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The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

Build4People Exhibition 2020: Green Buildings and Sustainable Neighbourhoods

 

Exhibition Aims and Rationale

 

Aims:

 

The exhibition is a tangible product raising awareness on the topic of green buildings and sustainable neighbourhoods.

 

The exhibition provides information in an accessible format with easy-to-understand language, many graphic visualisations and photos to reach out to a wide public.

 

The main target group for this exhibition are end-consumers in Cambodia, architects, construction and engineering companies, developer enterprises and institutions of higher education.

 

Presentation of first ideas how to apply those to Cambodia.

 

Manufacturing of the exhibits in a portable form because the aim is to do a touring exhibition which shall be shown at as many locations as possible in Cambodia.

 

Rationale:

 

Highly dynamic urbanisation is giving rise to more resource-intensive lifestyles, going along with new values and life concepts being formed, with new aspirations and new possibilities are set into place.

 

Therefore, the development towards a modern consumer society in urban Cambodia strongly affects the way buildings are designed, built and operated.

 

All in all, the potential to promote climate-adapted architecture, energy efficient and healthy buildings and sustainable neighbourhoods is far from ex-hausted.

 

Implementing green buildings and sustainable neighbourhoods will reduce energy costs - which are the among the highest in the region - but it will also contribute to an overall higher urban quality of life through increased thermal comfort, better access to urban green as well as improved indoor and outdoor air quality.

 

Part 1: Science Posters

 

They introduce general principles of sustainability from a multi-disciplinary team which are based on different policy fields such as urban green, urban climate, buildings, neighbourhood development or urban transformation.

 

Part 2: Case Study Posters

 

The 1st edition of the Build4People exhibition focuses on examples from Germany and Europe. This is because the Germany’s building sector has been the most successful policy field in terms of achieving sustainability goals, by far. In comparison to the level of 1990, greenhouse gas emissions in Germany could be reduced by 44% till 2018 in this sector.

 

Part 3: Introducing DGNB

 

Europe‘s biggest network for sustainable building

 

Acknowledgement:

 

The development of the Build4People exhibition was supported by funds from the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the context of the research project “Build4People: Sustainable Buildings for People – Enhancing Urban Quality of Life in Cambodia”. This is part of the BMBF funding programme “Sustainable Development of Urban

Regions”.

 

Curator of the Build4People Exhibition “Green Buildings and Sustainable Neighbourhoods”:

 

EMP Eble Messerschmidt Partner

Architects and Urban Planners PartGmbB

Berliner Ring 47a, 72076 Tübingen, Germany

www.eble-architektur.de

CEO: Rolf Messerschmidt

Curator Team: Oliver Lambrecht, Marcelo R. Leyton,

Petra Messerschmidt

   

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

  

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

Frame Vernacular, eclectic. Two and one-half stories. Purdy Villa embodies the late 19th century eclectic tendency to adapt architectural forms freely, as the house is built in the Georgian foursquare form and incorporates elements of the neo-Classical, Queen Anne, and Italianate styles. The home was built with two internal bathrooms, an unusual feature for 1883.

  

1875-1899

 

"drive-by shooting"

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The self-erecting Air-Hall when fully deployed.

 

Haarlemmerstraat , Amsterdam, the Netherlands

 

The Posthoornkerk is a building of more than just national importance. When first constructed, Cuypers' first church in Amsterdam attracted the attention of Ecclesiologists and theorists worldwide, partly for his use of structural polychromy, but more presciently for the fact that he designed it with galleries above the aisles. In fact he uses double galleries - architecturally a double-tribune, or triforium - to gain maximum seating capacity in a church constructed on a very tight site with constricted ground-plan. Given the that Pugin had railed AGAINST the use of galleries, and this rallying cry had been taken up by the Gothic Revivalists almost without question, their acceptance and rehabilitation is all the more remarkable, and is a sign of the high esteem that Cuypers was quickly held in by the major players in the Revival.

 

He uses a cloverleaf plan for the eastern portions of the church, with transepts and sanctuary being of equal length and ending in polygonal apses. This plan-form is a resurrection of a type common in Germanic Romanesque, and it is highly significant that one of Cuypers' first major works was the restoration of the late Romanesque Munsterkerk in Roermond, which also has a cloverleaf plan about the crossing. He crowns the crossing with a spiky octagonal tower and spire, internally rising on squinches. Originally this was the only tower on the church. He was called back later by the parish to extend the building westwards, where he added a western transept crowned by twin towers - again, topped with his characteristic spiky timber spires encircled by a gallery towards the apex. This western facade, the only one easily visible on a building that is very hemmed in on all sides, suggests all the height that the church possesses, for it is a very tall building internally and rises magnificently through arcade, two levels of galleries and clerestory to a typical Cuypers ribbed vault of brick.

 

The decline of religious observance in the Netherlands in the sixties and seventies meant that the Catholic Church was left with a huge legacy of vast buildings with no real means of maintaining them. Of Cuypers' six churches in Amsterdam, three met their fate at the hands of the wrecking ball - the Maria Magdalenakerk, a building of exceptional skill and highly original plan was demolished in 1968; the cathedralesque Sint Willibrordus buiten der Veste, his largest church and never completed, came down in 1970, and the church known as 'De Liefde' (not his best work, and finished off hastily and omitting the intended western tower) was bulldozed as late as 1990. So the survival of the Posthoornkerk, like that of the Vondelkerk, is most fortunate. Deconsecrated in 1976 it was threatened with demolition until architect Joop Stigt came along with his successful scheme in which the galleries were enclosed with glass screens to form office space, and the western portion of the nave was similarly treated. This has ensured that the major volume of the building remains as designed, and it is now available for hire for various functions. It is an exemplary piece of adaptive architecture.

 

Caption kindly written by my friend Rob Robinson (Bear and Rabbit) who alerted me to the work of Pierre Cuypers

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

Haarlemmerstraat , Amsterdam, the Netherlands

 

The Posthoornkerk is a building of more than just national importance. When first constructed, Cuypers' first church in Amsterdam attracted the attention of Ecclesiologists and theorists worldwide, partly for his use of structural polychromy, but more presciently for the fact that he designed it with galleries above the aisles. In fact he uses double galleries - architecturally a double-tribune, or triforium - to gain maximum seating capacity in a church constructed on a very tight site with constricted ground-plan. Given the that Pugin had railed AGAINST the use of galleries, and this rallying cry had been taken up by the Gothic Revivalists almost without question, their acceptance and rehabilitation is all the more remarkable, and is a sign of the high esteem that Cuypers was quickly held in by the major players in the Revival.

 

He uses a cloverleaf plan for the eastern portions of the church, with transepts and sanctuary being of equal length and ending in polygonal apses. This plan-form is a resurrection of a type common in Germanic Romanesque, and it is highly significant that one of Cuypers' first major works was the restoration of the late Romanesque Munsterkerk in Roermond, which also has a cloverleaf plan about the crossing. He crowns the crossing with a spiky octagonal tower and spire, internally rising on squinches. Originally this was the only tower on the church. He was called back later by the parish to extend the building westwards, where he added a western transept crowned by twin towers - again, topped with his characteristic spiky timber spires encircled by a gallery towards the apex. This western facade, the only one easily visible on a building that is very hemmed in on all sides, suggests all the height that the church possesses, for it is a very tall building internally and rises magnificently through arcade, two levels of galleries and clerestory to a typical Cuypers ribbed vault of brick.

 

The decline of religious observance in the Netherlands in the sixties and seventies meant that the Catholic Church was left with a huge legacy of vast buildings with no real means of maintaining them. Of Cuypers' six churches in Amsterdam, three met their fate at the hands of the wrecking ball - the Maria Magdalenakerk, a building of exceptional skill and highly original plan was demolished in 1968; the cathedralesque Sint Willibrordus buiten der Veste, his largest church and never completed, came down in 1970, and the church known as 'De Liefde' (not his best work, and finished off hastily and omitting the intended western tower) was bulldozed as late as 1990. So the survival of the Posthoornkerk, like that of the Vondelkerk, is most fortunate. Deconsecrated in 1976 it was threatened with demolition until architect Joop Stigt came along with his successful scheme in which the galleries were enclosed with glass screens to form office space, and the western portion of the nave was similarly treated. This has ensured that the major volume of the building remains as designed, and it is now available for hire for various functions. It is an exemplary piece of adaptive architecture.

 

Caption kindly written by my friend Rob Robinson (Bear and Rabbit) who alerted me to the work of Pierre Cuypers

detail of the main doorway

Haarlemmerstraat , Amsterdam, the Netherlands

 

The Posthoornkerk is a building of more than just national importance. When first constructed, Cuypers' first church in Amsterdam attracted the attention of Ecclesiologists and theorists worldwide, partly for his use of structural polychromy, but more presciently for the fact that he designed it with galleries above the aisles. In fact he uses double galleries - architecturally a double-tribune, or triforium - to gain maximum seating capacity in a church constructed on a very tight site with constricted ground-plan. Given the that Pugin had railed AGAINST the use of galleries, and this rallying cry had been taken up by the Gothic Revivalists almost without question, their acceptance and rehabilitation is all the more remarkable, and is a sign of the high esteem that Cuypers was quickly held in by the major players in the Revival.

 

He uses a cloverleaf plan for the eastern portions of the church, with transepts and sanctuary being of equal length and ending in polygonal apses. This plan-form is a resurrection of a type common in Germanic Romanesque, and it is highly significant that one of Cuypers' first major works was the restoration of the late Romanesque Munsterkerk in Roermond, which also has a cloverleaf plan about the crossing. He crowns the crossing with a spiky octagonal tower and spire, internally rising on squinches. Originally this was the only tower on the church. He was called back later by the parish to extend the building westwards, where he added a western transept crowned by twin towers - again, topped with his characteristic spiky timber spires encircled by a gallery towards the apex. This western facade, the only one easily visible on a building that is very hemmed in on all sides, suggests all the height that the church possesses, for it is a very tall building internally and rises magnificently through arcade, two levels of galleries and clerestory to a typical Cuypers ribbed vault of brick.

 

The decline of religious observance in the Netherlands in the sixties and seventies meant that the Catholic Church was left with a huge legacy of vast buildings with no real means of maintaining them. Of Cuypers' six churches in Amsterdam, three met their fate at the hands of the wrecking ball - the Maria Magdalenakerk, a building of exceptional skill and highly original plan was demolished in 1968; the cathedralesque Sint Willibrordus buiten der Veste, his largest church and never completed, came down in 1970, and the church known as 'De Liefde' (not his best work, and finished off hastily and omitting the intended western tower) was bulldozed as late as 1990. So the survival of the Posthoornkerk, like that of the Vondelkerk, is most fortunate. Deconsecrated in 1976 it was threatened with demolition until architect Joop Stigt came along with his successful scheme in which the galleries were enclosed with glass screens to form office space, and the western portion of the nave was similarly treated. This has ensured that the major volume of the building remains as designed, and it is now available for hire for various functions. It is an exemplary piece of adaptive architecture.

 

Caption kindly written by my friend Rob Robinson (Bear and Rabbit) who alerted me to the work of Pierre Cuypers

 

detail of the sculpture above the main doorway

Haarlemmerstraat , Amsterdam, the Netherlands

 

The Posthoornkerk is a building of more than just national importance. When first constructed, Cuypers' first church in Amsterdam attracted the attention of Ecclesiologists and theorists worldwide, partly for his use of structural polychromy, but more presciently for the fact that he designed it with galleries above the aisles. In fact he uses double galleries - architecturally a double-tribune, or triforium - to gain maximum seating capacity in a church constructed on a very tight site with constricted ground-plan. Given the that Pugin had railed AGAINST the use of galleries, and this rallying cry had been taken up by the Gothic Revivalists almost without question, their acceptance and rehabilitation is all the more remarkable, and is a sign of the high esteem that Cuypers was quickly held in by the major players in the Revival.

 

He uses a cloverleaf plan for the eastern portions of the church, with transepts and sanctuary being of equal length and ending in polygonal apses. This plan-form is a resurrection of a type common in Germanic Romanesque, and it is highly significant that one of Cuypers' first major works was the restoration of the late Romanesque Munsterkerk in Roermond, which also has a cloverleaf plan about the crossing. He crowns the crossing with a spiky octagonal tower and spire, internally rising on squinches. Originally this was the only tower on the church. He was called back later by the parish to extend the building westwards, where he added a western transept crowned by twin towers - again, topped with his characteristic spiky timber spires encircled by a gallery towards the apex. This western facade, the only one easily visible on a building that is very hemmed in on all sides, suggests all the height that the church possesses, for it is a very tall building internally and rises magnificently through arcade, two levels of galleries and clerestory to a typical Cuypers ribbed vault of brick.

 

The decline of religious observance in the Netherlands in the sixties and seventies meant that the Catholic Church was left with a huge legacy of vast buildings with no real means of maintaining them. Of Cuypers' six churches in Amsterdam, three met their fate at the hands of the wrecking ball - the Maria Magdalenakerk, a building of exceptional skill and highly original plan was demolished in 1968; the cathedralesque Sint Willibrordus buiten der Veste, his largest church and never completed, came down in 1970, and the church known as 'De Liefde' (not his best work, and finished off hastily and omitting the intended western tower) was bulldozed as late as 1990. So the survival of the Posthoornkerk, like that of the Vondelkerk, is most fortunate. Deconsecrated in 1976 it was threatened with demolition until architect Joop Stigt came along with his successful scheme in which the galleries were enclosed with glass screens to form office space, and the western portion of the nave was similarly treated. This has ensured that the major volume of the building remains as designed, and it is now available for hire for various functions. It is an exemplary piece of adaptive architecture.

 

Caption kindly written by my friend Rob Robinson (Bear and Rabbit) who alerted me to the work of Pierre Cuypers

BRANDING A BETTER WORLD

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

The “Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies” exhibition is the result of the ongoing technological surveillance task of Materfad, the Materials Centre of Barcelona. Materfad seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.

 

These contemporary works and projects associated with materials, sensitive systems and articulated mediums allow us to imagine the functionalities that can be made available, from smart and flexible architecture to a reactive garment.

The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and the lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space according to a person’s body, movements or even emotions are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of this exhibition.

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