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Architecture – 13 projects selected

In the third Architecture round of 2021, 13 proposals have been selected. All the positively assessed applications were awarded grants. Coordinator Dominique Geelen reflects on the round.

11 November 2021

general impression
All the positively assessed applications received grants in this round. Subjects such as community/CPC (collective private commissioning), circularity and water/climate adaptation were strongly represented in this round. A striking aspect was the number of applications for film productions. Several projects use documentary as an end product or as a supporting medium.

The theme of diversity and inclusion is receiving more and more attention within the field of architecture. In this round, there were also some applications in which the theme is a subject of extensive study. These proposals focus on intersectionality, accessibility (physical and otherwise) for people with physical disabilities and involvement of broad communities, and urban space for non-humans.

Notable projects in this round include:

12e editie Eo Wijers Prijsvraag
– Eo Wijers Foundation
The annual Eo Wijers competition is aimed at improving spatial quality at a supralocal scale level. The organization argues that spatial quality is under pressure due to conflicting claims on space. These include agriculture, housing, nature development and the energy transition. The competition brings together clients and multidisciplinary teams of designers and researchers to give areas or regions a creative impulse, such as the introduction of new perspectives or a tangible transformation. In this start phase, the Foundation wants to have in-depth research carried out at and by knowledge institutions, in order to achieve a sharper analysis of the issues.

Study into working methods WomenMakeTheCity
– Marthe Singelenberg Urban Anthropology
WomenMakeTheCity (WMTC) advises on the socio-physical living environment of the city from an intersectional, feminist perspective, and does this by giving marginalized groups a voice in decision-making. The organization was created in 2018 and contributed to the drafting of the Environmental Vision Amsterdam 2050 with a Women's Advisory Council. WMTC is currently involved in projects in Amsterdam Zuidoost and Nieuw-West. Marthe Singelenberg Urban Anthropology makes use of Toni Griffin's Just City Index, a methodology for developing a just city, translated to the Dutch context. In collaboration with architectural firm Studio L A, a design method for the public space is also being developed based on this methodology, so that in addition to advice, design proposals can also be put forward.

Fluid Territories: The North Sea and Beyond – Hamed Khosravi

Fluid Territories: The North Sea and Beyond – Hamed Khosravi
Hamed Khosravi wants to work towards a manuscript for a publication with Fluid Territories: The North Sea and Beyond. Khosravi's research focuses on the North Sea, which he considers to be the most urbanized body of water in the world. The research project offers new interdisciplinary readings of the ways in which the relationship between the space, the territory and its form of life can be revisited: it separates architecture from land and reads it in the context of the free sea. The study considers the North Sea to be a contested area in which various forms of life have flourished. For centuries, the sea has been the playing field of appropriation and conflict, and Khosravi wants to investigate how architecture has responded to this. He also focuses on the future, for example on the impact of climate change on the various coastlines, or the expanding logistics infrastructure as a result of shifts in our economy. In this follow-up application, Khosravi is building on the research conducted in the start-up phase, academics will be invited to write essays for the sub-themes, and design proposals will be drawn up for each theme together with a group of researchers and architects, and with parties such as the Architectural Association School of Architecture (London), TU Delft (Delft) and H+N+S Landscape Architects.

De Reizende Boom (The Travelling Tree) - Hein van Duppen
Issues such as climate resilience, biodiversity and liveability demand that more green space is realized in the city. With the project The Travelling Tree, Hein van Duppen wants to bring residents and professionals together to think about the future of the city, by means of events around the tree. The project inspires and stimulates individuals to actively engage in greening their living environment. The Travelling Tree visits various destinations and enters into a dialogue with the surroundings. People can share stories, photos and experiences of its stay with each other online. This will result in a travel report as a starting point for a public discussion (together with CAST) with/between residents and professionals. The tree is also part of an exhibition organized by Kunstloc. The Travelling Tree is an instrument for involving residents in thinking about the design of our living environment. Its travel report provides insight into different interests and ideas, and into the significance of trees in the city. The project connects policymakers and designers of the city with its users. Together they can put the challenges facing cities on the agenda. Besides CAST and Kunstloc, the Municipality of Tilburg, Almere Centrum and Bright are involved as partners.

Click here for all the projects selected in Architecture.

numbers
Of the 33 subsidy applications taken into consideration, 13 are receiving grants. This brings the percentage of applications receiving grants to 39%. The closing date for the last round this year was 6 October 2021. You can find the deadlines for next year here.

Challenging Neoliberal Urbanization Between Crisis (working title) Cohabitation Strategies