Archive for July, 2012


July 31, 2012

The end of an Era has just started: today is the last day of The Berlage Institute, Postgraduate Laboratory of Architecture; as we know it. Over a period of 20-ish years the institute has become the melting pot of inspiration, intelligence, experiments and above all the culture of architecture. Place with people from all over the world that came to the Netherlands to shake their head, share and exchange. It was a Surprise, Hard work, Horror, Pleasure, Fun and Honour to take part in this. Let’s see what the future will bring; the Alumni club stays, the Institute takes a new start as The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design at TU Delft. goodbyehello

group photo from the last Berlage tutoring in Buenos Aires with Flavio Janches.


July 23, 2012

‘Modernism also belongs to the City’ and is part of us, our memory. This is the title of an recent interview with Lada Hršak brought out on friday 13th, by Amsterdam’s daily newspaper hetParool. As it happens, some of the data in the interview can be taken with a ‘grain of salt’ therefore the credits for the Dutch Embassy in Ethiopia shall be completed with Van Gameren Mastenbroek. More about the topic, and foremost the jounalist’s experience of the ‘house of the architect’ is available for the Dutch readers when clicking on the image.


July 7, 2012

photos Dieuwertje Komen

Our 5m long leporello has arrived! And has already been pronounced ‘The Book of The Month’ by renown Dutch site ’Archined’ (in a bundle with 3 other cahiers). Available via: archined-boek-van-de-maand

Scramble City is a visual essay by Lada Hršak, Michiel van Iersel, Dieuwertje Komen and Neeltje ten Westenend. It presents a fragmented journey through a fragmented urban landscape filled with good intentions. In the autumn of 2010 they were part of a group of 20 architects, urban designers, artists, designers and writers that travelled to the Balkans(Skopje, Priština, Tirana), Marseille, the North of England (Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool) and the Basque region (Bilbao and Vitoria-Gasteiz). This ninth Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture study trip was entitled What’s Up, What’s Down: Cultural Catalysts in Urban Space and investigated the urban transformations of the last several decades in these European secondary cities.