Markthal Rotterdam

Markthal Rotterdam. Photo:RM

De toonaangevende reisgids Lonely Planet heeft Rotterdam verkozen tot nummer vijf in de top tien van ‘topsteden van de wereld’. Het is de enige Nederlandse stad in de lijst van Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016. De vorig jaar opgeleverde Markthal speelt hierin waarschijnlijk een rol. Een bijzonder gebouw met een wat misleidende naam, omdat het  op een aantal punten wezenlijk verschilt van wat normaal gesproken als markthal wordt beschouwd:  Continue reading

Urban Heat Islands and the Origin of the Apartment Building.

Differences in temperature (heat islands) in The Hague on a summer day. Image: NRC

Differences in temperature (heat islands) in The Hague on a summer day. Image: NRC

Interesting reseach was done recently at the University of Wageningen, about the occurring of so-called heat islands in cities during the summer. On hot days certain places in the city can become up to 8 degrees hotter than the temperature in the countryside. This is due to the presence of much stone surfaces and little green in the city. Houses and buildings warm up during the day and capture the heat in the streets. During the night the stored heat is then radiated back. The higher the density in the city, the greater this effect becomes. Up to a certain extent at least, because the research also shows that the higher the buildings and the narrower the streets are, the smaller the heat island effect in summer.

Manhattan of the Desert

In the construction of Shibam, an ancient town in Yemen, also known as the “Manhattan of the Desert”, one apparently was already aware of this. The houses here, in fact apartment towers, are built out of clay, up to 11 storeys high. Continue reading

Station to station

Architecture blog, Guillemins station

Guillemins staion, Liège. Photo: RM

If the same solution is applied often enough for a particular type of building, a new  typology is created. This can take place relatively quickly; comparatively young building types have already instilled a particular archetypal form in our subconscious. Continue reading