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Potsdam

2 September 2021 – The Mayor of Potsdam had already appointed me as a member of the city’s so-called Gestaltungsrat (Design Panel). Last Friday, 31

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Per Rotterdam

22 July 2021 – My students of the design studio Palazzi per Rotterdam have presented their work. As a guest of the TU Munich, I

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Veestraat

21 June 2021 – In 2004, together with Wouter Veldhuis of MUST stedebouw, we started the design development of the urban renewal of the garden

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Neofobia

14 June 2021 – For the Platte Grond website  Prosper de Roos made the documentary Neofobia with Reinier de Graaf (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) and

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Home Stretch

26 May 2021 – The Architecture in the Netherlands Yearbook appeared and: the Houses with Two Doors on the Persoonshaven are in it. I feel

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Composite Presence

20 May 2021 – ‘Good Dutch architects are actually Belgian architects.’ It is a joke of the Ghent professor Paul Vermeulen who teaches at TU

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Drawing

5 May 2021 – Drawing Matter is a British organisation that explores the role of drawing in architectural thought and practice. Today they published a 

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Politecnico Milano

26 April 2021 – Upon invitation of the Politecnico Milano I will be presenting an online paper entitled ‘Typology & Repetition’. Afterwards there is a

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Guest in Munich

15 April 2021 – Upon invitation of my colleague Andreas Hild I will be working as a guest professor at the Technical University of Munich

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Continuity

22 March 2021 – Aachen University has published a catalogue with projects which were presented last year at the Aachener Tagung – Identität der Architektur.

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The Everyday

3 March 2021 – Found on the web: a lecture by the dean of Yale about everyday architecture. Prof. Deborah Berke uses an image of

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Endurance

5 February 2021 – The very last phase of Lakerlopen is under construction. Together with the urban designers of MUST, we worked on the first

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A.ZINE

22 January 2021 – Today’s arrival: the special issue which the web platform A.ZINE published on women in architecture. The title is Mrs. Architect. Editor

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Fritz Högerpreis

16 January 2021 – Bricks all over… The jury of the Fritz Höger Preis 2020 gave us the Special Mention Award for our project Kloosterbuuren,

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Economy Class

14 January 2021 – Economy Class is a one-day symposium curated by Richard Hall, who invited me to contribute with a lecture called: ‘Housing as

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Glory Time

30 December 2020 – The end-of-year-lists… Our design for the Houses with Two Doors at Persoonshaven appears to be heading the list of NRC’s architecture

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Suburb

20 October 2020 – Since the Renaissance, the palazzo in cities such as Naples has developed into a sustainable type of housing. That is not

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Padua

9 October 2020 – The other week, 11 o’clock in the night, Padua, a brick gallery at Via S. Francesco. A firm hand grabs my

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Di Architettura

24 September 2020 – Apparently, it is important: the conference in Padua will go ahead. In Italy, of course, they know everything about Corona. Nevertheless,

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Recommendation

9 September 2020 – I was rather taken to be nominated as Architect of the Year 2020. Below you can read why. British/American Karin Templin

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Architect of 2020

31 August 2020 – Blown away … great news. There is appreciation for my housing desging work and that feels well. I am going back

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Dunster

27 August 2020 – In 2008 Prof. David Dunster gave a keynote lecture on my design for The Bluecoat arts centre and the underlying ideas

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82

3 August – The British Architecture Centre led by Ellis Woodman has set up the online platform The 100 Day Studio, where international guests give

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Staggers

3 July 2020 – The first terraced houses at Stationslaan in Breda are nearly there. They are part of the Drie Hoefijzers development which has

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Film

10 June 2020 – “The film is better than the book, Hans,” my client said when we walked through our completed project. Rob Thijssen was

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Southwark

3 June 2020 – My practice, together with Timothy Smith & Jonathan Taylor Architects, has won a place on London Borough of Southwark’s Framework Agreement

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Excellent

28 May 2020 – How can it be that the world renowned Dutch social housing has run into a dead end? Under the title ‘towards

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100 Day Studio

22 May 2020 – They have not been idle during the Lockdown at the Architecture Foundation. The British architecture centre, led by Ellis Woodman has

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Sebas

28 April 2020 – Sebastian van Damme made pictures of the Houses with Two Doors at Persoonshaven. Ik have known Sebas for a long time.

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Constructing

22 April 2020 – In January I gave a lecture at the Aachener Tagung – Identität der Architektur. This is a yearly conference where architects

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Rome

20 April 2020 – Today we present the results of this year’s design and research studio at RAvB. As part of the ongoing investigation of

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Bescheidenheid

17 April 2020 – Upon invitation of my colleague Antje Freiesleben I wrote an article about her architectural practice Modersohn Freiesleben in Berlin. I accepted

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Productive City

18 March 2020 – The design with which we earned our place on the ADUP shortlist, the typological study to the renewal of Old Kent

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Funky

16 December 2019 – The scaffoldings at the building site at Persoonshaven in Feijenoord have been removed. A funky project with stacked maisonettes appears. The

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LSA

8 October 2019 – ‘Welcome back,’ the deputy head of Liverpool School of Architecture (LSA) e-mailed me. After 20 years I will be teaching at

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Analogen!

2 October 2019 – Today I received the news that my column Analogen, is nominated for the Geert Bekaert Award. Analogen is an edited version

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Designed

1 October 2019 – The book Street Architecture which our office has published last year has been selected as one of the best designed Dutch

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Alternative Histories

8 August 2019 – Following the exhibition of Alternative Histories in London last spring, the exhibition travels to Belgium this September. Acknowledging that architecture is a

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Kralingen

15 July 2019 – We are commissioned by ERA Contour and Heijmans Projectontwikkeling to work at a new residential area in Rotterdam. The urbanist Adriaan

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AR-TUR

3 May 2019 – The sustainability of much affordable housing needs to be improved as a matter of urgency. That is a complex task. How

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Werkberichte

5 June 2019 – The architect and professor Uwe Schröder, much admired by me, invited me for a lecture in Aachen. The series Werkberichte explores

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Joints

4 June 2019 – Yesterday we have assessed the mock-ups of the Persoonshaven facades. The contractor had provided variants with different mortars and joints. Together

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Volkskrant

29 April 2019 – One weekend ago, the daily newspaper De Volkskrant published an interview about the position of architecture in The Netherlands. The conversation

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Heesterbuurt

7 maart 2019 – Weigeliaplein is a particular urban space in the The Hague Heesterbuurt district. Based on an urban design made by H.P. Berlage,

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Diagram

29 January 2019 – It is an old desire to draw my housing projects as a consistent catalogue. I have opted for simple diagrams with

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Retrospection

27 December 2018 – At the end of each year the media publish their retrospections. The magazine De Architect reports that housing has dominated the

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Stage

18 December 2018 – Architecture on Stage is a series of architects’ talks programmed by the Architecture Foundation in partnership with the Barbican Centre in

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Divisare

4 December 2018 – Today, Divisare published a chique box set with six booklets on my work. Five of those present photographs taken by my

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Affordable Houses

19 November 2018 – Rotterdam will get 26 new affordable houses. Rotterdam City Council has issued the permits for the construction of the so-called BeBos (beneden-

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Triple Dutch

30 October 2018 – The November edition of Architectural Review is about tendencies in Dutch architecture. In his article Triple Dutch, the Dutch critic Hans

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Densified

12 September 2018 – Densification, the architecture centre of Amsterdam, Arcam, organises a debate in which new and realised dwelling concept are discussed within this

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AA

30 August 2018 – ‘Street Architecture, Work by Hans van der Heijden’ was launched by Ellis Woodman at the AA Bookshop in London. The book has

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Marine Site

28 August 2018 – Michelle Kox has not been working for one week in my studio and she already achieved a major success. The Rotterdam

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Modulør

31 July 2018 – The Swiss magazine Modulør is dedicated to ‘New Dutch’ architecture. The subtitle of the issue which appeared today is: Mind the

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Renaissance

16 July 2018 – This spring I had the privilege to tutor two groups of architecture students from Vaduz (Liechtenstein) and Rotterdam (The Netherlands). In

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Pigs

1 July 2018 – One doesn’t build alone. I like to put forward my work into the public domain and I appreciate hearing what people

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Progetti Urbani

30 May 2018 – The design for the Houses with Many Doors for Old Kent Road in London is on show at the exhibition La

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Tailpiece Lakerlopen

29 May 2018 – The block which in the 2004 urban renewal scheme for Lakerlopen, Eindhoven was rather prosaically referred to as Block 3 will

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Typology

21 May 2018 – There are two kinds of housing typology. The first studies extreme possibilities. I always call it the Sherwood School, after Roger

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Civic Architecture

23 April 2018 – The architectural historian Werner Oechslin invited me to contribute to the colloquium Civilian Architecture. We met in Werner’s library in Einsiedeln,

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Housing in London

9 April 2018 – Hans van der Heijden Architect has been appointed by Travel for London (TfL) and the Greater London Authority (GLA) to the

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Wall Street Journal

28 February 2018 – It doesn’t happen every day that Dutch social housing, a refurbishment project even, makes it to the Wall Street Journal. The

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Brunelleschi’s Role

26 February 2018 – Last weekend I was in New York for the opening of the exhibition ‘Social Housing, New European Projects’ in the Center

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Street Architecture

6 February 2018 – Street Architecture is published. After three and a half years of hard work in my own office, a new portfolio appears

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Upon South

5 February 2018 – We work on a new social housing project at Persoonshaven in Feijenoord, as Rotterdammers say: Upon South. On the occasion of

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European Projects

24 January 2018 – Across Europe, a new generation of architecture practices are transforming affordable housing. Responding to continued need, changing clients, and new funding

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Bay windows

15 January 2018 – The scaffoldings on the construction site of Churchillpark in Leiden are being taken down. Now it shows how beautiful the repeating

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WISH

1 December 2017 – A book has been published on the manifestation City Heart Dwelling (Wonen in Stadshart, WISH). The city of Groningen commissioned me

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Block

21 November 2017 – In the context of a lecture series on the urban dwelling block I was invited to present the houses at Oranjeboomstraat

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Tea Towel

19 November 2017 – In the spring of 2018 I will be a guest teacher at the Architecture School of Rotterdam and Universität Liechtenstein in

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Kollhoff’s Polder

6 July 2017 – Yesterday evening I had the pleasure to present Post Piraeus, the publication we made with 10 architects about Hans Kollhoff’s renowned

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Building Matter

27 June 2017 – On the Archined website Elmar Koers discusses the Kloosterbuuren project. ‘The spatial quality of the new ensemble is high. In masterly

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Values

14 June 2017 – On the 2nd and 3rd of June I was a guest at the CANactions architecture festival in Kiev. The theme of

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Imagination

23 May 2017 – Imagination, the word does not always have a nice resonance. Yet, the Dutch state architect Floris Alkemade used the word quite

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Mock-ups Churchillpark

19 May 2017 – Mock-ups of the brickwork were made at the construction site of Churchillpark. The brightly red bricks of the atrium block appear

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Crafting the Façade

19 April 2017 – My colleague Machiel Spaans invited me for a key note lecture at the Conference ‘Crafting the Façade’ at the University of

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RIBA features Ommoord

29 March 2017 – The renovation project for the splayed apartment blocks in Rotterdam Ommoord features in a new reference book on social housing design

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300 Year Bluecoat

14 March 2017 – This year, the artists of the Bluecoat in Liverpool are celebrating the 300th anniversary of their building. In 1717, Bryan Blundell

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Tailor fit Response

18 January 2017 – Ever more people like city living. There is ample space available, yet many people do not find a proper place. Especially

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Building Studies

16 December 2016 – German architecture schools still offer courses in Building Studies. At the university of Kaiserslautern the students Sandra Brand and Eric Schindler

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On Site

30 November 2016 – The ground breaking ceromony of the dwellings at Churchillpark in Leiden was guided by Paul Laudy, Counselor of the City of

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WerkBundStadt Spreebord

24 september 2016 – My designs for Berlin feature in the book WerkBundStadt Am Spreebord which presents the location for the new WerkBundStadt, comments on

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City Heart Dwelling

7 September 2016 – Because city living becomes ever more popular in Groningen, the City Council is organizing the event City Heart Dwelling. Together with

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Muzio’s Sant’Angelo

10 August 2016 – The website of the magazine De Architect opens with a picture that I took of one of the most beautiful buildings

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Starter Homes in AR

3 August 2016 – Ten years after completion of the so-called Starter Homes in Pleinen, Hoofddorp the project is topical again. This month, the magazine

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Corner Block Berlin

11 July 2016 – I am going to build in Berlin. Together with 30 other architects I was invited by the Berliner Werkbund to contribute

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Sir Winston in Leiden

7 July 2016 – The first design of Hans van der Heijden Architect will start on site shortly. Amvest has reached an agreement with Bouwbedrijf

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Drie Hoefijzers

6 July 2016 – I am invited by AM to work on the Drie Hoefijzers, the new district behind the railway station of Breda. Next

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City Dialogue

20 June 2016 – Once a year the so-called City Dialogue takes place in Bremen, Germany. Representatives of social housing trusts, real estate managements, city

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Flemish Craft

25 May 2016 – After twenty years, a new monograph on the work of my Flemish colleagues De Smet Vermeulen Architects is now available. Critical

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Client-ship

3 May 2016 – Some weeks ago, together with my colleague-architect Hugh Strange, I re-visited the housing project at Oranjeboomstraat in South Rotterdam. As a

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Shadow Canon

12 April 2016 – The Yearbook Architecture in the Netherlands 2015-2016, which I am an editor of, is finished. This year again I have studied hundreds

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Rehearsal in Berlin

23 March 2016 – The tasks for design of the model housing estate at the river Spree have been divided. The 34 participating architects drew

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160 Meter Realismus

1 February 2016 – The social houses at Oranjeboomstraat have drawn attention in Switzerland. The magazine Werk Bauen + Wohnen published an article by the

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Kleiburg

21 January 2016 – By coincidence I was present at a special [and perhaps even historic] event in the autumn of last year. There was

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Exacting Material

28 December 2015 – The book ‘Brick, an Exacting Material’ edited by Jan Peter Wingender is out. As visiting professor at the Amsterdam School of

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