Architectural design - Dwelling

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Studio Dutch Housing

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During the Spring semester of 2017-2018, the Dutch Housing MSc 1 Studio offers two design studios, both focusing on current topics of social and environmental importance.

Open Source Closed Circle in Parkstad 

  • De-CONSTRUCT - a worn-down 1970’s residential high-rise slab in Kerkrade-Blijerheide (Parkstad Limburg). 
  • Re-CONSTRUCT - re-collect all valuable building parts from the deconstruction as a starting point for re-cycle and re-use
  • Re-INVENT - create new ground-bound dwelling typologies while making use of the re-collected building parts.

Our studio is a cooperation of the Chair of Architecture & Dwelling and SCHUNCK*, Euregional Centre for Architecture in Heerlen, Parkstad Limburg for their project KLUSFLAT PARKSTAD 2.0 within the framework of SuperLocal ( The assignment includes ‘two-day-hands-on-sessions-of-construction’ with the appointed DIY-architect on site. Take into account an additional € 250 for accommodation and travel expenses for research in week 1 and the week of construction.

IJburg Lab
This studio zooms in on the yet-to-be created Strandeiland in IJburg Amsterdam. The municipality is looking for innovative ways to fill in this new addition to Amsterdam’s urban plan, referencing the lively communal atmospheres in areas like Brooklyn, New York, and the gardens and regenerated mews in London. As such, a generic urban texture is projected on the island, dividing the buildable surface in stamps of 20 to 30 meters. The challenge is to fill in these stamps in such a way that they incorporate high quality small dwellings for a specific target group and simultaneously promote the atmosphere that the municipality is prescribing. Students are asked to propose, through a combination of research and design, different ways of dealing with this block and its relation to the street. 

Architecural Perspectives
MSc 1/2 students also participate in the AR1AD030/040 Architectural Perspectives course. Architectural Perspectives combines the courses Architectural Studies and Architectural Reflections into one comprehensive course on architectural thinking and presentation. However, Studies and Reflections are still recognizable entities within Perspectives and you will receive two grades, one for Studies and one for Reflections. At heart, the course Architectural Perspectives is a course on architectural thinking. It aims to provide knowledge and skills with which students can develop and express critical ideas about an architectural object (in this case a dwelling complex).

Perspectives looks at writing and analytical drawing in a fundamental way. Both activities require a certain position, a set of fundamental decisions about the relationship between author, reader/viewer, truth, knowledge and motive. With the help of a number of tutorials and writing & drawing exercises, these fundamentals will be explored, as well as their impact on the resulting drawing or text.

You learn by doing, therefore the course incorporates tutorials and workshop exercises. You also learn by giving and receiving feedback. Commenting on your peer’s writing and drawing exercises is an integral part of the course. The exercises and tutorials prepare the students for two comprehensive articles, one a project documentation (1000 words) and one an interpretation (750 words). Both articles feature text as well as images. The interpretation is done individually, as are most of the exercises, but the documentation is made as a group (3-4 persons). The final product is a group-booklet which contains all the workshop exercises (group or individual), the plan documentation (group) and the interpretations (individual). We work in groups of three per one project. Classes are divided in tutorials, workshops and feedback sessions.

Pierijn van der Putt (