Published: Wednesday, April 16, 2008
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UArchitects are fascinated by the interplay of levels of scale and imagination: the scale of the city and the scale of the individual; imagination in the abstract and imagination in concrete form. We do not look for the interconnection in just one relentless, dogmatic theme; we prefer to investigate it in a range of different concepts.
The differences in the nature and scale of our instructions prompt us to develop new strategies for every contract. But our design philosophy remains recognisable throughout: intuitive and reflective, and always based on our fascination for people and places. The places provide hints of the volume, orientation and materialisation we want to apply. The buildings already in place help to define what has yet to be built.
Our investigative attitude is expressed in the intensive dialogue we undertake with our clients. And the scope for reflection is not confined to the contract itself; we also look into the wider cultural context of architecture and urban development by organising debates and workshops. This is not designed to discover definitive answers, but to encourage questions - and thus to continue our contemplative operating methods in relation to the instructions we receive at UArchitects.
UArchitects is a collective of designers, for which Misak Terzibasiyan (born on 22-09-64 in Helsinki, Finland) and Emile van Vugt (born on 04-03-74 in Hameln, Germany) are responsible.
UArchitects is involved in ongoing construction projects and tendering processes, while additional activities such as a guest lectureship at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and our work as a regular architect for the State Buildings Agency [Rijksgebouwendienst], South Region, allow us to improve our own work in a wider theoretical context.
We also attempt to make a social contribution to the position and responsibilities of the architect and town planner in a wider cultural context. In concrete terms, what this involves is the organisation of debates, workshops and exhibitions such as, for example:
- "Living City", evening lecture including a debate featuring Harm Tilman (head editor of the magazine, de Architect), Mathieu Bruls and West 8 on what activities might play out in Strijp S, 'the Forbidden City', once Philips vacates this industrial estate.
- "Cultural identity of Helmond?", a debate and interviews with Jo Coenen, Rob Krier and Joan Busquets, amongst others, on the relationship between the ' retro feel' of neighbourhoods like Brandevoort and the diversity and stratification of society.
- "Eindhoven Revisited: the blue carpet", a workshop with an exhibition and debate featuring Floris Alkemade (OMA Rotterdam) and Luc Deleu (TOP Office Antwerp), amongst others, on the relationship between art, design and public spaces.
- Research project on public spaces in a city district with about 400, 000 residents: "Villa el Salvador" in Lima
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