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Archis 1999 #2

De groene uitdaging. Kanttekeningen hij het verschijnsel duurzaam bouwen / The green challenge. On sustainable building

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The environmental issue is, irrefutably, a social issue of a scope and magnitude similar to, say, that of the housing problems at the start of this century and during the post-war period. In the past, thinking about such problems served to guide and vitalize the profession. But today, it seems, architects have little interest in […]

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Archis 1999 #2

De stad is al eeuwen duurzaam / The city has been sustainable for centuries

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Urbanism primarily is about designing, building and transforming settlements based on the changing needs of society. According to Vitruvius these requirements can be classified under three headings: commodity, firmness (or sustainability) and delight. ‘Commodity demands a perfect division of spaces, without impediment for the occupiers, and practical siting. Delight is achieved if the work is […]

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Archis 1999 #2

Ingeroosterde wildernis. De socialisering van de ecologische infrastructuur / Gridded wilderness. Socializing the ecological infrastructure

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In the eighties, Frans Vera and Fred Baerselman thought out the Dutch Ecological Infrastructure. Their idea was to have a set of large nature reserves, both existing and new, able to represent the gamut of potential natural landscape types in the Netherlands. The natural balance in these reserves would be >self-regulating= so that constant human […]

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Archis 1999 #2

Verstoorde harmonie / Disrupted harmony

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All in all, the contributions have enough in common for us to speak of a special issue. In this respect, Archis is trying to do justice to a social sector, a domain of thinking and an important force field in our culture. Yet the subject of ecology is too broad to stay in a little […]

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