On September 25th 2014 the publication Ontwerpen aan het spoor (edited by Michelle Provoost and Annuska Pronkhorst with Wijnand Galema) was presented. This richly illustrated book was commissioned by Bureau Spoorbouwmeester and published by nai010 publishers, and traces how, after World War II, the design of pretty much everything on and around the Dutch railway was used to provide the traveller with a recognizable, safe and comfortable travel experience. With essays on trains, architecture, communication, art, railway bridges and the privatization of rail by Wouter Vanstiphout, Cassandra Wilkins, Wijnand Galema, Timo de Rijk, Ewan Lentjes and Victor Lansink.

You can order a copy here (Dutch only). >>>

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Long interview with Michelle Provoost and Wouter Vanstiphout on A Clockwork Jerusalem. On twenty years of Crimson Architectural Historians, the International New Town Institute, Design As Politics and Architectural History in general with a great closing tune by the Brythoniaid Male Voice Choir singing ’Blue Monday’.


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Lecture and debate
Thursday 19 June 20:00 – 21:30

"The Venice Architecture Biennale opened on Saturday 7 June. Director Rem Koolhaas has invited the curators of all national pavilions to present exhibitions that respond to the theme ‘Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014’."

On Thursday 19 June Het Nieuwe Instituut welcomes the curators of the Dutch and the British Biennale pavilions.

OPEN: A BAKEMA CELEBRATIONThe Dutch pavilion is jointly curated by Guus Beumer (Het Nieuwe Instituut) and Dirk van den Heuvel (Delft University of Technology and Jaap Bakema Study Centre). The (...) >>>

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June 5 and 6, Venice, Italy

Curated by Hans Ibelings and promoted by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Rome, the second edition of Greenhouse Talk consists in conversations on the future of architecture in a changing world. The event will take place in Venice, at Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal on June 5 and 6, from 9 to 11 am, during the preview of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.

The prestigious guests, called upon to discuss the development of architecture in an international context, will provide their contributions in the form of a conversation. They will talk about (...) >>>

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article on Riba J - Behind the scenes: Blog - Hugh Pearman

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read the article on www.ribajournal.com


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article in ’de Architect’

"Wordt het nog wat, met De Hofbogen in Rotterdam? Crimson Architectural Historians pleit voor een lange adem en pakt de draad na de werkzaamheden in 2013 te hebben afgerond, op eigen initiatief weer op. Zij bekeken hoe het scenario uit 2008 voor transformatie van het voormalige treinviaduct in Rotterdam-Noord op een andere manier te realiseren is. Door in te spelen op de energie en kennis van bewonersinitiatieven, ondernemers en andere partijen rondom de lijn en langzaamaan een ketting van juweeltjes te rijgen..."

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Een realistische ontwerpvisie voor de transformatie van het 1.9 km lange monumentale spoorviaduct De Hofbogen. Gebaseerd op zeven jaar ervaring in de weerbarstige praktijk en tot stand gekomen door directe participatie van betrokken huurders en bewoners.

In het voorjaar van 2013 initieerde Crimson Architectural Historians ter afsluiting van de directie van het projectbureau de Hofbogen een ontwerpvisie voor het 1.9 km lange dak van het voormalige spoorviaduct de Hofbogen. Crimson deed dit samen met Londens ontwerpbureau muf architecture/art. De visie vormt een verdere uitwerking van de Toekomstvisie De Hofbogen. Het Langste Gebouw van Rotterdam die in 2008 door Hofbogen BV werd gepresenteerd. In dit document werden een reeks ideeën en plannen voor de toekomst van de Hofbogen uiteengezet, zowel in als op de bogen.

De eens geplande grootschalige gebiedsontwikkelingen rondom de Hofbogen, waarop de plannen uit de Toekomstvisie grotendeels waren gebaseerd, zijn echter niet langer meer aan de orde. Bovendien is (...) >>>

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Debatavond:
07/03/2014

Met een publieke avond komt het debatprogramma Track Changes, dat plaatsvond tijdens de architectuurbiënnale van São Paulo op 4, 5 en 6 november 2013, thuis in Nederland.

Een internationaal gezelschap van architecten, stedenbouwkundigen, economen, ontwikkelaars, politici en architectuurhistorici sprak in Brazilië over de heftige veranderingen die een maatschappij ondergaat in periodes van economische, politieke of sociale crises, en over de rol die architecten en stedenbouwkundigen daarin kunnen spelen. De thema’s ‘What’s Your Crisis?’, ‘Bottom-up Is Not Enough’ en ‘We the People’ vormden de leidraad voor de debatten.

In São Paulo zorgde ‘Bottom up is not enough’ voor het felste debat. Het grootste deel van het internationale gezelschap was het eens met de stelling, maar over de manier waarop dit in de praktijk (...) >>>

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photo: Maarten Laupman In het voorjaar van 2013 initieerde Crimson Architectural Historians ter afsluiting van de directie van het projectbureau de Hofbogen een ontwerpschets voor het 1.9 km lange dak van het voormalige spoorviaduct de Hofbogen. Crimson deed dit samen met Londens ontwerpbureau muf architecture/art. De schets vormt een verdere uitwerking van de Toekomstvisie De Hofbogen. Het Langste Gebouw van Rotterdam die in 2008 door Hofbogen BV werd gepresenteerd. In deze visie werden een reeks ideeën en plannen voor de toekomst van de Hofbogen uiteengezet, zowel in als op de bogen.

De eens geplande grootschalige gebiedsontwikkelingen rondom de Hofbogen, waarop de plannen uit de Toekomstvisie grotendeels waren gebaseerd, zijn echter niet langer meer aan de orde. Bovendien is (...) >>>

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On monday 24 February, Design as Politics’ professor Wouter Vanstiphout gave his third lecture for students following the Urbanism Masters track. After discussing Money in the first quarter, and Democracy during the second, he now confronted the students with the topic of decentralization.

Starting from the basic principles of the nation state and the rise and fall of Dutch planning, he discussed the idea of a federal Europe, the concept of charter cities and even autarkic, anarchist and Tolstoyan communities.


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"Under the title WILL IT SUSTAIN? the Danish Architecture Centre is presenting three international exhibitions on the theme of the paradoxes of sustainability. The exhibitions, Behind the Green Door, The Banality of Good and Shifts can be seen in conjunction with a wide range of debates, lectures, film screenings, family activities and guided tours."

Opening of the exhibition on thursday 6 february. Opening debate from 4.30 - 6.00 with Lionel Devlieger, Michelle Provoost, Nanne de Ru and Hans Ibelings.


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Crimson Architectural Historians is proud to announce the opening of the exhibition The Banality of Good: Six decades of New Towns, Architects, Money and Politics at the Danish Architecture Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark on February 6th 2014. For this occasion the travelling exhibition is extended with an extra triptych on new town Albertslund!

The exhibition asks: can the design of New Towns again be a subject of collective pride to architects and not of professional shame like it seems to be now? ‘Banality’ is unavoidable when building (...) >>>

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Naar aanleiding van de door het Stimuleringsfonds voor Creatieve Industrie uitgeschreven Open Oproep met het thema Stedenbouw zonder grondopbrengsten, is Crimson Architectural Historians geselecteerd om een onderzoeksvoorstel binnen dit thema voor te bereiden. Het doel van de Open Oproep is het delen van nieuwe praktijken en het ontwikkelen van nieuwe kennis, strategieën en ideeën die bijdragen aan de grondige herziening van de huidige stedenbouw. Door het wegvallen van de reguliere opbrengsten uit projectmatige gebiedsontwikkeling is immers de voedingsbodem onder de publieke stedenbouw weggeslagen.

Het onderzoek dat Crimson is gestart heeft de (werk) titel Monumenten als aanjager van gebiedsontwikkeling en heeft tot doel een maatschappelijke vorm van gebiedsontwikkeling te onderzoeken door (...) >>>

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Publication by Michelle Provoost

Architect Hugh Maaskant (1907-1977) played a major role in modern Dutch architecture. He designed revolutionary, complex, large-scale buildings with metropolitan allure, like the Groothandelsgebouw and the Euromast in Rotterdam and the Scheveningen Pier. In Maaskant: Architect of Progress architecture historian and Maaskant expert Michelle Provoost places Maaskant in an international and historical perspective.

Hugh Maaskant is considered the godfather and forerunner of the generation of Winy Maas (MVRDV), Adriaan Geuze (West 8), Willem Jan Neutelings and Rem Koolhaas. Yet he was underappreciated for many years. Provoost describes Maaskant’s work as part of the optimistic, stimulating aspect of post-war reconstruction and the exciting world of the 1960s. She also places him in the context of Dutch architecture, both of his time and of later generations, particularly the ‘Super Dutch’.

‘Foremost, I admire Maaskant for his understated mix of common sense and capraciousness’ — Rem Koolhaas Architect Hugh Maaskant (1907-1977) played a major role in modern Dutch architecture. He (...) >>>

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Stad.Academie organiseert lezing Michelle Provoost
vrijdag 29 november om 19 uur

Stad.Academie, de nieuwe opleiding voor huidige en nieuwe stadmakers in de Euregio, is officieel van start gegaan. Lezingen in het curriculum van Stad.Academie zijn openbaar.

Zo geeft op vrijdag 29 november om 19 uur architectuurhistorica Michelle Provoost de lezing ‘Bottom-up is not enough’ bij Bureau Europa in de Timmerfabriek. Klik hier voor meer informatie.

Michelle Provoost onderzoekt in haar lezing onze positie in deze tijd van crisis en de richting die we met z’n allen inslaan. Van Newark tot Sao Paulo, van Amsterdam tot Mumbai, overal zien we dezelfde trend van politiek geëngageerde doe-het-zelf architectuur opduiken bij biënnales en architectuurevenementen. Ontwerpers en activisten kiezen heel bewust voor deze succesvolle bottom-up initiatieven. Daarnaast ontstaat er nu een echte industrie van tijdelijkheid, pop-up, crowdsourcing en participatieprojecten, zonder de ambitie van een groter, strategisch doel. Is het te vermijden dat deze praktijken alleen maar een modern fenomeen worden, overgenomen door de markt en instellingen? En wat kunnen we leren van eerdere crises?

Datum: 29 november 2013 Tijd: 19.00 uur Taal: Engels Toegang: € 5,- Locatie: Bureau Europa, Timmerfabriek, Boschstraat 9, Maastricht >>>

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News item on Hugh Maaskant for Dutch Radio and TV station Rijnmond, including video with original Maaskant footage, interview with Michelle Provoost, Nathalie de Vries (MVRDV) and Willem Jan Neutelings (Neutelings Riedijk Architects).


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Henry Moore’s Wall Relief No.1, near Rotterdam Central Station, is a unique piece in the artist’s career: it is his only work in brick. The wall sculpture is temporarily removed because a new building is erected on the spot. Architecture historian Wouter Vanstiphout talks about the history and future of the piece.


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On monday 18 November, Wouter Vanstiphout gave the second lecture in a series of three for students at Delft University of Technology.

After the Money lecture last September, we will now take you on a journey along architecture projects in order to explore their democratic value. From large iconic projects as a representation of democracy, like the Houses of Parliament in London, or the National Mall in Washington DC to small-scale, “big society-like” participation projects as the stadsinitiatief. Obviously we will also take the ‘bumpy road’ whereas not every project is received as positively by the public; leading to large protests, sometimes even causing riots, and –if lucky– a political referendum. And what about the freedom to protest in (privatized) public space? Will we find common ground and in that way, make design socially significant and politically relevant again?


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article by Wouter Vanstiphout

Bijna twintig jaar geleden ontwierp Rem Koolhaas De Kunsthal, een inspirerend meesterwerk dat het eigenzinnig karakter van de stad onderstreepte en de stad vooruit hielp. Nu hurkt er een plompe reus aan onze skyline, De Rotterdam, de cynische bevestiging van het bestaande gebrek aan verbeelding. Wat een gemiste kans voor Rotterdam, vindt Wouter Vanstipthout.

In 1991 verhuiste ik vrijwillig naar Rotterdam. Dat voelde toen nog als een ideologische keuze, jezelf vrijwillig te commiteren aan deze gehavende stad, in plaats van jezelf uit te zetten in het (...) >>>

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De MINI MALL in de Hofbogen is geselecteerd voor de shortlist van de Rotterdam Architectuurprijs 2013. Hiermee behoort het project tot één van de 25 kanshebbers voor de prijs van de vakjury en de publieksprijs.

Tot 20 september konden professionals en het grote publiek gebouwen inzenden voor de Rotterdam Architectuur Prijs 2013 met het thema Transformatie. De beste daarvan hebben nu een plek gekregen op de shortlist, waaronder de MINI MALL in de Hofbogen.

Onder leiding van Crimson Architectural Historians heeft Hofbogen BV zich in de periode 2007-2011 gericht op de restauratie en herbestemming van het Station Hofplein. Dit voormalige (...) >>>

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