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Habitat. biq Builds the City | Hans van der Heijden, Rick Wessels, Ellis Woodman, Stefan Müller | 9789462080553

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HABITAT

biq Builds the City

Author:Hans van der Heijden, Rick Wessels, Ellis Woodman, Stefan Müller

Publisher:nai010

ISBN: 978-94-6208-055-3

  • Paperback
  • Dutch, English
  • 144 Pages
  • Apr 26, 2013

Realism according to biq stadsontwerp

The architects of the Rotterdam architecture practice biq stadsontwerp realize that the human habitat is no pristine idyll. Hans van der Heijden and Rick Wessels consider the habitat to be the architect’s field of work and the gauge of the design. The design’s effectiveness is the product of traditions and societal conventions, of the dreams, desires and fictions of its inhabitants, but also of the possibilities and limitations of the construction industry. biq stadsontwerp links architectonic forms to the negotiations inherent in working in the modern city. Habitat examines this realism through five of the practice’s award-winning designs.

New build and renovation, urban expansion and urban regeneration, mass-produced housing and monumental public buildings are presented side by side as architectural challenges of equal value.

Realism according to biq stadsontwerp

The architects of the Rotterdam architecture practice biq stadsontwerp realize that the human habitat is no pristine idyll. Hans van der Heijden and Rick Wessels consider the habitat to be the architect’s field of work and the gauge of the design. The design’s effectiveness is the product of traditions and societal conventions, of the dreams, desires and fictions of its inhabitants, but also of the possibilities and limitations of the construction industry. biq stadsontwerp links architectonic forms to the negotiations inherent in working in the modern city. Habitat examines this realism through five of the practice’s award-winning designs.

New build and renovation, urban expansion and urban regeneration, mass-produced housing and monumental public buildings are presented side by side as architectural challenges of equal value. Habitat features explanatory texts and illustrations by Hans van der Heijden and Rick Wessels, a critical interview by Ellis Woodman and photographs by Stefan Müller. Hans van der Heijden and Rick Wessels are architects at the Rotterdam architecture practice biq stadsontwerp. Ellis Woodman is executive editor of Building Design and architecture critic for The Telegraph.

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