Archive for the 'Mid Size City' Category


March 4, 2013

Scramble_BookshopAccompanying the ‘Medium’ OASE magazine issue nr 89 devoted to Mid-Size City you will find our visual essay  entitled ‘Scramble City’. (see earlier blog) The upcoming seminar and debate focusing on the topic will be held in Ghent on 25 April 2013.


January 13, 2013

Upon the invitation of The Dutch Embassy in Georgia we went to Tbilisi to participate in an interesting event: Days of Dutch Architecture in Georgia containing an exhibition and the lecture series. Accompanied by very warm welcome, many interested parties and foremost an interesting place. When the mist set off the city revealed it’s treasures. Ministry bankThe Ministry of Transport designed by minister Chakhava himself at the end of soviet times turned into The Bank of Georgia. Followed by the restored wooden loggias of the historical summer place and ultracontemporary architecture.tanjur The change and adaption was however most interesting to be seen in modernist housing slabs. One might call it personalising the facade, and activating the ground floor with public functions: small commodity shops and services. MiniMARket It is difficult to trace the original elevation and shopkeepers were suspicious to strangers. But energy of people and  power of change makes this definitely a place to return to. Multiflat


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.


May 24, 2012

How could the be if we were able to rearrange the elements of realty? A significant venture into an other-improved living condition is done by Txell Blanco Diaz.  At the outskirts of Leidsche Rijn reality is placed in a  gap between past and future condition on constantly evolving building-site. Piles of sand or bricks lay next to road waiting…. until Txell came by and rearranged the pile into a place; creating complete urban furniture set with a bench and a waste basket. Excellent.

Let’s leave to imagination what happened when workers pass by the next morning at 7 am?  Txell Blanco Diaz, more info on


April 18, 2012

In the coming few days there are few interesting venues regarding The City. One of which is definitely a colloquium on ‘Mid-Size City’ – The Dual Nature of Urban Imagery in Europe During the Long 20th Century. It takes place in Ghent from 19th to 21th April and is organised by GUST (Ghent Urban Studies Team) from Ghent University. Even before we go out to the printer’s with our ‘Scramble City Cross Section of a Fictitious Secondary City’ project will have a ‘primeur’ presentation at the colloquium.a glimpse of Scramble City map

Scramble City presents the cross section of a fictitious secondary city, composed of elements from nine European cities. It is a visual essay by Lada Hršak, Michiel van Iersel, Dieuwertje Komen and Neeltje ten Westenend, recording a fragmented journey through a fragmented urban landscape. In as much as there are similarities among European urban pathways through time, there are also local particularities and differences. Europe’s cities have unique identities grounded in geography, climate, their overall function and historical narratives. This heterogeneity emerged clearly from the research (Fonds BKVB Study-trip) carried out by a group who undertook a ‘grand tour’ of Europe’s cities and travelled in close succession to Skopje, Priština, Tirana, Marseille, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Bilbao and Vitoria-Gasteiz. Scramble City is more than just a journey along places and people; it is ultimately a journey through time: the successes and failures in the creation of urban identity over the past decade.