Willem Neutelings describes the urban atmosphere of Holland. He explains his involvement in the Technical University of Delft, and his interest in exploiting data as material for design. Neutelings outlines the types of projects his office engages in, including housing, factories, fire stations, and public buildings. He explains that all of these projects have low budgets and use passive systems for heating and cooling, emphasizing his interest in sustainability.
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Micheal Speaks introduces Rients Dijkstra, principal of Maxwan, whose first project was to master plan an extension for the city of Utrecht, for which they have completed 26 bridges for the project. They are also competing in a master plans for Hamburg and Brussels.
Herman Hertzberger explains his approach of deploying ordinary rather than extraordinary elements as a device for giving the user responsibility to finish the design. He speaks of the importance of accommodating the user instead of impressing them with a specific purpose determined by the architect. To this end, he gives examples of his open-ended projects including a Montessori school and a development of two experimental houses, both in Delft. Hertzberger goes on to present a home for the elderly in Amsterdam as an example of organizing building elements with specific knowledge of the psychological associations that the users will project on the results. He also shows how the placement and articulation of columns in his Utrecht Concert Hall project refer to Le Corbusier’s Dom-ino House concept and Chomsky’s writings on structuralism. The video ends abruptly before the end of the lecture.
Herman Hertzberger presents his experimental housing project in Delft that he thinks of as carcasses in which no space is defined for a specific use. Instead, he provides a variety of spatial conditions whose function becomes defined by the users. In this way the architect simply designs the structure and makes the user responsible for how it is resolved. For example, the structure is made of concrete that he expects the users will hate, giving them the incentive to cover it with plants. Hertzberger’s houses have a large sidewalk instead of separated yards, which the users promptly articulated with various types of gardens, illustrating how users ability to resolve things far surpasses the ability of the architect.