“Herman Hertzberger” the first complete oeuvre on the Dutch master, by nai010 publishers

Written by Robert McCarter, this first approach to Herman Hertzberger’s complete works features a complete analysis of Hertzberger’s main buildings and thought process.

 

Centraal Beheer in Apeldoorn sketches ©  Herman Hertzberger

Centraal Beheer in Apeldoorn sketches © Herman Hertzberger

 

When many contemporary constructions tend towards excessive security and introverted buildings, it is reassuring to dive back into the ideals of an open and humanist architecture, learning again from the Dutch structuralism. Nai010 is publishing a new book dedicated to one of the masters of this movement: Herman Hertzberger, who restored the role of people, through his buildings, writing and teaching, at the heart of architectural design. Written by Robert McCarter, author of numerous monographs of architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Alvar Aalto, the book features a complete analysis of Hertzberger’s main buildings and  thought process.

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“Structuralism”, double exhibition at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

This weekend will be the last chance to visit the exhibition “Structuralism” which opened  last September and will close this Saturday (January 11th) in the big exhibition hall of Het Nieuwe Instituut.

 © Het Nieuwe Instituut

© Het Nieuwe Instituut

 

The exhibition focuses on Dutch Structuralism, a movement in architecture in the late ’50s and early ’60s that renounced the technocratic planning that characterised the post-war reconstruction of the country. Instead, its proponents asked space for the poetic and emotional aspects of architecture, in order to come to a truly dignified living environment. Structuralism constitutes the most important contribution from the Netherlands to modern architecture during the second half of the twentieth century. In the late 1950s it presented a poetic alternative to the technocratic architecture of the post-war reconstruction period, before flourishing in the 1970s. The ideal was to create a new social space where people could realise their full potential and that facilitated interaction, imagination and experimentation.

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