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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.