New publication 'Designing in Times of Transformation'

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The new publication ‘New Attitudes: Designing in Times of Transformation’, the seventh episode of the series Amsterdam Academy of Architecture: Research - Reflections - Projects, is finished. This episode focuses on the new role of the designer in (re) programming and (re) development.


During the past three years, the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture has organized several design assignments, each addressing the new role of the designer in their own specific way. Students were confronted with the changing market, governmental and industry demands.

The three central themes are a building’s typology (adequate usage of materials), interaction with the user, and the program. These central themes are used to address a new attitude as to the past, present and future. Both the building as a durable shell with flexible applications (solid), and the temporary, mobile and autarkic building. Both material innovation, and recycling of existing materials and buildings or building sections. Both carefully top-down programmed applications and bottom-up driven initiatives.


Within these themes, various design attitudes can be identified. These design attitudes are clarified in several essays, based on student projects. Contributions by Machiel Spaan, Mark Hendriks, Jeroen Kooymans, Arjen Klok, Ruurd Roorda, Huib Haye van der Werf, Ed van Hinte, Jan Jongert, Gert Hage and Jan van Grunsven.

The publication New Attitudes: Designing in Times of Transformation (Architectura & Natura Publishers) is available at the library of the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture and at selected bookstores.