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Archiprix 2019

Exhibitions ARCHIPRIX Netherlands & International 2019 and booklaunch & exhibition Dwelling on the Future by StudioDA, Pierre d' Avoine

All week at TU/e | Vertigo stairway | Station

Archiprix presents the best graduation projects architecture, urban design, interior- and landscape architecture. The graduation projects present lucid solutions for contemporary tasks. They have been carefully selected by the universities as their best graduation projects.

The predictive power of the graduation project

Each edition of Archiprix, this one included, presents a fascinating new collection of final year work. These are projects the jury invariably admits to being impressed by in terms of their diversity and in many cases their quality but most of all in terms of the drive and optimism of their designers. Since a graduation project is generally the springboard to the world of professional practice I for one am always curious as to what these Archiprix participants are destined to contribute to that world. History has taught us that many have already made an impression with outstanding work, in all the represented disciplines.
Well, looking back is fine but it’s easily done. It is much more interesting to discover the potential of the talent we are presenting in this exhibition and encourage it. The best way to encourage such potential is to pick a graduation project that appeals and commission a work from its designer. And the best way to start down this road is to get inspired by the excellent final year work in this exhibition and reflect on the enormous pleasure it can mean for the future!

Lesia Topolnyk

Un-United Nations Headquarters
Neutral Ground for Discussing the Morality of Opposing Political Systems.
The project examines the new opportunities emerging within the interlocking realms of politics and architecture. It explores the role architecture can play in absorbing conflict situations in a divided society. Not by aiming for a consensus but through mutual understanding for different world views.

Devant Asawla

The Living Landscape of Quebrada Jaime
Valparaiso is a fragmented city, one where the landscape defines its boundaries.
The design constructs a self-sufficient industrial building that focuses on the production of:
1. Adobe construction materials (mudbricks, rammed earth, la quincha panels, earth-bag technology)
2. Region-specific wine (amphora fermented wine, specialized fruit wines, grappa etc.) The designed intervention initially looks at the conservation of these gradually vanishing techniques.

Serah-Ingrid Calitz

Sino-African Counterpoints
This final-year project develops the potential of the traditional Swahili house for the inhabitants of cities in Tanzania and presents an alternative to the deployment of China-financed Special Economic Zones in Africa. These SEZs are the darling of Africa’s political elite and the favourite vehicle of China’s ambitious One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. In reality it is nothing less than a copy-paste process of creating urbanity ex nihilo, out of nothing.

Stijn Lanters

Campanhã Urban Park
Sited in the grounds of an abandoned power plant on the periphery of Porto, the project constructs an urban park that facilitates all segments of the population and incites them to rise up the social ladder.

Iruma Rodríguez Hernández

Towards a Happier Havana
The area around the Almendares, Havana’s most important river, is where I make my promise to Havana. Armed with the specific conditions on site, that promise will be given shape by cleaning up the river, restoring the landscape, building 41,000 housing units (25% of what it now lacks), reinstating the area’s cultural legacy and affording greater mobility through the city.

Goda Verikaite

Recycling Utopia: in progress
My research focuses on the phenomenon of Socialist mass housing in Lithuania. This industrialized housing was the physical outcome of the Utopian promise to provide every Soviet family with its own apartment. I have sought to explore possible and/or impossible future scenarios and ask myself, ‘What if...?’

Lukasz K. Bakowski

The Garden of Tears
In Warsaw, our troubled society has reached a peak exemplary of this 21st century of contradictions, where contrasts like past and future or connection and disconnection to tradition coexist. The Garden of Tears presents a design for a Forum for Polish sorrows, traumas and complexes, as a mirror of contemporary Polish society.

Paul van den Bergh

META is an architectural installation that lays bare the consequences of unchecked digitization using real-life narratives. It is an installation artwork whose reach extends from the scale of the individual home to that of the region. It shows the consequences of life in a world where nothing seems to escape the march of progress. META began as the dream of a new modern-day Utopia but morphed into a pessimistic scenario more realistic than Utopia.

Johan van den Boom

Family Matters
This design for a housing complex for families in the city centre of Eindhoven introduces a new way of living. Its strategy of sharing facilities creates the space appropriate to the domestic needs of families. Kitchen, playroom and suchlike can be omitted from individual units so that these are kept affordable.

Samuel Kuhfuss Gustavsen

Encampment of Other Spaces
The 1:1 model designed for this project is speculative by nature and targets the 21st-century recluse who seeks to escape day-to-day life. I did research into actual examples of present-day recluses and was fascinated by their lifestyles.

Ashley Hoekerd

Spatial Membership
The end of ownership is near; soon we’ll be purchasing space on subscription.
With space and objects on offer as services and no longer as possessions, we will be treating space with greater efficiency. Welcome to Spatial Membership.

Jarno van Iwaarden

For the Benefit of All
Design for a housing complex on Hoogte Kadijk in Amsterdam whose vulnerable residents can be self-sufficient and are stimulated to take part in society.

Hanna Jankowska

Video Games Theatre
The future of leisure in the context of Akihabara
The idea behind Video Games Theatre in Tokyo’s Akibahara area is to create a compelling, dynamic space that would engage players and spectators alike. The spaces inside the theatre offer the same level of immersion and complexity whether the game is on or off.

Yerun Karabey

Vertical Foodline in Groningen
A metabolic urban food chain
This project is a scenario study. The Foodline provides an urban food chain, including vertical urban agriculture, through the stacked production of water-based food in a conditioned and artificially lit space. It unhitches intensive agricultural production from the usually large-scale use of space, raw materials and energy. With a smart design we can even let our food production grow while reducing our food footprint.

Michelle Kox

The Sequential Space
Emptiness as a departure point for architectural urban design at the Marine Site in Amsterdam.

Hedwig van der Linden

Expeditie Rotterdam
Expeditie Rotterdam or the quest for hidden space in the inner city
This innovative graduation project takes an in-depth look at Rotterdam's perimeter block type with service yard (expeditiebouwblok, hence the title) with the aim of giving the hidden space in this post-war urban fabric a new lease of life.

Niels Matitawaer

The Block
Set in Arnhem's station zone, this building for hip hop culture was inspired by the block party events held in the 1970s in The Bronx. It has passages, alleys, squares, stairs and galleries. Rather than having a specific programme it contains space that can be claimed. The rooms are positioned and dimensioned in such a way that the activities that take shape there in time become part of the building and its architecture.

Mariapaola Michelotto

Città Fabbrica
From the city of production to the productive city
This graduation project presents a study into the potential role of architecture in transforming the Russian city of Tolyatti into a city of knowledge.

Hana Marisa Mohar

The Organ Factory
A transplantation hospital for the airport city
It is the year 2050. The Organ Factory has been projected in the core of the Schiphol Corridor. It is a hyper-specialized hospital which performs transplantation surgeries and distributes freshly biomanufactured organs, combined with a medical resort.

Neil Moncrieff

A non-straightforward archipelago
Located on a test site at Oosterschelde in the province of Zeeland, this graduation project presents a proposal for a productive and protective ecosystem. It constructs four new spatial typologies, for seeweed plantations, mussel-pole fields, oyster reefs and salt marsh meadows. The intention behind this mix of ecological infrastructures is to achieve far-reaching environmental advantages. The proposed compounding of different loops is to maximize the yield.

Channah Mourmans

Architecture and the logic of dreaming; a design for an autobiographical house
I'm chasing the night so I can find rough bones and bitter diamonds Let it find you -Oscar and the wolf

Anne Nieuwenhuis

Liquid Land
The smallest particle as a solution for the turbid Western Scheldt
Liquid Land presents a design proposal to combat the turbid water of the Western Scheldt using natural forces that can decontaminate it. The Western Scheldt is a polluted estuary, an open inlet that is simultaneously a river mouth. This project calls for another way of addressing the turbid water and silt by no longer regarding the silt as waste.

Bram van Ooijen

Refugee camps are the cities of tomorrow
Located in southeast Amman, the capital city of Jordan, the Palestinian refugee camp of Al-Wihdat has an estimated 75,000 inhabitants. Camps and cities are often regarded as two separate entities, but increasing numbers of people are fleeing to the city instead of to a camp in no-man’s-land. This has ushered in a new worldwide phenomenon, refuge cities.

Reza Ambardi Pradana

Cities for People -of Tomorrow
Promoting urban vitality in the masterplanning process of Ecopark New Town in Hanoi
This graduation project juxtaposes two opposing ideas: Gehl’s 'Cities for People’ from 2013 and Le Corbusier's ‘City of Tomorrow’ from 1947. It seeks to give an answer to the intriguing question of how to create cities for people, as Gehl proposes, from scratch as new towns, as Le Corbusier proposes.

Madeline Prickett

A Necklace for South Limburg
Can highways be a strategy for regional developments in South Limburg through landscape design?
The highways of South Limburg can become a powerful magnet for the region, which as a result can nestle between Liège, Aachen and Hasselt as a key player.

Daniël Kleine Schaars

A walk through Rotterdam’s Old West quarter
The design consists of an urban plan that unfurls a sequence of public spaces. Subtly inserted across the the context, these interventions combine as an area of encounter. One of the interventions has been worked up into an architectural plan. The project seeks to show that design briefs in a larger urban area can be more firmly stitched together by uniting architecture and urban design.

Christiaan Schuit

From One Room to Another
A new inclusive residential environment for dementia patients and those close to them
From One Room to Another presents an alternative residential environment for people with dementia.

Igor Sokolov

Life Garden
An attempt to rediscover a place for meeting nature in the centre of a modern city. [edit]
Antwerp Zoo was the site chosen for developing a pilot for Life Garden. The design presents a domain in the city where plant and animal life, liberated from direct human pressure, can be found in its natural state.

Eva Ventura

Erosion for Betterment
Designing with erosion to improve well-being – a case study of the Volta Delta, Ghana .
This project presents a landscape and architectural design in which the process of erosion accommodates rather than frustrates. The design seeks to incorporate erosion as a beneficial element of daily life in Ghana’s Volta Delta Region, a coastal area sadly facing severe erosional threats due to human activity and climate change.

Erik Brouwer

Red Meat
A better life and death for livestock.
My final-year project seeks to address the issue of how to combine the different stages of an agricultural production chain within a single architectural object. It also addresses the future of farming, as well as suggesting how we might find a solution to its current problems.

Archiprix foundation

Archiprix is a collaboration between universities in architecture, urbanism and landscape architecture. It has organized the national Archiprix Netherlands since 1979 and inaugurated Archiprix International in 2001. This has turned out to be an extremely successful combination. With her activities Archiprix introduces the most talented designers to a broad audience. Their excellent graduation projects present a wide variety of relevant solutions for contemporary design tasks.