Menu: Inside Randstad Holland

This submission to the Inside Randstad Holland competition of 1994 proposes a gradual and adaptive urbanisation process of the so-called “Green Heart” of Holland, instead of a singular overarching or fixed master plan that presupposes a city to be “complete” at some point, which of course is never the case. “Menu” suggests a planning process whose course is informed by successively mapping historical as well as new features of the Green Heart –from heritage to infrastructure– in order to determine, at a given time, optimum locations and densities of new development. The diagrams below illustrate a simplified scenario of how this mapping-based feedback mechanism might work. The idea was to see how a master plan could incorporate the element of time, and hence transformation; an adaptive mechanism instead of a graphic image. Collaborator: Jan Peter Wingender. Awarded “Incentive Prize” by the competition jury.

MenuProcess1HI

MenuProcess2HI

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About Rafael Gomez-Moriana

I am an architect, writer and educator. rafagomo.com chronicles my architectural making, writing, teaching and curating activity, while criticalista.com is an archive of my writings as well as a platform for venting personal rants and observations. I studied architecture at the University of Waterloo (Canada) and at the Berlage Institute (the Netherlands). I direct the University of Calgary’s architecture term-abroad program in Barcelona, and have previously taught in the Metropolis Masters Program in Architecture and Urban Culture, CIEE Architecture and Design program, as well as at Carleton University and the University of Manitoba.

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