12.11 Shift lecture 10×10

Oana Radeş and Thijs van Bijsterveldt lecture at the first 10×10 lecture evening, organized by Architectenweb. The lecture series give an overview of the next generation of design offices in the Netherlands. Other lecturers of the evening include Anouk Vogel, d.efac.to, DUS, morePlatz, Lilith Ronner van Hooijdonk, LINT, LOLA, SUMoffice and XML.

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12.11 1st prize ‘De groene kamer’

Shift wins 1st prize in the restricted competition of De Groene Kamer for the ‘Campus’. The proposals for the ‘block’ and the ‘hook’ have been awarded with a second prize. The jury, lead by Ton Venhoeven, praises Shift’s proposals for their diverse solutions and the convincing integration of architecture and landscape. The designs of Shift also score best of all submissions on sustainability.

Realization of De Groene Kamer, a 30 hectare mix of eco-retail, ‘edutainment’, leisure program and nature just outside the city boundaries of Tilburg, is scheduled for 2013. Shift will work together with the masterplanners LOLA and Fabric and the other winning architects, Next and Kempe Thill.

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12.11 Tilburgse Bouw Sociëteit @ Tilburg University

Harm Timmermans and Paul Hoeijmans (head of real estate Tilburg University) lecture on the recent, current and future developments of Tilburg University for the Tilburgse Bouw Sociëteit.

Shift has developed an urban framework for Tilburg University that strengthens the unique green quality of the campus and provides for the necessary flexibility for future developments in the short and long term.

12.11 Kluswoning Rotterdam nearing completion

Shift’s design for the complete interior renovation of a so-called kluswoning (a do-it-yourself-house) in Rotterdam is about to be delivered. The highlight of the house, an XL piece of furniture that organizes the house over three floors, has been installed successfully. Shift works in close collaboration with the contractors to ensure a high level of precision in the building details.

11.11 OCupA

Thijs van Bijsterveldt participates in the workshop ‘Unsolicited Architecture’, organized by the NAi during the 9th International Architecture Biennale of Sao Paulo.

The collaboration between Brazilian and Dutch architects/artists resulted in a proposal for the intensification of the public space of the Ibirapuera park. The limits of the continuous space of the modernist park are tested by extending the park on top of the monumental buildings of Niemeyer. Through a series of collages and one on site intervention the hidden potential of the roof of the OCA building as a public hill for the park is explored.

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10.11 Dentist Practice wind and water proof

The construction of Shift’s design for the transformation of a villa into a dentist practice runs on schedule. After the prefabricated timber casco was installed in just a few days, the large glass panels have been installed successfully. Soon the extension will be entirely clad in zinc.

The project has been engineered in such a way that it is delivered in just six months after breaking ground. Shift supervises the construction.

08.11 Rethink LA

Shift participates in the ‘Rethink LA Exhibition’ with their proposal for the conversion of the Judge Harry Pregerson interchange in downtown LA.

Outtake from the exhibition text:

At the dawn of the new century, technological developments inspired by a renewed environmental awareness promise a total revolution in infrastructure and car intelligence. In June 2011 the state of Nevada authorized the use of autonomous vehicles, creating the first step towards more safe and fluent traffic flows; while the use of electricity as an alternative power source will result in clean and silent cars. Not only will our cars and roads become sustainable, they will allow for entire adjacent city portions to witness a reborn by expanding and reconnecting across the infrastructure system. As trade routes and strategic cross-roads have been the starting point for historical cities, the freeway systems will be the new backbone of social, economical and cultural developments of contemporary cities. Los Angeles’ freeway system will finally truly become, as Reyner Banham once stated, one of the “greater works of Man, a coherent state of mind, a complete way of life”.

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07.11 Jury Archetypes 2011 competition

Oana Radeş is invited as jury member at the Archetypes 2011 Competition in Bucharest, Romania. Organized by AD(D)VERITAS and the Order of Architects from Romania, Archetypes is a national architectural competition that encourages new solutions for activating ignored or abandoned public spaces. On several locations throughout Romania, the brief asks for temporary pavilions with public functions meant to improve the quality of the surrounding public space. The manifestation has the goal to link the winners to the public administration authorities and market parties in order to eventually build the winning entry.

07.11 Start Studio Sport

In the coming year, Shift investigates how to improve the spatial position of sport in the city. The secondary role of sport in urban planning has deemed sport facilities to the edges and rest spaces of the city. This spatial isolation is contrary to the central role that sport plays in contemporary society. With the conviction that sport can be used as a catalyst for urban quality, Studio Sport will develop strategies to integrate sport in the compact city. The research is supported by the Dutch Creative Industries Fund, and will take place in collaboration with the cities Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague.

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06.11 KEI-atelier ‘Sport in de stad’

Harm Timmermans participates at the meeting ‘Sport in de stad’ organized by KEI and the Mulier Instituut. During the meeting several sport experts discuss how the Olympic Games can stimulate more vital and ‘movement friendly’ city environments, and how this effects their spatial organization and program.

06.11 Sport 2.0

Thijs van Bijsterveldt participates at Sport 2.0, an initiative of the municipality Almere that explores promising and innovative concepts for sports. In the coming years Almere will grow from 190.000 to 350.000 inhabitants. This so called ‘leap of scale’ introduces the possibility to operate as a testground for the rest of the Netherlands. During the event several concepts are generated that combine spatial, programmatic and social issues around sport within the context of Almere.