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Ideas for public areas

2 Jun

Intuitive map drawing: 05/21/2010

1 Jun

On the third research day the Wolfert HS participants in team Rotterdam started to draw the intuitive map of Rotterdam. Unfortunately it is not finished yet, but here you can have a peak already of what they think of in their own environment.

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Academic group Rotterdam maquette sizes

30 May

Attached is a PDF of the academic group’s maquette sizes;

Academic Team Rotterdam Maquette sizes

We will also provide a more up to date description of our design intent and site specific concepts for the maquettes in the next coming days

Research on a responsive bridge.

28 May

Rotterdam is a windy and watery city. Since biking is so important in Holland I decided to build a responsive biking/pedestrian bridge, reacting on the water and/or wind around it.

In one way this bridge should embrace the powers of the water and wind and at the same time protect the users from these elements.

Or, simply put, taking what goes wrong here and using it in a good way:


26 May

Here you can find articles that were used for the research topics. Maybe they inspire you while doing your research.

  • Sustainable and Green Architecture


  • Responsive Architecture

Intelligent buildings

Responsive architecture


  • Identity and Integration & Architecture

Cohesion text UK

Urban spaces and integration

  • Demographic Changes

Novi Sad


  • Other

Article Asie-Europe



Skype Meeting 25th of May

25 May

Dear all,

That was a nice and fruitful Skype meeting today (25th).

Let’s now all define our plan and set our scale so I can set up the total floor in a Sketchup animation.
So please load up your ideas for the ground plan where we see 18 model areas roughly.
Load up a set of very raw sketches so I can model them roughly for each plan.
That means a layout (top view) and two side views, front and right view.

When we all agree on the floor plan we can start building the maquettes


Research Zoro Feigl, Artist in Amsterdam: A first look at low-tech responsive sculpture

25 May

A public space should be a place that somehow is influenced by its surroundings, a place that reacts and moves around and with the factors that use the place, The space should react to the energies around them.

Most dynamic spaces are actually designed, to create a dynamic feel, but don’t really react on their surroundings, they have computers interfere and design nature by using natural forms and shapes instead of letting the shapes really be defined by the energies of the wind and water surrounding them. I like to see a direct relation between the energies put in and the reacting counter force.

I propose a not necessarily functional space or landmark that is either shaped by the wind or the flow of the water surrounding it.

Here are some images that respond to natural movement in a somehow mechanical nature. Most of these works are by others and are a start for my research on a landmark or public place shaped by the wind and water that surround Rotterdams harbor.

Tom Claassen: Hippo
Hippo: a sculpture that is uncovered and covered by the changing water levels. Tom Claassen

Strandbeest – Theo Janssen. This wind powered beast builds dunes.

Mirage – Zoro Feigl, Transforming the reflecting surroundings by reactioning on the wind.

Tonkin Liu – Singing Sculpture, The form and sounds change by the wind.

Walter de Maria – Lightning Field, a sculpture that interacts with lightning storms.

George Rickey’s wind sculpture in Rotterdam

Zeger Reyers – Drumset, A sound making sculpture powered by the waves

James Turell- Light Reign, a sun clock room

Although all of these works are very different I see a similarity in the way they are all shaped by the natural forces of the world around them.

Best, Zoro