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Ivo Hulskamp


Floating trough our space.

Water is a power we as humans always have dealt with. It is the bringer of life on earth. We always had the tendency to live close to the water. Almost all big European cities are next to a river,. For a logic reason because the river provided them with a means of transport power and drinking water.

In the Netherlands we are well know for the way we manage our waters. We are fighting the water, keeping it out with dykes and dams, but maybe its time to embrace the water a little more.

For my project i want to look into the possibilities to create a floating city. The popularity of houseboats is growing and the wish to live close to the water is there. I want to approach it on a little different way than what is out there at the moment. I do not only want the houses to float but i want everything to float.If we not only make the houses floating but also our roads, parks and other infrastructure, we create a complete new tool set for our cities. We can make them flexible. By designing the floating platforms of the houses roads and so on, in a modular way we can make them interchangeable.

The modular city will give us a chance to revise a city plan later, the chance to have the city scape morph and change to the more up-to-date needs of the city.

For my design research i will create scenario's for this kind of city plan. These scenario's will give me the parameter to start designing with. I'm also researching the reason why our newly build area's nowadays don't always work and what i can possible do better in my design proposal.

One of my key factors is that a city like this can start small and grow to a bigger size gradually, instead of developing a vast new area at once. In my view this is one of the problems with our way of extending now. The scale is to big.

In my essay research i will investigate the “problems” we encountered in the new city extensions. The Vinex-area's as we call them. I want to research if scale is indeed the problem, how about the “flatness” of these spaces, the lack of spectrum or context. I feel the architecture is also greatly responsible for the negativity that occurred around this area's. Maybe the big fault we make,  is that we think architects and city planners can design a city for people. Maybe this is to much of a task because the lack of identity it gives the inhabitants. The come in a pre-made atmosphere, they did not have to do anything themselves for it. To easy, no own identity but the identity of the architects and city planners.

For this research i want to research written literature, visions of architects and maybe an enquette given out to inhabitants of these kind of housing.

The outcomes of this research i want to use in my design-project.