Back to school

July 8, 2021

Forum Groningen appears as a topic in the final exams of the Dutch Highschools (Examen Handvaardigheid Havo).

Questions like: “in the center of the building you’ll find an open space, the atrium. From here you can access all floors including the roof with views over the entire city. The atrium reinforces the public character of the building. Please explain how“.

Tricky…

#recurringnightmare

MONOPOLY 3D

July 6, 2021

Game on! next level, new rules: cultural facility as catalyst : )

Forum Groningen at GROOTE MARKT = chance

GROWING VALUES

June 28, 2021

The construction industry is responsible for almost half of all CO2 emissions. What if we build in wood?

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Germany’s forests supply the equivalent of 1 m3 of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) every 2 seconds

For all 26 units of Terrace House 700 trees would need to be cut leaving a void in the forest of 140 m x 140 m

Yet, it takes less than 21 minutes to grow back!

While absorbing some 2 000 tonnes of CO2

Let’s value growing materials. Let’s grow new values.

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GROWING VALUES is collaborative project of Studyo and NL Architects and part of the traveling exhibition and publication SORGE UM DEN BESTAND — currently on show at DAZ until June 27. NEXT STOPS: Munich and Duisburg.

COOPERATION of BDA and Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

CURATORS: Olaf Bahner, Matthias Böttger and Laura Holzberg

SORGE UM DEN BESTAND – ZEHN STRATEGIEN FÜR DIE ARCHITEKTUR published at Jovis Verlag

EXHIBITION DESIGN by Marius Busch (ON/OFF) and Christian Göthner (lfm²) in collaboration with Daria Dordina

CONTRIBUTORS: I Katja Fischer, Jan Kampshoff — II Simon Jüttner — III Andreas Krauth, Urs Kumberger, Verena Schmidt — IV Tabea Michaelis, Ben Pohl — V Eike Roswag-Klinge, VI Michael Obrist — VII Jörg Heiler — VIII Roland Gruber, Maria Isabettini, Peter Nageler — IX Dirk E. Hebel — X Aysin Ipekci, Kamiel Klaasse

PHOTO: Leon Lenk

MODEL: atelier 36

RESEARCH: Dr. Ir. Pablo van der Lugt, Green Matters, TU Delft, Markus Steppler, W. u. J. Derix GmbH & Co., Martin Schwarz, Wald und Holz NRW

GROWING VALUES

June 24, 2021

The construction industry is responsible for almost half of all CO2 emissions. What if we build in wood?

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Germany’s forests supply the equivalent of 1 m3 of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) every 2 seconds

For all 26 units of Terrace House 700 trees would need to be cut leaving a void in the forest of 140 m x 140 m

Yet, it takes less than 21 minutes to grow back!

While absorbing some 2 000 tonnes of CO2

Let’s value growing materials. Let’s grow new values.

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GROWING VALUES is collaborative project of Studyo and NL Architects and part of the traveling exhibition and publication SORGE UM DEN BESTAND — currently on show at DAZ until June 27. NEXT STOPS: Munich and Duisburg.

COOPERATION of BDA and Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

CURATORS: Olaf Bahner, Matthias Böttger and Laura Holzberg

SORGE UM DEN BESTAND – ZEHN STRATEGIEN FÜR DIE ARCHITEKTUR published at Jovis Verlag

EXHIBITION DESIGN by Marius Busch (ON/OFF) and Christian Göthner (lfm²) in collaboration with Daria Dordina

CONTRIBUTORS: I Katja Fischer, Jan Kampshoff — II Simon Jüttner — III Andreas Krauth, Urs Kumberger, Verena Schmidt — IV Tabea Michaelis, Ben Pohl — V Eike Roswag-Klinge, VI Michael Obrist — VII Jörg Heiler — VIII Roland Gruber, Maria Isabettini, Peter Nageler — IX Dirk E. Hebel — X Aysin Ipekci, Kamiel Klaasse

PHOTO: Leon Lenk

MODEL: atelier 36

RESEARCH: Dr. Ir. Pablo van der Lugt, Green Matters, TU Delft, Markus Steppler, W. u. J. Derix GmbH & Co., Martin Schwarz, Wald und Holz NRW

Naamgebaar

April 15, 2021

How to say Forum Groningen in sign language?

Stichting Clubhuis voor Doven organized a contest to find a fitting gesture. The brilliant proposal of Leonie Bloem takes the V-shapes for ‘view’ and for ‘reading’ and combines them with the gesticulation for ‘meeting’ into one meaningful and crystal clear expression: a manual x-ray of the Forum.

At the same time the name gesture seems to paraphrase the hip hop classic east side – west side : )

Of course it should be included in Bouwspraak

BOUWSPRAAK

April 13, 2021

“The whole earth was of one language and of one speech”.

They said one to another, “Come, let’s make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” They said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top reaches to the sky, and let’s make ourselves a name.”

A new language has been invented: a language for building sites, a sign language, a universal language.

Two developments sparked the desire for a new mode of communication:

The noise on construction sites increasingly calls for protective ear-wear. This makes verbal exchange even more difficult.

At the same time the number of nationalities involved in the building process has been steadily growing. At least 10 different languages could be heard on the construction site of Forum Groningen, for instance. How to exchange information? How to build?

Yahweh came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built. Yahweh said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is what they begin to do. Now nothing will be withheld from them, which they intend to do. Come, let’s go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”

Interestingly the industry that is responsible for that very Babylonian Confusion of Tongues now presents the unifying solution: the Esperanto of non-verbal communication: Bouwspraak!

All that glitters is not gold

October 22, 2020

After decades of lucrative extraction of natural gas, the province of Groningen now suffers from frequent tremors with devastating effect.

But an article in Nature headlines that EARTHQUAKES MAKE GOLD VEINS IN AN INSTANT. That would be something! Earthquakes as potential cash cow? Payback for Grunn? From black gold to real GOLD?

This striking photo by Peter Wiersema reveals the essence of the Forum: the public realm of the city lights up like a gold vein and extends into the building, winding all the way up to the roof as a geological marvel.

This could serve as a metaphor: social capital as the most valuable commodity.

Kleiburg Mutations

October 20, 2020

Kleiburg Mutations is an attempt to visualize the immense variety of individual choices of the new inhabitants of the Kleiburg estate to customize their homes.

Kleiburg Mutations maps the seemingly endless range of modifications -some big, some small- of the ideal cell as conceived by Fop Ottenhof in 1974.

Kleiburg Mutations shows the permutations of the two main unit types: a dynamic sequence of the varying positions of rooms, kitchens and bathrooms including the types and positions of facade elements as far as we could track them down (not all information is available, so some units remain a mystery: )

Click GIF to enlarge

Public Space: vocalize your rights

October 1, 2020

The roof of Forum Groningen proofs to be ‘public space’: the square on top has been occupied by the Youth Orchestra to protest against budget cuts!

“Public spaces have often been valorized as democratic spaces of congregation and political participation, where groups can vocalize their rights”. Caves, R. W. (2004). Encyclopedia of the City. Routledge. p. 549. (Wikipedia)
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Image: Phillip Pruim @oogtv
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#haydnjeugdstrijkorkest
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#publicspace #publicsquare #rooftop #kulturgebirge

Glocken Spiel

September 18, 2020
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In the framework of the renovation of the space under the elevated highway A8 in Koog aan de Zaan several art projects were proposed. Glocken Spiel was not executed at the time. But why not?
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It can still be implemented. The Highway A8 was build right through the heart of town separating Church and City Hall in an absolutely radical way. Since the revitalization was about ‘connection and separation’ (as was the original viaduct: ) the attempt was to establish a new relationship between the freeway and the church. About 3000 cars pass every hour. If we place a sensor on the road counting the vehicles and hook it up with the steeple, the church bells could ring according to the traffic intensity. An acoustic signal after every 1000 cars passed. This would enable a new sense of time. Pulsating with the rhythm of congestion.
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With @vincentringoir
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