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Europe, Netherlands, Rotterdam, Heer Bokelweg, End wall of a school, OZON, street art (slightly cut from all sides)

 

OZON (A Rotterdam based street artist) at work at the Heer Bokelweg. The work is part of the Street Art Route. He states the following about this piece: “The painting stems from a sculpture I made in America for a sanitary factory. The sculpture consisted of a crumpled sink. I took that image as a starting point, and the result is a painting in which you can see several things. I don't use the terms urban art, graffiti street art for what I do. I call it art.” . Considering the 'Werdegang' of graffiti, a significant statement. About the phenomenon:

 

Graffiti…borne out of youth culture, pubescent angst, ennui, alienation from the faceless functionalist city, protest and urban tribal culture. It was disapproved of and mostly forbidden. Its status rose, and the name was changed in 'street art' after it found its way into the traditional art scene (museum and galleries) here, becoming a commercial commodity and was used as a strategy by the youth & community service (stimulating street art as a creative and participatory activity that empowers while creating dedicated street art walls and zones) here. (Yes, broad and coarse brush strokes here).

 

1000 of litres of cleansing agent and scores of specialist graffiti removal vehicles are still used to remove it from unwanted places. And the process of institutionalization goes on. There are, for instance, art festivals where street art is at the core, like PowWow here.

 

And the city bureaucracies use it as livability enhancing urban strategy, turning ungainly blind side facades and ugly urban structures into artworks and cooperating with street artists to do that – also to use the tribal culture of the street art world to keep unwanted graffiti (like tags) from them, in the hope taggers etc. respect these elaborated works as to be treasured products of their tribe.

 

The not institutionalized / encapsulated contemporary street art scene can, by the way, partly be seen as an element of modern protest culture (anti-globalist, for instance). A good example is Brandalism (Banksy coined and practices it). It's a movement that seeks to deface or alter the corporate urban commercial iconography like advertising.

 

This is number 48 of the the Graffiti / Street art album and 947 of Minimalism / explicit Graphism.

  

Europe, Netherlands, Zuid Holland, Rotterdam Zuid, Subway, RET transformation station, Graffiti artist, Scaffolding, Street art in the making (cut from L,R & T)

 

Graffiti…borne out of youth culture, pubescent angst, ennui, alienation from the faceless functionalist city, protest and urban tribal culture. It was disapproved of and mostly forbidden. Its status rose, and the name was changed in 'street art' after it found its way into the traditional art scene (museum and galleries) here, becoming a commercial commodity and was used as a strategy by the youth & community service (stimulating street art as a creative and participatory activity that empowers while creating dedicated street art walls and zones) here. (Yes, broad and coarse brush strokes here).

 

1000 of litres of cleansing agent and scores of specialist graffiti removal vehicles are still used to remove it from unwanted places. And the process of institutionalization goes on. There are, for instance, art festivals where street art is at the core, like PowWow here.

 

And the city bureaucracies use it as livability enhancing urban strategy, turning ungainly blind side facades and ugly urban structures into artworks and cooperating with street artists to do that – also to use the tribal culture of the street art world to keep unwanted graffiti (like tags) from them, in the hope taggers etc. respect these elaborated works as to be treasured products of their tribe.

 

The street artwork in progress here is near the last stretch of the aboveground RET subway line before it descends with a big swerve to the underground Wilhelminaplein station). It's an example of street art as an urban strategy - the graffiti artist is wearing a safety jacket of the owner of the building (a transformation station of the Rotterdam municipal public transport company RET), and the RET also provided the transport of the scaffolding.

 

In the BG is an example of recent unwanted street art, probably one of the reasons why the RET ‘commissioned’ the wanted street art project shown here.

 

The not institutionalized / encapsulated contemporary street art scene can, by the way, partly be seen as an element of modern protest culture (anti-globalist, for instance). A good example is Brandalism (Banksy coined and practices it). It's a movement that seeks to deface or alter the corporate urban commercial iconography like advertising.

 

By the way: the line play is not as strict as you can expect from me. The office building in the background, the RET building and the scaffolding were are all at different angles, and it made no sense aligning them.

 

This is number 46 of the the Graffiti / Street art album and 946 of Minimalism / explicit Graphism.

 

The 22 storey Calypso building by Alsop Architects and Van Der Laan Bouma Architekten BV is a short walk from Centraal Station. It offers plenty of opportunites for shots like this.

 

Click here for more shots of Rotterdam : www.flickr.com/photos/darrellg/albums/72157700872931264

 

From SkyscraperCenter.com : "The Calypso building is a component of the Rotterdam Central urban strategy scheme. The development of this site afforded the opportunity to establish the beginnings of a quality public realm on the Westersingel leading from the station, the desired "cultural route" of the city. The development accommodates 407 apartments, a retail area, commercial space and a church. The faceted group of towers, with the more rotund, copper-clad Pauluskerk nestling against it, is like a collection of crystalline rocks, punched into which are sheltered external spaces, which are generous enough to be used properly, and integrated into the internal planning so as to form an extension of the living spaces.

 

The quality of the public areas in particular have been considered, with a two-tiered circulation space below the residential buildings; the lower below the transparent pavement of the upper, and connecting directly with car parking. Consultation and workshop exercises with the community of Pauluskerk in particular, were central to the development of the design."

 

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The colourful 22 storey Calypso building by Alsop Architects and Van Der Laan Bouma Architekten BV is a short walk from Centraal Station. Even on a dull day it offers plenty of opportunites for shots like this.

 

Click here for more shots of Rotterdam : www.flickr.com/photos/darrellg/albums/72157700872931264

 

From SkyscraperCenter.com : "The Calypso building is a component of the Rotterdam Central urban strategy scheme. The development of this site afforded the opportunity to establish the beginnings of a quality public realm on the Westersingel leading from the station, the desired "cultural route" of the city. The development accommodates 407 apartments, a retail area, commercial space and a church. The faceted group of towers, with the more rotund, copper-clad Pauluskerk nestling against it, is like a collection of crystalline rocks, punched into which are sheltered external spaces, which are generous enough to be used properly, and integrated into the internal planning so as to form an extension of the living spaces.

 

The quality of the public areas in particular have been considered, with a two-tiered circulation space below the residential buildings; the lower below the transparent pavement of the upper, and connecting directly with car parking. Consultation and workshop exercises with the community of Pauluskerk in particular, were central to the development of the design."

 

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The colourful 22 storey Calypso building by Alsop Architects and Van Der Laan Bouma Architekten BV is a short walk from Centraal Station. Even on a dull day it offers plenty of opportunites for shots like this.

 

Click here for more shots of Rotterdam : www.flickr.com/photos/darrellg/albums/72157700872931264

 

From SkyscraperCenter.com : "The Calypso building is a component of the Rotterdam Central urban strategy scheme. The development of this site afforded the opportunity to establish the beginnings of a quality public realm on the Westersingel leading from the station, the desired "cultural route" of the city. The development accommodates 407 apartments, a retail area, commercial space and a church. The faceted group of towers, with the more rotund, copper-clad Pauluskerk nestling against it, is like a collection of crystalline rocks, punched into which are sheltered external spaces, which are generous enough to be used properly, and integrated into the internal planning so as to form an extension of the living spaces.

 

The quality of the public areas in particular have been considered, with a two-tiered circulation space below the residential buildings; the lower below the transparent pavement of the upper, and connecting directly with car parking. Consultation and workshop exercises with the community of Pauluskerk in particular, were central to the development of the design."

 

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The colourful 22 storey Calypso building by Alsop Architects and Van Der Laan Bouma Architekten BV is a short walk from Centraal Station. Even on a dull day it offers plenty of opportunites for shots like this.

 

Click here for more shots of Rotterdam : www.flickr.com/photos/darrellg/albums/72157700872931264

 

From SkyscraperCenter.com : "The Calypso building is a component of the Rotterdam Central urban strategy scheme. The development of this site afforded the opportunity to establish the beginnings of a quality public realm on the Westersingel leading from the station, the desired "cultural route" of the city. The development accommodates 407 apartments, a retail area, commercial space and a church. The faceted group of towers, with the more rotund, copper-clad Pauluskerk nestling against it, is like a collection of crystalline rocks, punched into which are sheltered external spaces, which are generous enough to be used properly, and integrated into the internal planning so as to form an extension of the living spaces.

 

The quality of the public areas in particular have been considered, with a two-tiered circulation space below the residential buildings; the lower below the transparent pavement of the upper, and connecting directly with car parking. Consultation and workshop exercises with the community of Pauluskerk in particular, were central to the development of the design."

 

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The Esplanade (Calatrava) that gives access to the Olympic facilities of Athens (OAKA)

The colourful 22 storey Calypso building by Alsop Architects and Van Der Laan Bouma Architekten BV is a short walk from Centraal Station. Here the semi-reflective facade is picking up the colours from the setting sun.

 

Click here for more shots of Rotterdam : www.flickr.com/photos/darrellg/albums/72157700872931264

 

From SkyscraperCenter.com : "The Calypso building is a component of the Rotterdam Central urban strategy scheme. The development of this site afforded the opportunity to establish the beginnings of a quality public realm on the Westersingel leading from the station, the desired "cultural route" of the city. The development accommodates 407 apartments, a retail area, commercial space and a church. The faceted group of towers, with the more rotund, copper-clad Pauluskerk nestling against it, is like a collection of crystalline rocks, punched into which are sheltered external spaces, which are generous enough to be used properly, and integrated into the internal planning so as to form an extension of the living spaces.

 

The quality of the public areas in particular have been considered, with a two-tiered circulation space below the residential buildings; the lower below the transparent pavement of the upper, and connecting directly with car parking. Consultation and workshop exercises with the community of Pauluskerk in particular, were central to the development of the design."

 

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The 22 storey Calypso building by Alsop Architects and Van Der Laan Bouma Architekten BV is a short walk from Centraal Station. Here the semi-reflective facade is picking up the colours from the setting sun.

 

Click here for more shots of Rotterdam : www.flickr.com/photos/darrellg/albums/72157700872931264

 

From SkyscraperCenter.com : "The Calypso building is a component of the Rotterdam Central urban strategy scheme. The development of this site afforded the opportunity to establish the beginnings of a quality public realm on the Westersingel leading from the station, the desired "cultural route" of the city. The development accommodates 407 apartments, a retail area, commercial space and a church. The faceted group of towers, with the more rotund, copper-clad Pauluskerk nestling against it, is like a collection of crystalline rocks, punched into which are sheltered external spaces, which are generous enough to be used properly, and integrated into the internal planning so as to form an extension of the living spaces.

 

The quality of the public areas in particular have been considered, with a two-tiered circulation space below the residential buildings; the lower below the transparent pavement of the upper, and connecting directly with car parking. Consultation and workshop exercises with the community of Pauluskerk in particular, were central to the development of the design."

 

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Europe, Netherlands, Rotterdam, Centre, Luchtsingel-Roundabout (ZUS), Pedestrians (cut from T)

 

The Luchtsingel is an interesting project that counteracts the detrimental effects that the combination of modernist urban planning (with its rigorous segregation of work, living and commercial functions) and chronic high levels of vacancy of office buildings and anonymous space (the location of the demolished Hofplein station) have on the liveability and vitality of the northern part of the centre of Rotterdam.

 

It offers a circuit of elevated walkways that passes through the Schieblock, crosses a major road and a railroad to offer the pedestrian new ways to discover the city, help them to avoid the anonymous and sometime unsafe existing urban ground level. And it forms a connection between emerging cultural hotspots in the Rotterdam Central and Noord areas.

 

The Luchtsingel is conceived and designed by: ZUS. Funding: the municipality of Rotterdam and crowd sourcing / crowd funding. For 25 € people could and can buy planks on which the name of the buyer is printed (as can be seen in this capture).

 

The walkway currently consists of two unconnected sections. The first one passes thru the Schieblock and crosses the Schiekade and is shown here here and here .

Shown here is second part. It consists of a roundabout, two access stairs and a bridge that crosses the 4 tracks of the Rotterdam-Dordecht main railway line. Kids already discovered it. It's on the site of the demolished part of the Hofplein railway station. In BG on the right is the housing of the Heliport quarter, because of the roofs also known as ‘Klein Volendam’. It was the location of the terminal of the Rotterdam-Antwerp-Brussels helicopter service (1953-1965, operated by Sabena), hence its name.

 

The two missing sections of the Luchtsingel will be installed within a few months. One will connect the section that crosses the Schiekade to the new roundabout / bridge section . The other will connect the roundabout / bridge section to the Hofpleinviaduct a new cultural hotspot and elevated park to be, which started its life as the not demolished part of the former Hofplein railway station and the adjacent former elevated Hofplein railway line (1908-2006).

 

The Luchtsingel is an urban renewal ‘light’ project, intervening before demolition and total redevelopment are the only options left. It's pic # 122 of my Urban Frontiers album.

 

Germany, Berlin, Potsdammer Platz, Sony Centre, Brauhaus Lindenbräu, staircase, customer.

 

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I'm not entirely sure the attempt to break up the bulk of the Calypso building in Rotterdam by using different colour and shapes works but it certainly makes it a worthwhile photographic subject.

 

The previously uploaded square format cropped image gives no impression of the fowm so although it's a stronger shot photographically I thought I should upload this one which gives a more accurate impression of the building.

 

Click here for more shots of Rotterdam : www.flickr.com/photos/darrellg/albums/72157700872931264

 

From SkyscraperCenter.com : "The Calypso building is a component of the Rotterdam Central urban strategy scheme. The development of this site afforded the opportunity to establish the beginnings of a quality public realm on the Westersingel leading from the station, the desired "cultural route" of the city. The development accommodates 407 apartments, a retail area, commercial space and a church. The faceted group of towers, with the more rotund, copper-clad Pauluskerk nestling against it, is like a collection of crystalline rocks, punched into which are sheltered external spaces, which are generous enough to be used properly, and integrated into the internal planning so as to form an extension of the living spaces.

 

The quality of the public areas in particular have been considered, with a two-tiered circulation space below the residential buildings; the lower below the transparent pavement of the upper, and connecting directly with car parking. Consultation and workshop exercises with the community of Pauluskerk in particular, were central to the development of the design."

 

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Netherlands, Rotterdam, Kop van Zuid, HilleKop, Zuidersterlokatie, Decontructie, Groosman & partners architecten, Builder.

(for the Six word story group ) (Urban Frontiers 60)

 

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I'm not entirely sure the attempt to break up the bulk of the Calypso building in Rotterdam by using different colour and shapes works but it certainly makes it a worthwhile photographic subject.

 

Click here for more shots of Rotterdam : www.flickr.com/photos/darrellg/albums/72157700872931264

 

From SkyscraperCenter.com : "The Calypso building is a component of the Rotterdam Central urban strategy scheme. The development of this site afforded the opportunity to establish the beginnings of a quality public realm on the Westersingel leading from the station, the desired "cultural route" of the city. The development accommodates 407 apartments, a retail area, commercial space and a church. The faceted group of towers, with the more rotund, copper-clad Pauluskerk nestling against it, is like a collection of crystalline rocks, punched into which are sheltered external spaces, which are generous enough to be used properly, and integrated into the internal planning so as to form an extension of the living spaces.

 

The quality of the public areas in particular have been considered, with a two-tiered circulation space below the residential buildings; the lower below the transparent pavement of the upper, and connecting directly with car parking. Consultation and workshop exercises with the community of Pauluskerk in particular, were central to the development of the design."

 

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Calatarava added a roof to the existing Veledrome and thru this it was radically transformed. Aonther 'signature' job of the Spanish engineer-architect.

 

The Velodrome roof structure is composed of two 45 metre high arches, weighing 4,000 tons, from which the glass and steel roof is hanging. It provides seating for 5,250 spectators with a 250 m track, banking up to 42º.

 

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(Parc de la Villette : /Parc de la Villette)

La Geode is an IMAX film theatre equipped with a hemispheric screen of 1000 m2.

It was designed by Adrien Fainsilber and Gérard Chamayou (engineering), Its diameter is 36 and the outer shell consists of 6433 triangular stainless steel elements. Reflected in the Geode you can see the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie : www.cite-sciences.fr/english/indexFLASH.htm

 

Berlin Hbf, architect: Meinhard von Gerkan.

In depth info about this cathedrale of mobility is here

 

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The Olympic Stadium was originally built in 1980-1982 for the European Athletics Championship and was extensively renovated for the 2004 games including a Calatrava designed roof of laminated glass, composed of a pair of bent "leaves," capable of reflecting up to 90% of the sunlight. These leaves are suspended from two giant "Calatrava trademark" arcs with a span of over 300 meters.

 

The stadium hosted both the Opening Ceremony on August 13, 2004, and the Closing Ceremony on August 29, 2004. The stadium's record attendance is 74,473 but it was configured to seat 72,000 during the Olympics.

 

The preparations for an athletics championship were under way while we were strolled through the Olympic complex and were able to get in and savour this remarkable stadium from within.

 

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The Vasco da Gama mall, with the giant Homem – Sol sculpture by Jorge Vieira in front of it and the flags and pond.of the world esplanade. Captured in the evening. Magic.

I managed to loose a vital element of my tripod in my last outing with Kleiobird and Rrinie so had to do without the thing here. My love was sweet enough to lend her shoulder to provide the necessary stability for this shot.

 

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Athens, centre. Shot at the Syntagma subway station. This one is upon request from Irma.

Tunneling through Athens meant opening a very large and complex archeological excavation site. The colourful wall in the background is a large stratigraphy.

The Armada project as part of the ‘Paleiskwartier’. This has converted a former industry quarter near the railway station of Den Bosch into a living quarter. 10 remarkable apartment buildings were creaed Architect: Building Design Partnership Anthony McGuirk.

The south façade is clad with stainless steel plating, mimicking the sails of an old wildjammer. The pond covers the underground parking space. Like in’Urban Frontiers 9 – Java’ water was used to partition the space. And in both projects are echoes of the Dutch colonial past.

Another example of ‘inbreiding’.

 

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The Kerameiko trolley bus depot is covered in a number of very large street art pieces form the Sao Paulo (Brasil) artists Nunca and Os Gemeos. Works of the three of them (Os Gemeos are twin bros) is shown in the Street Art exhibition in The Tate Modern (London) form March 23 to August 25.

The detail (yes) of the piece on display here is on the facade of the bus depot on Pireaus Ave, facing Gazi-Technopolis.

 

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Rotterdam, Museumpark, NAI, Open City : Designing Coexistence exhibition a part of the Internationale Architectuur Biennale Rotterdam 2009 (uncut)

 

Shown here in the Forum is Stadt Igel - The city as inescapable self refering spherical entity – made by students of the Arrchitecture School of the University of Illinois at Chicago for Alexander Lehnerer's firm Kaisersrot.

 

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The VdG bridge indicates the end of the Parque das Nacoes in Lisbon. I never went near it and always thought about is as a kinda aloof bridge, skirting, not really touching Lisboa. This time we walked to it and the bridge proofed to be beautiful ‘anchored’. On the Lisboa side it passes a beautifully landscaped park with. to our surprise, a skate park. The for such a thing ubiquitous graffiti made the gestalt nicely urban.

 

The Vasco da Gama bridge is the second Lisboa Tejo bridge. The first Tejo bridge was captured here.

 

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Captured near the machine hall of the RDM Campus in tuindorp Heijplaat, Rotterdam. Check it out, it's a fascinating example of urban / industrial renewal and go there by Aqualiner.

 

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Belgium, Antwerp, Park Spoor Noord, Former NMBS administration building, SPTM shed. The administration building is being converted into a school and development aid centre for children and parents. The SPTM (locomotive shed) is used for public gatherings and festivities now.

 

“Park Spoor Noord. Het project staat voor het omvormen van een oud en afgeleefd spoorwegterrein tot een hedendaags, duurzaam en uitgestrekt stedelijk landschapspark met het accent op groen, licht, ruimte, ontspanning, cultuur en sport.

Het terrein meet 24 hectare (1,6 km lang) en was lange tijd eigendom van de Nationale Maatschappij van de Belgische Spoorwegen (NMBS). Sinds circa 1873 vormde deze gigantische sporenbundel een wig tussen de omliggende wijken Dam, Stuivenberg en Seefhoek.

Een eeuw lang werden er op deze industriële site talloze treinstellen geparkeerd, locomotieven onderhouden en hersteld en opleiding gegeven aan spoorarbeiders. Sinds 1998 is het gebied op het gewestplan ingekleurd als ‘zone voor stedelijke ontwikkeling’. De NMBS zette zijn activiteiten stop in 2001.”

From the website: Gemeente Antwerpen.

 

Clearly the park is still in transition and this adds lovely industrial flavour to it.

 

As an addition to the Urban Frontiers set which is about (sub-) urbanization and urban restructuring in Holland I created a new set: Urban Restructuring (World).

 

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Photos by Miller Taylor.

 

May 2016 CreativeMornings/Raleigh event (global theme: Reality) with guest speaker Jedidiah Gant.

 

Jedidiah Gant is a Digital Urbanist living in Downtown Raleigh, NC. He is currently involved in several projects focused on media strategy, creative urbanism and community engagement for New Raleigh and Myriad Media.

 

Jed comes from a design background, receiving a Bachelor of Architecture from UNC-Charlotte in 2003. Afterwards, he moved to London to work for Dutch firm Erick van Egeraat Architects. After working on design projects in Russia, the Netherlands, Spain and England, he moved to Raleigh to work for Clearscapes, an art and architecture firm based in Downtown. At Clearscapes, Jed helped design residential buildings, art centers and other projects across North Carolina, including being the lead designer of the Shimmer Wall on Raleigh’s Convention Center.

 

In 2007, he helped start the Raleigh-based news site, New Raleigh. After co-running the site for 5 years, the project began focusing on sharing information on other new media platforms. The brand has continued to grow and move from standard news articles, to opinion, urban strategy and community conversation.

 

Other urban-based projects started by Jed include the Cooke Street Carnival community street festival and urban-art catalyst Raleigh Murals Project. Serving as a member of the Raleigh Appearance Commission for the past 5 years, Jed has helped give advice for upcoming urban projects in Raleigh. As well, he has been a lead organizer for the yearly Sir Walter Raleigh Awards, which is now part of Hopscotch Design Festival for a second straight year. And, a few more projects are also in the works for the streets of Raleigh.

 

He is interested in the intersection of technology and communities, developing his Master’s New Media thesis on how Raleigh could use design thinking to create a Hybrid Media Infrastructure to improve and increased urban engagement by citizens.

 

Including his urban initiatives, Jed currently works with Myriad Media in Downtown Raleigh, doing media strategy for the firm as well as clients including the IBM Corporate Citizenship programs Smarter Cities Challenge and World Community Grid.

 

Special thanks to our host CAM Raleigh and sponsors CompostNow, Remedy, for video production, Counter Culture Coffee, who generously provided us with complimentary coffee, and Raleigh Raw, who provided the raw, organic, and cold pressed juices.

The Calypso building is a component of the Rotterdam Central urban strategy scheme. The development of this site afforded the opportunity to establish the beginnings of a quality public realm on the Westersingel leading from the station, the desired "cultural route" of the city. The development accommodates 407 apartments, a retail area, commercial space and a church. The faceted group of towers, with the more rotund, copper-clad Pauluskerk nestling against it, is like a collection of crystalline rocks, punched into which are sheltered external spaces, which are generous enough to be used properly, and integrated into the internal planning so as to form an extension of the living spaces.

 

The quality of the public areas in particular have been considered, with a two-tiered circulation space below the residential buildings; the lower below the transparent pavement of the upper, and connecting directly with car parking. Consultation and workshop exercises with the community of Pauluskerk in particular, were central to the development of the design

I'm not entirely sure the attempt to break up the bulk of the Calypso building in Rotterdam by using different colour and shapes works but it certainly makes it a worthwhile photographic subject.

 

Click here for more shots of Rotterdam : www.flickr.com/photos/darrellg/albums/72157700872931264

 

From SkyscraperCenter.com : "The Calypso building is a component of the Rotterdam Central urban strategy scheme. The development of this site afforded the opportunity to establish the beginnings of a quality public realm on the Westersingel leading from the station, the desired "cultural route" of the city. The development accommodates 407 apartments, a retail area, commercial space and a church. The faceted group of towers, with the more rotund, copper-clad Pauluskerk nestling against it, is like a collection of crystalline rocks, punched into which are sheltered external spaces, which are generous enough to be used properly, and integrated into the internal planning so as to form an extension of the living spaces.

 

The quality of the public areas in particular have been considered, with a two-tiered circulation space below the residential buildings; the lower below the transparent pavement of the upper, and connecting directly with car parking. Consultation and workshop exercises with the community of Pauluskerk in particular, were central to the development of the design."

 

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Day two of my Rotterdam trip and just a couple of the colourful Alsop Architects and Van Der Laan Bouma Architekten Calypso Building as I walk past on my way down to the waterfront.

 

Click here for more shots of Rotterdam : www.flickr.com/photos/darrellg/albums/72157700872931264

 

From SkyscraperCenter.com : "The Calypso building is a component of the Rotterdam Central urban strategy scheme. The development of this site afforded the opportunity to establish the beginnings of a quality public realm on the Westersingel leading from the station, the desired "cultural route" of the city. The development accommodates 407 apartments, a retail area, commercial space and a church. The faceted group of towers, with the more rotund, copper-clad Pauluskerk nestling against it, is like a collection of crystalline rocks, punched into which are sheltered external spaces, which are generous enough to be used properly, and integrated into the internal planning so as to form an extension of the living spaces.

 

The quality of the public areas in particular have been considered, with a two-tiered circulation space below the residential buildings; the lower below the transparent pavement of the upper, and connecting directly with car parking. Consultation and workshop exercises with the community of Pauluskerk in particular, were central to the development of the design."

 

My Website : Twitter : Facebook : Instagram : Photocrowd

 

© D.Godliman

I'm not entirely sure the attempt to break up the bulk of the Calypso building in Rotterdam by using different colour and shapes works but it certainly makes it a worthwhile photographic subject.

 

Click here for more shots of Rotterdam : www.flickr.com/photos/darrellg/albums/72157700872931264

 

From SkyscraperCenter.com : "The Calypso building is a component of the Rotterdam Central urban strategy scheme. The development of this site afforded the opportunity to establish the beginnings of a quality public realm on the Westersingel leading from the station, the desired "cultural route" of the city. The development accommodates 407 apartments, a retail area, commercial space and a church. The faceted group of towers, with the more rotund, copper-clad Pauluskerk nestling against it, is like a collection of crystalline rocks, punched into which are sheltered external spaces, which are generous enough to be used properly, and integrated into the internal planning so as to form an extension of the living spaces.

 

The quality of the public areas in particular have been considered, with a two-tiered circulation space below the residential buildings; the lower below the transparent pavement of the upper, and connecting directly with car parking. Consultation and workshop exercises with the community of Pauluskerk in particular, were central to the development of the design."

 

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I'm not entirely sure the attempt to break up the bulk of the Calypso building in Rotterdam by using different colour and shapes works but it certainly makes it a worthwhile photographic subject.

 

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From SkyscraperCenter.com : "The Calypso building is a component of the Rotterdam Central urban strategy scheme. The development of this site afforded the opportunity to establish the beginnings of a quality public realm on the Westersingel leading from the station, the desired "cultural route" of the city. The development accommodates 407 apartments, a retail area, commercial space and a church. The faceted group of towers, with the more rotund, copper-clad Pauluskerk nestling against it, is like a collection of crystalline rocks, punched into which are sheltered external spaces, which are generous enough to be used properly, and integrated into the internal planning so as to form an extension of the living spaces.

 

The quality of the public areas in particular have been considered, with a two-tiered circulation space below the residential buildings; the lower below the transparent pavement of the upper, and connecting directly with car parking. Consultation and workshop exercises with the community of Pauluskerk in particular, were central to the development of the design."

 

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The colourful 22 storey Calypso building by Alsop Architects and Van Der Laan Bouma Architekten BV is a short walk from Centraal Station. Even on a dull day it offers plenty of opportunites for shots like this.

 

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From SkyscraperCenter.com : "The Calypso building is a component of the Rotterdam Central urban strategy scheme. The development of this site afforded the opportunity to establish the beginnings of a quality public realm on the Westersingel leading from the station, the desired "cultural route" of the city. The development accommodates 407 apartments, a retail area, commercial space and a church. The faceted group of towers, with the more rotund, copper-clad Pauluskerk nestling against it, is like a collection of crystalline rocks, punched into which are sheltered external spaces, which are generous enough to be used properly, and integrated into the internal planning so as to form an extension of the living spaces.

 

The quality of the public areas in particular have been considered, with a two-tiered circulation space below the residential buildings; the lower below the transparent pavement of the upper, and connecting directly with car parking. Consultation and workshop exercises with the community of Pauluskerk in particular, were central to the development of the design."

 

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My previous upload was a square crop of this shot of the Calypso building in Rotterdam. Whilst not as strong an image I thought I should upload this to give a bit of context. Given the resoluution of modern cameras it also shows it's worth considering some quite radical crops if you spot alternative compositions when post-processing.

 

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From SkyscraperCenter.com : "The Calypso building is a component of the Rotterdam Central urban strategy scheme. The development of this site afforded the opportunity to establish the beginnings of a quality public realm on the Westersingel leading from the station, the desired "cultural route" of the city. The development accommodates 407 apartments, a retail area, commercial space and a church. The faceted group of towers, with the more rotund, copper-clad Pauluskerk nestling against it, is like a collection of crystalline rocks, punched into which are sheltered external spaces, which are generous enough to be used properly, and integrated into the internal planning so as to form an extension of the living spaces.

 

The quality of the public areas in particular have been considered, with a two-tiered circulation space below the residential buildings; the lower below the transparent pavement of the upper, and connecting directly with car parking. Consultation and workshop exercises with the community of Pauluskerk in particular, were central to the development of the design."

 

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© D.Godliman

The colourful 22 storey Calypso building by Alsop Architects and Van Der Laan Bouma Architekten BV is a short walk from Centraal Station. Even on a dull day it offers plenty of opportunites for shots like this.

 

Click here for more shots of Rotterdam : www.flickr.com/photos/darrellg/albums/72157700872931264

 

From SkyscraperCenter.com : "The Calypso building is a component of the Rotterdam Central urban strategy scheme. The development of this site afforded the opportunity to establish the beginnings of a quality public realm on the Westersingel leading from the station, the desired "cultural route" of the city. The development accommodates 407 apartments, a retail area, commercial space and a church. The faceted group of towers, with the more rotund, copper-clad Pauluskerk nestling against it, is like a collection of crystalline rocks, punched into which are sheltered external spaces, which are generous enough to be used properly, and integrated into the internal planning so as to form an extension of the living spaces.

 

The quality of the public areas in particular have been considered, with a two-tiered circulation space below the residential buildings; the lower below the transparent pavement of the upper, and connecting directly with car parking. Consultation and workshop exercises with the community of Pauluskerk in particular, were central to the development of the design."

 

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Belgium, Antwerp, Harbour, Scheldekaai, vintage harbour cranes (uncropped)

 

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"'performance architecture' is conceived as an international ideas competition aimed at choosing proposals for five temporary urban interventions in public spaces featured as controversial by the citizens. The installations intend to draw up architectural and urban strategies that, by reviving performance art approaches, provide new directions as to the roles of architects, artists and designers - while promoting alternative urban practices to the construction of monuments and other traditional structures by facilities, activities and happenings."

www.designboom.com/architecture/performance-architecture-...

 

Construction with clothes by Dantiope | Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture

One final shot of the Alsop Architects Calypso Building in Rotterdam......

 

I'm not entirely sure the attempt to break up the bulk of the building by using different colour and shapes works but it certainly makes it a worthwhile photographic subject.

 

Click here for more shots of Rotterdam : www.flickr.com/photos/darrellg/albums/72157700872931264

 

From SkyscraperCenter.com : "The Calypso building is a component of the Rotterdam Central urban strategy scheme. The development of this site afforded the opportunity to establish the beginnings of a quality public realm on the Westersingel leading from the station, the desired "cultural route" of the city. The development accommodates 407 apartments, a retail area, commercial space and a church. The faceted group of towers, with the more rotund, copper-clad Pauluskerk nestling against it, is like a collection of crystalline rocks, punched into which are sheltered external spaces, which are generous enough to be used properly, and integrated into the internal planning so as to form an extension of the living spaces.

 

The quality of the public areas in particular have been considered, with a two-tiered circulation space below the residential buildings; the lower below the transparent pavement of the upper, and connecting directly with car parking. Consultation and workshop exercises with the community of Pauluskerk in particular, were central to the development of the design."

 

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Not sure how much this flat in the Calypso building in Rotterdam was for sale for but it was in a great location and seemed to have a generous balcony. I guess you might have to put up with photographers such as myself taking photos occasionally.....

 

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From SkyscraperCenter.com : "The Calypso building is a component of the Rotterdam Central urban strategy scheme. The development of this site afforded the opportunity to establish the beginnings of a quality public realm on the Westersingel leading from the station, the desired "cultural route" of the city. The development accommodates 407 apartments, a retail area, commercial space and a church. The faceted group of towers, with the more rotund, copper-clad Pauluskerk nestling against it, is like a collection of crystalline rocks, punched into which are sheltered external spaces, which are generous enough to be used properly, and integrated into the internal planning so as to form an extension of the living spaces.

 

The quality of the public areas in particular have been considered, with a two-tiered circulation space below the residential buildings; the lower below the transparent pavement of the upper, and connecting directly with car parking. Consultation and workshop exercises with the community of Pauluskerk in particular, were central to the development of the design."

 

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One aspect of the proposal prepared by KPMB Architects + Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates + Urban Strategies suggested relocating parking and removing all but service and emergency vehicles from King's College Circle.

This metal bridge is (re)built between 1966 and 1968. It’s articulated with three spans. Its overall length is 220 meters. It was built to connect the then new Beaugrennelle (Front de Seine) high rise quarter, also on display here, with the old centre

 

Emergent Density model, Urban Strategies,

Urbanization on the Haveneiland-West on IJburg, Amsterdam.

More info about this much disputed VINEX location on new land claimed from the IJmeer is here.

Captured during a shoot with Gabi, Jaap and Joost.

Marrakech Plaza (near Place 16 Novembre) - property development in the Nouvelle Ville (Guéliz).of Marrakech. The post-modern architecture has some traditional architectural features such as the wooden balconies.

 

I wish y’all a fun Valentine Day !

(A short break from the Brazil series for some Lille picz)

 

This is a part of the ‘Les Tulips de Shangri-La’ sculpture placed on the Esplanade Francois-Mitterrand part of the EuraLille shopping & business centre of Lille (France). Lille was 2004’s cultural capital of Europe. The Tulips are conceived by the Japanese sculptress Yayoi Kusama and is a part of the “The power of flowers” comtemporary art exposition. Lille’s cultural capital organisation states the following about it: “Flowers will always remind us of paradise, where flowers are all that the eye can see. The Flower Power exhibition is spread through multiple venues and ranges from natural flowers to symbolic flowers, from classical arrangements to modern displays that seem to be exploding”.

This big sculpture certainly introduced a bit of fun and colour in the vast and a bit stark EuraLille square. Lovers have discovered its curved composite leafs to snuggle and bask in the sun. The yellow sign high up the building reads ‘hello darling’.

 

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Netherlands, Rotterdam, Lloyd kwartier (a former harbour and industry zone, now a urban revitalization quarter) , OT Toneel & Opera building (arch.: Jim Klinkhamer).

Shot during an extended lunch with Leun. Her take on this facade is here.

 

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