The Rotterdam: Big and Blank / by Bart Lootsma

The Rotterdam is an enormous building with four main functions, roughly divided in offices, hotel, living, leisure and parking. It is not tailor-made but can theoretically accommodate a multitude of different businesses, which design their own interiors. Windows run from floor to ceiling and only on the west side the apartments have balconies, to profit […]

Think Global, Build Social! Architectures for a Better World / Bart Lootsma

The exhibition ‘Think Global, Build Social! Architecture for a Better World’ directs its attention to the question of contemporary architecture’s social responsibility. Showcasing projects not only from the third world but also from Europe and North America, this exhibition demonstrates the indisputable need for architects to regain a profound social consciousness. In emphasising this building […]

Space Odyssey, a Statement on Didier Faustino / Bart Lootsma

Didier Faustino is one of the most intriguing architects/artists/curators today. His work proves the opportunity one has today as an architect or artist to define one’s own operational field. In his article Bart Lootsma focuses on Faustino’s “multiple identities”,  which  allow  him  to  be active  in  all  these  fields  that  were  traditionally  strictly  separated. This […]

Holland Village in Japan (translated Version) / Paul Meurs

In the 1990’s, at Momura Bay in Japan, a Holiday resort was built which looks exactly like an old Dutch city. Photographic records of this project show that a credible cityscape can be created out of nothing. Or maybe the opposite applies, i.e. that Dutch cities are actually not much more than sloppily made amusement […]

Critical Apparatuses / Bart Lootsma

Something makes people want to walk, ride or climb to mountaintops, how dangerous an undertaking this may be because of conditions of terrain and weather. It is something completely irrational. Some have themselves brought to the tops of mountains with trains, cable cars and even helicopters. It is often thought that this is to appreciate […]

The Aleph / Bart Lootsma

Today, we dwell almost like nomads in a mediated world. The computer screen takes over the role of the Aleph in Jorge Luis Borges’ story: a point in space that contains all other points. When one looks at it, one can see the whole universe. Dwelling in the traditional sense may have become problematic, but […]

Body & Globe / Bart Lootsma

Body & Globe explores how since the nineteen sixties communication media and a radically increased individual mobility have drastically changed our perception of the world – and of architecture and urbanism. Where the individual body became a cyborg, a cybernetic organism, a human being with certain processes aided, controlled or replaced by mechanical, pharmaceutical or […]

Observer and Visionary – Theory and Practice of Stefano Boeri Architects / Bart Lootsma

Over the last decades, Stefano Boeri became one of the most interesting players in architecture and urbanism in Europe. An architect and academic, he became a founder of the international research network Multiplicity, an editor of magazines like DOMUS and Abitare and finally a politician, as City Councillor for Culture of the city of Milan.

(Deutsch) Ewige Gegenwart / Laurids Ortner im Gespräch mit Bart Lootsma

Carmelo Baglivo’s Pirated Drawings / Bart Lootsma

Together with Stefania Manna and Luca Galofaro, Carmelo Baglivo is one of the founding members of the internatinonally renowned Roman practice IaN+. Lately, he started posting collages and montages of contemporary architectural capriccio’s on Facebook, thereby discovering new opportunities to provoke an architectural discourse. A selection of these Disegni Corsari (pirated drawings) is exhibited in […]

Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal in Conversation with Mathieu Wellner

“We feel it is our duty to start from scratch with each new project. That can also mean fundamentally questioning our own profession – and, with that, the way architecture is practiced. In this case, it seemed quite natural and the right thing to do.” This is how Jean-Philipe Vassal from Lacaton & Vassal describes […]

Snøhetta’s Performative Architecture / Bart Lootsma

On the occasion of a special issue of l’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, Bart Lootsma reflects on the specific quality of the Norvegian office Snøhetta. “Snøhetta’s architecture largely relies on performative aspects. It is an architecture of events, that rather asks What it can do?, to paraphrase Jeffrey Kipnis, than what it’s internal coherence should be.