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Archis 2002 #4

Dutchness at your service

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The task The booming megacity of Shanghai had invited the young planners and five other architectural designers to envisage a future for Gaoqiao Town, an 800-year-old satellite of Shanghai which in five years’ time will have 100,000 inhabitants on an area of 5.6 square kilometres plus a low-density resort area of 3.6 square kilometres. Situated […]

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Archis 2002 #4

Transgressive practices. An outline of a globalized Dutch architectural practice

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A similar trend can be found with some of the larger Dutch developers, like the Multi Development Corporation and MAB, which have become important players in the European market. Conversely, a lot of foreign architects are being hired for big and prestigious projects in the Netherlands, like the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and Rotterdam Central Station. […]

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Archis 2002 #4

The Dutch model: a fortuyn-ate tale

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Emerging from a proliferation of local ‘liveable’ parties that argued for less development (but more roads) and direct control, Fortuyn’s party wanted to keep the Netherlands Dutch in the same sort of vague way that Bush wants to keep the United States American and the New Urbanists want to resurrect a 1920s American small town […]

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Archis 2002 #4

Dutch freak show (editorial)

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History does not stand still. The Netherlands, famous for its social cohesiveness and tolerance, has changed. Or rather, is in the process of rediscovering another typical trait. Moralizing finger wagging. There’s no shortage of targets at the present moment. Suddenly there are countless examples of moral decline for people to get worked up about: politicians […]

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