Architecture & Urbanism 592 – SuperNormal | Architecture in the Netherlands 2010-2020
Architecture & Urbanism 592 – In this issue, together with guest editor Kirsten Hannema, Chief Editor of the nai010 Yearbook Architecture in the Netherlands, we will take a look at the recent 10 years of Dutch architecture discourse. Previously in our a+u 12:01 issue (Feature: Architecture in the Netherlands 2000–2011) highlighting the country’s architecture scene right after the global financial crisis in 2008, the construction industry faced a slowdown and what we saw then as “typically” Dutch, has gradually faded.
Looking away from the “SuperDutch” stigma, we now see projects combining broader social issues and since, take on a new form of cultural energy. Yet, compared to their previous superstar generation, these architects and their projects often go unnoticed. Therefore, in this issue, 19 projects are selected and placed into 3 themes to introduce to you a new attitude on today’s architecture in the Netherlands – the “SuperNormal”.
The 3 themes: “Reshaping the Polder” looks into pilot projects that rethink the sustainability of our construction practice. “Tabula Scripta” introduces transformation projects exploring how we rebuild under pre-existing conditions. “After the NAi” presents a body of public projects built during the period after 2012 when the national budget was cut. Each theme is accompanied by an essay written by Bob Witman, Jarrik Ouburg, and Sergio M Figueiredo, respectively. Finally, Floris Alkemade, Chief Government Architect of the Netherlands, shares with us in an interview about his reflections, actions, and predictions on the country’s architectural setting. Credits to Eelco Van Welie, Director of nai010 publishers, for his support, including authors of the essays, and the architects who contributed to this issue. (From: a+u)
192 p, ills colour & bw, 22 x 29 cm, pb