architecture, construction, urbanism and the conservation of historical heritages to ‘human development’.


For further info on their charter:

For their homepage:

Unfortunately in French, although provides a fairly understandable, yet sometimes translated-manual-like text.