The Source


Left: Hutong next to a modern apartment complex, tianjin, China. Middle, right: Hutong in Beijing. Photos; RM

Chinese urban planning has often been criticized for its ruthless demolishing of older areas in favor of new monotonous blocks. China is not respecting its own heritage, is often suggested. This phenomenon, however, to the contrary can be seen as the result of China’s persistence in maintaining its traditional way of thinking about planning, for too long. Continue reading

Concentric Planning vs. Blitzkrieg

Amersfoort Old and New

Street scenes inside and outside of the historical center, just 200 meters apart. Amersfoort, The Netherlands. Photos: RM

It is 75 years ago this week that the city of Rotterdam was stripped of its center by German bombs. In general, the absence of an old center is seen as a deficiency; In contrast, it can also be said that it provides certain advantages, especially in the field of urban planning.  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

Way to the Sea

architecture blog, Copacabana

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Rogier Mentink

Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro is more than 200 meters wide. In the Brazilian summer, the sand gets extremely hot and the long walk to the waterline is an ordeal, even with a pair of Havaianas on your feet. Continue reading

De Rotterdam; a quantum leap in scale.

architecture blog, de Rotterdam

De Rotterdam by O.M.A. Photo: Rogier Mentink

In terms of scale, the “Rotterdam” building is one size larger than other high-rises in the city of Rotterdam. With a height of 150 meters it isn’t the tallest building in the city, but its proportions and its location allow the city to make a quantum leap. Continue reading