Friday April 5, 2013 Presentations Rotterdam Charrette

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Today marked the final day of the Netherlands portion of Cities on Water, and was also presentation day for the Rotterdam charrette designs. Held at AORTA Architecture Center in Utrecht, two four-person groups… Continue reading

Thursday April 4, 2013 Day 4 Rotterdam Charrette

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Another day of design and production in Utrecht. Today students focused on completing designs and structuring digital presentations. Landscape architects Livina Tummers and Boudewijn Almekinders were on hand to assist in clarifying each… Continue reading

Wednesday April 3, 2013 Day 3 Rotterdam Charrette

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Integrating site, citizen, and climate change information into a master plan was the task for today. The two groups sifted down through their understanding of dutch water management and design elements, chosing the… Continue reading

Tuesday April 2, 2013 Day 2 Rotterdam Charrette

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Nate Bond,  Elissa Brown, Ryan Coates, Stephanie Erwin “More boats!” Today we headed back to Rotterdam and jumped on the Aqualiner for a return visit to the RDM campus and Heijplaat. A refresher:… Continue reading

Monday April 1, 2013 Day 1 Rotterdam Charrette

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Today we began the Rotterdam charrette week with a water tour of the transect from Dordrecht to the port of Rotterdam. For this week’s charrette, students will be exploring the design of multifunctional… Continue reading

Friday March 29, 2013 Presentations Marker Wadden Charrette

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Today we traveled to the Natuurmonumenten headquarters in ‘s-Graveland to present the Marker Wadden charrette design work from the week. We had beautiful weather and a great audience. Natuurmonumenten folks working on the… Continue reading

Thursday March 28, 2013 Day 5 Marker Wadden Charrette

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Today was a production day. The students worked in Utrecht, transferring their design ideas to presentation boards. Each team has two A0 boards (roughly 47″ x 33″) to fill with context information, a… Continue reading

Wednesday March 27, 2013 Day 4 Marker Wadden Charrette

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Today groups focused on finishing their master plans and developing a storyboard for their presentation layout. It was also moving day, as we worked in the morning in Lelystad, then traveled by train… Continue reading

Tuesday March 26, 2013 Day 3 Marker Wadden Charrette

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  Ryan Coates, Stephanie Erwin For the second day of the Markerwadden design charrette, we were charged with becoming more spatial with our concept. It took several scale exercises, pacing out meters in… Continue reading

Monday March 25, 2013 Day 2 Marker Wadden Charrette

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  Elissa Brown, Stephen Himmerich Today we dove into the designing the first island of the MarkerWadden, beginning with focusing in on a leading design motive, choosing the values we are aiming to… Continue reading

Sunday March 24, 2013 Day 1 Marker Wadden Charrette

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  Making a Balanced Ecology out of an Incomplete Decision by Cynthia Lapp Traveling from Utrecht to Lelystad this morning marked the beginning of the MarkerWadden charrette week with the MLA students. Together… Continue reading

THURSDAY MARCH 21, 2013 Waterschap Zuiderzeeland + Noordostpolder

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by John Briel For the urban planners, our tour of Nordoostpolder, and all its interesting components, marked the final day of our Cities on the Water experience. So with sunny skies and bittersweet… Continue reading

WEDNESDAY MARCH 20, 2013 Almere

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by Solange Guillaume Pretend that you are a region starting from scratch—that you are not only making the buildings but you are making infrastructure that will connect to other cities, providing entertainment and… Continue reading

TUESDAY MARCH 19, 2013 ProRail Tour Utrecht, Op Hees, Bilthoven

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by Eric Gunderson The Netherlands has had a long tradition of mega projects that have reshaped the country’s infrastructure. We began the day by hearing the city of Utrecht’s plans for its massive… Continue reading

MONDAY MARCH 18, 2013 Eindhoven

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by Georgia Rubenstein Nondescript towers and concrete superstructures – those were the views that some of us anticipated being met with upon our Monday morning arrival in Eindhoven. We knew that the city… Continue reading

SATURDAY MARCH 16, 2013 Individual Exploration

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Bijlmer: a 20th Century Dutch ghetto by Stephanie Erwin Amsterdam, with a history of housing shortages, started developing satellite city districts to accommodate the growing population after WWII. Amsterdam annexed the Bijlmerpolder in… Continue reading

FRIDAY MARCH 15, 2013 Tiengemeten

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Planning for Nature? by John Briel Our day began at 8:05am sharp with the charter bus departing Strowis Hostel for the ferry to Tiengemeten Island, a newly planned ecological restoration project. In keeping… Continue reading

THURSDAY MARCH 14, 2013 Rotterdam + RDM

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To define and envelop, a scale and a space. by Michael Schiebe Rotterdam is home to the largest port in Europe and fourth largest in the world. It bustles with a busy morning… Continue reading

WEDNESDAY MARCH 13, 2013 Eastern Docklands & Zwarts + Jansma Architects

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by Stephanie Erwin On the agenda today, was to visit the old district of Zeeburg in Amsterdam, now apart of Amsterdam-Oost. Formerly an industrial shipping area along the Ij, these islands have been… Continue reading

TUESDAY MARCH 12, 2013 Booming Amsterdam, Van Beuningenplein + Westergasfabriek

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Enduring attention to detail and intentional design characterized our first day in Amsterdam. by Caroline Miller In the morning we visited the Amsterdam Museum Archives (Stadsarchief) for the “Booming Amsterdam” exhibit on the… Continue reading

MONDAY MARCH 11, 2013 Polder Tour

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Time and Tradition by Ryan Coates When does the span of time intersect with the perception of age of a landscape? In discussion today of change in the Dutch landscape, what becomes apparent… Continue reading

Sunday March 10, 2013 Utrecht Walking Tour

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by Elissa Brown Today was the official start of our Cities on Water experience! After spending a few days in the Netherlands, I’ve gotten somewhat accustomed to the feeling of enclosure and density… Continue reading

Saturday March 09, 2013 Assembling in Utrecht

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by Cynthia Lapp Students are assembling in Utrecht for our class start tomorrow, Sunday March 10. Made up of 12 graduate Landscape Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning students, plus instructors Vincent deBritto… Continue reading