Fall 2015_Student Reporters_WEEK 9 (Netherlands Trip)


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48H Open House Barcelona
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Hours: Various
Date: October 24-25th
Admission: Free

More than 150 important buildings in the Barcelona area opened their doors to the public.  Allowing individuals the chance to meet over 200 different architects and artisans.  The 48 hour Open House event, invites the public to visit infrastructures essential to our daily lives, hear and participate in activates design to understand materials, function, and divers uses of architecture. The sixth edition of this festival focuses on the discovery of both the metropolitan landscape and identity of the individual.

Web Address: http://www.48hopenhousebarcelona.org/
Reporting: Michael Villarreal, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student



Barcelona Jazz Festival
Location: Various venues throughout the city
Dates: 26 September 11
December 2015
Admission: 50 euros – 300 euros (depends on how many shows you go to)

The Barcelona Jazz Festival is an annual event where local and international jazz musicians arrive in the city and play to their hearts content. With several shows every week for a couple months, residents and visitors of Barcelona can choose what kind of jazz they want to hear and what venue they wish to experience the concert in with little hassle.

Reporting: Nick Conner Roger Williams University Grad. Arch. Student



Michael Snow. Sequences
Location: Virreina Centre de la Imatge
Admission: Free
Dates: 15 September – 1 November 2015

This exhibition on the lifelong work of the artist Michael Snow. According to TimeOut Magazine “Michael Snow’s work seeks to explore the expressive capabilities of sound and image, challenging the duality of vision/representation.” With audience participation almost mandatory, Sequences will captivate the senses while teaching viewers about the process of creation and the limitless definitions of space, objects, pictures and sound.

Reporting: Nick Conner Roger Williams University Grad. Arch. Student




London’s Royal Academy of Arts Announces 4 Finalists for Urban Jigsaw   Competition
Location: London, England
Date: October 24th

The Royal Academy of Arts in London has announced four proposals in their Urban Jigsaw competition. Four finalists have been selected for the next stage of the competition. Each proposals discusses ideas for renewal of the Brownfield sites in London.

Web Address: http://www.archdaily.com/770237/londons-royal-academy-launches-urban-jigsaw-ideas-competition
Reporting: Michael Villarreal, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student



MVRDV: Flower Building completed
Location:  Shanghai, China
Date: October 23rd

MVRCDV’s plan to create a form of urban life has gotten one step closer with the completion of the first building to their overall masterplan. The Flower Building is the landmark in MVRDV’ system to incorporate systems of pedestrian streets and plazas in an area most known for large boulevards and high-speed expressways, near the Shanghai’s Honqiao airport. The Hongqiao Central Business District is expected to achieve a three star ranking, the highest of the Chinese Green Building Label.

Web Address: http://www.archi-europe.com/news-2614-mvrdv-flower-building.html
Reporting: Michael Villarreal, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student



Location: Design Museum, London, UK
Dates: 9 September 2015 28
February 2016
Admission: Adult 13 GBP, Student 9.75 GBP, Child under 16 6.50 GBP, Free entrance to members and children under six

The Design Museum in London is presenting an exhibition on bicycles and the newfound obsession the UK has with them. The exhibit showcases the process of designing and constructing bicycles and the unique culture of bike riders. Several different models will be shown including commuter bikes, mountain bikes and racing bikes.

Reporting: Nick Conner Roger Williams University Grad. Arch. Student



Location: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark
Dates: 25 June 2015 25
October 2015
Admission: Adult 115 DKK, Student 100 DKK
The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark is also bringing attention to African architecture, with a dedicated Africa exhibition as the third chapter of its series Architecture, Culture and Identity. The exhibit presents various ways of living from across the African continent, focusing on the intersection of architecture, contemporary art and culture.
Reporting: Nick Conner Roger Williams University Grad. Arch. Student




Netherlands Trip – The Eye
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Date: October 22nd
Movie admissions: €10-€15

After the bike tour around Amsterdam, students of the Barcelona Architecture Center sat and ate Lunch at The Eye (Film Museum) designed by the Vienna Office of Delugan Meissl Associated Architects. The Eye, features screening of classic films, documentaries, shorts, fiction, along with Dutch and Independent films. The bar in The Eye is worth visiting for its panoramic views of Amsterdam’s north bank waterfront.

Reporting: Michael Villarreal, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student



Netherlands Trip – Rietveld’s Schroeder House
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Architect: Gerrit Rietveld
Date: October 21st
Hours open: Tuesdays through to Sundays 11.00 – 17.00
Admission: € 14: adults aged 18 and over,  € 8:  13-17 years or students

Students of the Barcelona Architecture Center had the opportunity to visit Gerrit Rietveld’s Schroder House while in Utrecht. The house was built before Rietveld joining the De Stijl movement, however some believe it was built during that period because it follows the style associated with the movement. The house was commissioned by Truus Schrider, a women with three children. Along with the tasks of design the house she wanted one preferably without wall, one that could create a connection between the inside and outside. He achieved this with the open concept on the second floor through a series of moveable walls that can allow an individual to change the space.

Reporting: Michael Villarreal, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student



Netherlands Trip – Utrecht University Library
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Architect: Wiel Arets
Date:October 21st

While on tour of the Utrecht University, students explored the design of Utrecht’s University Library; designed by Wiel Arets. The exterior and interior of the library incorporate a series of a repeated fossilized papyrus printed on concrete panels along with being engraved in glass panels. The building houses over 4.2 million books in the library, a parking garage with 500 spaces, café, 1,300 student seats, 300 workstations, and an auditorium.

Reporting: Michael Villarreal, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student



Netherlands Trip – Educatorium
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Architect: Rem Koolhaas/ OMA
Date: October 21st

During the tour of Utrecht University, students got a firsthand sense to the design and construction of OMA’s Educatorium. The design is conceived with the use of two sheets which fold and interlock. The concrete slab creates a space that allows room for each program to function as its purpose. Educatorium features two auditoriums, botanical gardens, cafeteria, and rooms for exams. The Educatorium promotes socialization, learning, and examination.

Reporting: Michael Villarreal, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. Student



TU Delft Library
Location: Delft, The Netherlands
Admission: Free; Library Learning Center fee: 30 Euros/year
Hours: 8:00 am 2:00 am
Designed by the architecture firm Mecanoo and completed in 1997, the TU Delft Library has a modern design for an antique program. The library is naturally quiet through its “underground” appearance and materiality choices. Daylight permeates the interior through the iconic cone atrium that also serves as the building’s central staircase. With an open floor plan and a slanted green roof, the library provides comfortable spaces for students to study inside or outside.
Reporting: Nick Conner Roger Williams University Grad. Arch. Student



The Keringhuis
Location: Hoek van Holland, The Netherlands
Admission: Adults 2 euros, Children free
Hours: Mon. Fri. 10 am 4 pm, Sat.Sun. 11 am 5 pm
The Keringhuis is an information center run by the Public Water Management of Holland that informs its visitors about flood risk management in the Province of ZuidHolland and the impressive Maeslant Storm Surge Barrier. The tour includes a detailed explanation of the water
level issues in the country of Holland and the specific design of the Maeslant Storm Surge Barrier. Visitors are led through an exhibit of information, models, videos and interactive media and then given a brief tour outside of the Barrier itself. This is highly recommended for those
who are interested in studying Holland’s strategies for controlling water and also for those who are avid fans of industrial architecture.
Reporting: Nick Conner Roger Williams University Grad. Arch. Student



TU Delft School of Architecture
Location: Delft, The Netherlands
Dates: Open all year, except holidays
Admission: For a visit = free, For a semester = your social life, your health, your sanity
The BAC studio was fortunate enough to pay a visit to the TU Delft School of Architecture and have their own selfguided tour. The students got to see the model shops, the studio spaces, the school library and other spaces of the facility. It was an interesting comparison for students as they examined the work of the Dutch students and compared it to their American universities architecture programs.
Reporting: Nick Conner Roger Williams University Grad. Arch. Student



Zaanse Schans
Location: Zaandam, The Netherlands
Admission: Free, guided tour = 515 euros depending on group size
Hours: 10 am 5 pm every day
The Zaanse Schans is a region of Zaandam in North Holland that seems like a step back in time to the 18th century. Several antique windmills are in operation that can be toured and visitors can experience a form of industry prevalent to the 17th and 18th centuries. One of the windmills that is highly recommended is the saw mill where visitors can see how the windmill powers the saws that cut trees into lumber.
Reporting: Nick Conner Roger Williams University Grad. Arch. Student


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