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On the 19’th of April 2016, the 29th edition of the Dutch Architecture Yearbook was presented in the Waterliniemuseum on Fort Vechten nearby Bunnik. Architect Remco Siebring of Studio Anne Holtrop elaborated on the photogenic museum that also covers the front page of the yearbook. Subsequently Edwin Oostmeijer illustrated the selection of projects on behalf of the editorial department.
The set-up of this edition of the yearbook is identical to previous years; 30 completed buildings, documented in writing and imagery, that have to represent the state of the profession in the Netherlands, larded with essays of the editors. The essays portray the projects in a larger frame and signal current trends.
Of the 375 submitted projects, 65 have been visited by the editors, and out of those 30 have been selected. The selection process was partly based on to which degree the project portrays itself as an exemplary exponent of a new experiment, a transformation of the existing or a new strategy.
The Rampartzone / Zuiderpark in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, a project by MTD landscape architects / urban designers in cooperation with Studio Leon Thier (design of the parking garage and bridges) and Van Roosmalen Van Gessel Architects is one of the selected projects.
The four-headed editorial depaartment of the Yearbook, consisting of Tom Avermaete (professor Methods and Analysis at the Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft), Kirsten Hannema (freelance architecture critic), Hans van der Heijden (architect) and Edwin Oostmeijer (independed real-estate developer) signals a search for an alternative way of real-estate development and a new definition of the architecture project. They see a group of young architects who cannot wait to climb the stage of Dutch architecture. Different from their SuperDutch predecessors they want to renew the existing. Reinterpretation and radicalization of classical notions like composition, typology and tectonics play a central role here. They emphasize the participatory nature of the architecture and focus less on the architect as a solistic visionair.