Architecture from the couch: tips from Anna Jens and Frauke Larsson

We continue our series “Architecture from the couch”. After Diego Baloain in Santiago de Chile and Sebastian Beck in São Paulo, we are moving on to the United Kingdom.

Next up are our Guiding Architects partner Anna Jens and Frauke Larsson from GA London in London.

The majority of us are currently sitting in our home offices and thus have no opportunity to explore the world. So we thought we bring the world to you. For this purpose we have asked our partners from Guiding Architects a few questions about the current situation.

Read their answers here and get a few tips on how the situation is dealt with in other countries and what you can see from home.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Anna Jens and Frauke Larsson

1. what is the situation like in your city?
London and the UK have been in lockdown since 23 March – relatively late compared to other countries and London has been hit quite hard due to a very underfunded health system. Unfortunately, our government did not take the virus very seriously at first, so our Prime Minister, as you know, ended up in intensive care.

Apart from the vital shops like supermarkets and pharmacies, everything is closed and you are not allowed to leave the house or travel unnecessarily. Especially for the poor and homeless the situation is very hard.

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Anna Jens © a-tour

2. how do you look into the future?
It’s hard to say at the moment, but it’s unlikely that things will return to normal in the foreseeable future – because the government has been so slow to react and doesn’t carry out many tests. The numbers are skyrocketing at the moment and it is likely that London will soon be the European epicentre.

As far as our business is concerned, it’s hard to say, obviously there are no tours taking place at the moment and in the foreseeable future – not a good time to start!

Architecture from the couch: tips from Anna Jens and Frauke Larsson

3. What could be viewed digitally in your city (museum, gallery, archive)?

Most museums offer some kind of free online exhibition, please see below:

Tate Modern
National Gallery
British Museum

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Museum of Architecture © a-tour

4. name a positive initiative from your city, which has been created due to the current situation?
If anything, I think the government and everyone else sees the essential jobs differently – especially the NHS (National Health Service) and it’s nice that there’s a lot of solidarity.

5. give us 1 tip for an architecture book and/or a documentary on architecture and/or movie and/or podcast that you have enjoyed recently?                                                                         

A nice podcast focusing on British architecture and British architects, but also architecture theory. Or the Bartlett International Lecture Series (12-13, 13-14) with some interesting entrances

Architecture from the couch: tips from Sebastian Beck

We continue our series “Architecture from the couch”. After Zeynep Kuban in Istanbul and Diego Baloain in Santiago de Chile, we are moving on to Brasil.

Next up is our Guiding Architects partner Sebastian Beck from ARCHIPEL* in São Paulo.

The majority of us are currently sitting in our home offices and thus have no opportunity to explore the world. So we thought we bring the world to you. For this purpose we have asked our partners from Guiding Architects a few questions about the current situation.

Read their answers here and get a few tips on how the situation is dealt with in other countries and what you can see from home.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Sebastian Beck

1. what is the situation like in your city?
We have had clear restrictions from the state government in São Paulo for four weeks. São Paulo is the state with the highest number of infections with Covid-19 in Brazil and Latin America. Most people stay at home in strict quarantine, but some people cannot follow the rules because of financial aspects and precarious housing situations. The public health system is not really well prepared for the upcoming number of infected people.

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Sebastian Beck © a-tour

2. how do you look into the future?
Negative. The political, economic and financial situation was already quite difficult before Corona. The government with the current president Jair Bolsonaro does not promise anything good for the time after the Corona crisis. A terrible crisis management, full of contradictions and serious mistakes, suggests that Brazil is heading for difficult times.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Sebastian Beck

3. What could be viewed digitally in your city (museum, gallery, archive)?

Virtual visit at the Pinacoteca de São Paulo

Virtual visit at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo MASP

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MASP Museu de Arte São Paulo © a-tour

4. name a positive initiative from your city, which has been created due to the current situation?
Unfortunately I could not find any positive initiative from the city. Positive activities are proposed by private initiatives. Since we have a strong architecture network in São Paulo, there are always live conferences on youtube or instagram with high participation.

5. give us 1 tip for an architecture book and/or a documentary on architecture and/or movie and/or podcast that you have enjoyed recently?                                                                                   Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I have not visited and never will, Judith Schalansky, Penguin Books (I’m not sure, if we can consider it an architecture book 😉 , but maybe a book for architects in corona times…)

Architecture from the couch: tips from Diego Baloain

We continue our series “Architecture from the couch”. After Bo Christiansen in Copenhagen/Malmö, Anneke Bokern in Amsterdam/Rotterdam, Boris Strzelczyk in Valencia, Bettina Johae in New York, Cristina Silva in Porto/Lisbon and Zeynep Kuban in Istanbul, we are moving on to Chile.

Next up is our Guiding Architects partner Diego Baloain from Massantiago in Santiago de Chile.

The majority of us are currently sitting in our home offices and thus have no opportunity to explore the world. So we thought we bring the world to you. For this purpose we have asked our partners from Guiding Architects a few questions about the current situation.

Read their answers here and get a few tips on how the situation is dealt with in other countries and what you can see from home.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Diego Baloain

1. what is the situation like in your city?
Here in Santiago the restrictions vary depending on the district; some are under a total lockdown and other ones are with partial restrictions. But we are mostly in a voluntary quarantine, the people in general behave responsibly and everything is closed except the basic supply stores and basic services.

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Diego Baloian © Massantiago

2. how do you look into the future?
The data here is still confusing, the mortality rate is low, because we have a young population and so far the public health system has not collapsed, but the numbers are increasing and the future is very uncertain. The peak of the pandemic is estimated to arrive by the end of April, so our indoor life will continue for a few months. Thus, the economic crisis will be ruthless, especially for the poor people who live on a daily income. Nevertheless, the people in Chile are used to deal with natural disasters (earthquakes and tsunamis) and therefore, in these situations there is a strong sense of unity, which I think will really help us handle this crisis with solidarity.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Diego Baloain

3. What could be viewed digitally in your city (museum, gallery, archive)?

I recommend to visit:
Precolumbian Arts Museum
Nationl History Museum
Chile Explora

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Monasterio de los Benedictino © a-tour

4. name a positive initiative from your city, which has been created due to the current situation?
I don’t really find a public initiative from the city, every district is very independent here in Santiago. But the central government has initiated a series of social and economic measures and also the people are being very supportive.

5. give us 1 tip for an architecture book and/or a documentary on architecture and/or movie and/or podcast that you have enjoyed recently?                                                                         

archdaily: Seoul City Machine / Liam Young for the Shenzhen Biennale

Heidegger’s hut

Architecture from the couch: tips from Zeynep Kuban

We continue our series “Architecture from the couch”. After Bo Christiansen in Copenhagen/Malmö, Anneke Bokern in Amsterdam/Rotterdam, Boris Strzelczyk in Valencia, Bettina Johae in New York and Cristina Silva in Porto/Lisbon, we are moving on to Turkey.

Sixth, our Guiding Architects partner Zeynep Kuban from GA Instanbul in Istanbul reports.

The majority of us are currently sitting in our home offices and thus have no opportunity to explore the world. So we thought we bring the world to you. For this purpose we have asked our partners from Guiding Architects a few questions about the current situation.

Read their answers here and get a few tips on how the situation is dealt with in other countries and what you can see from home.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Zeynep Kuban

1. what is the situation like in your city?
It is like everywhere, schools are closed since 4 weeks, all public gatherings of all sorts are prohibited, people go out less. The difference is that there is a prohibition for people over 65 (retirement age) to go out. As they are the most vulnerable. (But of course nothing has been planned) But this is most about white collars. The working class is still going to work and many (probably most) will not get a paid leave. On some large construction sites the workers went on strike because the working conditions were not appropriate.

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Zeynep Kuban © a-tour

2. how do you look into the future?
I have an ambiguous view. The fact that the air is much more cleaner and environmental issues become more clear, I would find it sad, if after everything people go back to travel as much as possible, consume as much as possible. Our business is based on these short city trips by plane and if we feel responsible for the nature, we shouldn’t do what we do…. On the other hand we love what we do… Difficult. But at least I hope that people (including me) will have learnt, that we do not need so much….

Architecture from the couch: tips from Zeynep Kuban

3. What could be viewed digitally in your city (museum, gallery, archive)?
The private art museums go online as much as possible, state museums do not even have a good website.

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EAA Museum © Cemal Emden

4. name a positive initiative from your city, which has been created due to the current situation?
Like everywhere, it is the private initiatives; but there is one association, I find very useful that supports, among many other things, those that will not be able to bring food home during these days.

5. give us 1 tip for an architecture book and/or a documentary on architecture and/or movie and/or podcast that you have enjoyed recently?                                                                         

Bruno Taut, Architekturlehre, This is a book of Bruno Taut, published first in 1938 in Turkish and in 1977 in German, then again last time in 2017. There is no English translation so far.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Cristina Silva

We continue our series “Architecture from the couch”. After Bo Christiansen in Copenhagen/Malmö, Anneke Bokern in Amsterdam/Rotterdam, Boris Strzelczyk in Valencia and Bettina Johae in New York, we are moving on to Portugal.

Fifth, our Guiding Architects partner Cristina Silva from Cultour in Porto and Lisbon reports.

The majority of us are currently sitting in our home offices and thus have no opportunity to explore the world. So we thought we bring the world to you. For this purpose we have asked our partners from Guiding Architects a few questions about the current situation.

Read their answers here and get a few tips on how the situation is dealt with in other countries and what you can see from home.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Cristina Silva

1. what is the situation like in your city?
Concerning our business, it has stopped completely. We still have some planned tours for June, but I don’t believe that they will take place and some other ones for fall. New requests aren’t coming in our email box anymore.
Concerning the country, almost everything is closed (schools, museums, non-essential businesses – restaurants are allowed to serve take-away) and people who are not obliged to work outside are asked to stay at home, unless they need to buy essentials/ go to the pharmacy, to doctor/ to exercise outside during some minutes.

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Cristina Silva © cultour

2. how do you look into the future?
We expect the future to be brighter than the present, as we have this wishful thinking that people’s wanderlust will remain and may even increase after being locked up in their own homes. On the other hand, we are afraid that the traveling fear will continue for some months after the pandemic stops (and we don’t know if there will be a second outbreak in the fall) in addition to an increasing ecological awareness related with (plane) traveling that was already existing and may have raised during this crisis.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Cristina Silva

3. What could be viewed digitally in your city (museum, gallery, archive)?
Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon offers a virtual visit.

As well Casa da Arquitectura in Porto, including a visit to the exhibition on Souto de Moura that ‘is’ now on display.

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Casa das Histórias Paula Rego © a-tour

4. name a positive initiative from your city, which has been created due to the current situation?
I think that the city governments are very busy dealing with the crisis and adapting their own services to these changes Like Zeynep (Istanbul) said, here there are also solidarity chains between neighboors more or less formal.

An initiative in Porto that involves architecture, more specifically balconies: The Festival Varandas® (Balconies Festival). It is a multidisciplinary event crossing theatre, music, poetry, new circus and presenting performances that turn balconies into stages. In these pandemic times our challenge for 29 March was to make your balcony your stage, and your neighbourhood your audience, creating a version of the festival in which Balconies are not only the stage, but the audience, as well. Here Instagram: festivalvarandas

5. give us 1 tip for an architecture book and/or a documentary on architecture and/or movie and/or podcast that you have enjoyed recently?                                                                         

There’s this movie called Columbus, by the Korean Kogonada (2017). Its plot takes place in Columbus, Indiana, USA, which is a small city of only 46,000 people, where some of the world’s most notable architects can be found and some of their very best work, like Eliel Saarinen, Eero Saarinen, Kevin Roche, I.M. Pei,among others.

Talking about Portuguese architecture and Portuguese architects we suggest the following movies:
– this documentary about Souto de Moura directed by Thom Andersen called Reconversion (2012) about 17 projects and buildings.

Having A Cigarette with Álvaro Siza, by Iain Dilthey (2016) narrated by Siza Vieira himself

Availabe on internet:
About 11 minutes talk with Álvaro Siza recorded in Porto, on youtube (2019?)

On September 25, 2015, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Architecture, presented Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza at the University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall. Available here.
Among many others that we could name.

We also must refer both catalogues edited this year of 2020:

One of the exhibition on a selection of the work of Souto de Moura up until now that is on display at Casa da Arquitectura, Matosinhos (the one we mentioned above, but it’s closed now of course): „Souto de Moura“, Yale University Press, 2020, ISBN: 9780300248654.

Another one of the exhibition on 30 projects by Siza that surveys Siza’s design proccess called Álvaro Siza Indiscipline, edited by Walther König; 2020, ISBN:978-9727393718

Herzog & de Meuron win urban planning competition for new Grasbrook district together with Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten

The urban development and open space planning ideas process that HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, together with the Hamburg Ministry of Urban Development and Housing and the Ministry of the Environment and Energy, had initiated for the new Grasbrook district on the southern bank of the Elbe has been completed. The public participation in the final phase and the final jury meeting were conducted in virtual form due to the corona crisis. The award-winning design by the Herzog & de Meuron and Vogt Landscape Architects team will now determine the overall urban and open-space planning image of the Grasbrook district.

Herzog & de Meuron win urban planning competition for new Grasbrook district together with Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten

location plan Grasbrook © Herzog & de Meuron and Vogt

The new district of Grasbrook is located opposite HafenCity, on the southern bank of the Elbe, and will be the new district neighbour to the west of the Veddel. The district is intended to be a fine-grained, mixed and lively place, but at the same time it has the potential for a globally exemplary sustainable project that takes limited resources into account. Approximately 3,000 apartments, both rented and owned, are planned for cooperatives and building societies, a third of which are subsidised apartments. The social infrastructure, including primary school and daycare centers, as well as new local amenities, sports and cultural activities, will also be located here. In addition, around 16,000 jobs will be created. Through innovative use and mobility concepts as well as improved access to public transport and generous green spaces, the Grasbrook is expected to bring direct benefits to the people in the surrounding districts.

Herzog & de Meuron win urban planning competition for new Grasbrook district together with Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten

For the urban and open space planning qualification of the new Grasbrook district of Hamburg, the objective was to create a high-quality functional planning with international participation as a basis for the subsequent development. The so-called competitive dialogue was chosen as the procedure, which allows for a continuous dialogue between the tenderers and planning offices and extensive public participation. As a particularly innovative element, open space planning was not processed as a “subsequent greening”, but as an equal competition component at the same time as urban development. The results of the comprehensive location analysis, the preliminary participation processes and initial approaches to the strategic innovation topics were incorporated as preliminary work.

Herzog & de Meuron win urban planning competition for new Grasbrook district together with Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten

Grasbrook perspective 1 © Herzog & de Meuron and Vogt

The entire Grasbrook competition process, which started in September 2019, was accompanied by an intensive participation process, which met with an extraordinarily high level of public interest in a mixture of public events and online offerings. Neighbours from Veddel, Rothenburgsort, Wilhelmsburg and HafenCity as well as Hamburg residents were invited to actively participate in the ideas process through four Grasbrook workshops with different thematic focuses, online participation and outreach surveys. The results of the discussion process were documented, evaluated and already included in the task of the “Competitive Dialogue”. Most recently, in January 2020, citizens took up the offer of an all-day citizens’ workshop to provide the designing planning offices with personal suggestions and tips for the final preparation of the final drafts. A total of around 2,500 citizens contributed their suggestions, fears and ideas to the Grasbrook ideas process. We reported on this.

Even after the decision of the Competitive Dialogue, the next planning steps will be accompanied by a variety of public participation opportunities. The results of the Competitive Dialogue are expected to be publicly exhibited again in autumn 2020 with plans and models and discussed in various public discussion formats. In autumn 2020, formal public participation will also start in the context of the B-Plan procedure.

Herzog & de Meuron win urban planning competition for new Grasbrook district together with Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten

Grasbrook perspective 2 © Herzog & de Meuron and Vogt

Since the first jury meeting on 3 December 2019, three selected international planning teams, each made up by the jury from an urban and open space planning office, have been working on concretising their ideas for the new Grasbrook district.

In the second and final jury meeting on 3 April, the jury, which was made up of various specialist disciplines and political representatives and chaired by Prof. Matthias Sauerbruch (sauerbruchhutton), awarded the following prizes.

  1. Price: Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd. (Basel) und VOGT Landschaftsarchitekten AG (Zurich)
  2. Price: Mandaworks AB (Stockholm) und Karres en Brands RB (Hilversum)
  3. Price: ADEPT ApS (Copenhagen) und Studio Vulkan Landschaftsarchitektur GmbH (Zurich)

These were special conditions under which this intensive one-and-a-half year process of ideas for Hamburg’s new Grasbrook district was completed. The corona pandemic required appropriate adjustments and innovative solutions. The planned public final presentation on the evening before the jury meeting was replaced by a 12-hour online participation. In order to come as close as possible to the original format, a comprehensive 20-minute video presentation and plans were provided for each team. Around 200 comments from interested citizens were received, evaluated overnight and brought to the jury meeting.

The all-day jury meeting the following day was also largely conducted in digital form as a video conference. For the jury members who were physically present, correspondingly large protective distances could be maintained in the 1,200 sqm hall of the Hamburg Cruise Center.

Urban planning ideas with Moldauhafenquartier, Hafentorquartier and Saalehafenquartier

With the award-winning design by the Herzog & den Meuron and Günter Vogt landscape architects team, the city has been given a “spatial timetable” that makes the leap across the Elbe River clear. With this design, Grasbrook is to become a new showcase district with a clear urban structure, with opportunities for sustainability innovations for a climate-neutral district.

For this purpose the Grasbrook was divided into three quarters: the Moldauhafen quarter, the Hafentor quarter and the Saalehafen quarter. In the middle, a five-hectare, elongated park, the city park “Veddelhöft”, is to be created with a lake, at the western tip of which the museum ship “Beijing” will later also be given its place. The large park is the core of the proposal, surrounded by residential areas. Existing listed buildings along the port facilities will be preserved and form a starting point for the new development.

Herzog & de Meuron win urban planning competition for new Grasbrook district together with Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten

Grasbrook perspective 3 © Herzog & de Meuron and Vogt

The extensive canopy of the Übersee-Zentrum will become a central open space in the new quarter. A number of commercial buildings will run along the road axis in the east and the port area in the south. The Übersee-Zentrum at the Moldauhafen harbour with shops, cafés and a weekly market is directly connected to the neighbouring district of Veddel by a wide pedestrian bridge. The new Grasbrook U-4 station will be built above the water – on stilts in the basin of the Moldauhafen, opposite the “Überseemeile”. Three high-rise buildings are also planned around the basin of Moldauhafen harbour.

Herzog & de Meuron based the facades of the planned buildings on the existing Hamburg architecture. In the Moldauhafen quarter facing HafenCity, for example, there will be white plastered facades with wooden buildings behind them. In the other two quarters red brick is to dominate. From above, however, the buildings will have a uniform appearance: greenery and solar panels. The new quarter combines everything that makes up the quality of life in Hamburg: living and working in the middle of the city and at the same time by the water.

Herzog & de Meuron win urban planning competition for new Grasbrook district together with Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten

Grasbrook perspective 4 © Herzog & de Meuron and Vogt

It is planned to complete the preliminary planning by summer 2021 with renewed intensive citizen participation.

The next steps are now the preparation of a detailed functional and development plan, the allocation of the plots of land and the further architectural planning of the individual buildings. The first building construction measures could begin in 2023.

Discover with us the newly planned Grasbrook district. You can learn more on our architectural tours.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Bettina Johae

We continue our series “Architecture from the couch”. After Bo Christiansen in Copenhagen/Malmö, Anneke Bokern in Amsterdam/Rotterdam and Boris Strzelczyk in Valencia, we are moving on to New York City.

Fourth, our Guiding Architects partner Bettina Johae from aplusnyc in New York City reports.

The majority of us are currently sitting in our home offices and thus have no opportunity to explore the world. We bring the world to you. For this purpose we have asked our partners from Guiding Architects a few questions about the current situation.

Read their answers here and get a few tips on how the situation is dealt with in other countries and what you can see from home.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Bettina Johae

1. what is the situation like in your city?
It’s pretty bad. NYC is very dense and most people rely on the subway for their commute. So no wonder we have the worst case load in the US, hospitals are already struggling and supplies are lacking and we are still at the beginning… Museums, galleries and schools are closed, as well as all non-essential businesses, restaurants so far are still allowed to offer take out; the High Line is closed, but in general parks and playgrounds are still open, but things change fast. We were informed on Sunday evening that the schools would not open the next day… So far school closures are announced until 4/20 and the museums are closed till 4/30, but there is a good chance that it will all last quite a bit longer.

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Bettina Johae © a-tour

2. how do you look into the future?
I am not really counting on much tour business in 2020. If we are lucky, maybe the fall tours can happen. I am hoping for 2021, when everybody will probably be eager to see and experience architecture, art and cities in general. I think after this period of seclusion, we will all value much more what our cities and the world in general has to offer.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Bettina Johae

3. What could be viewed digitally in your city (museum, gallery, archive)?
Many major museums already offer digital experiences…and I assume many others will follow:

The Guggenheim Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The MoMA offers tips for how to teach art to children and their film department curated a list of what to watch when you are stuck at home.

The Metropolitan Opera is offering every day free streamings of major performances from the past 14 years, each is available for 23 hours.

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Brooklyn Bridge © a-tour

4. name a positive initiative from your city, which has been created due to the current situation?
More an initiative from the people: Many more people used bikes in the last weeks to commute to work.

Streets have been closed to cars to provide more space for New Yorkers to go outside while social distancing…right now the following are close, more will probably follow:

Manhattan: Park Avenue between 28th Street and 34th Street.
Brooklyn: Bushwick Avenue between Johnson Avenue and Flushing Avenue
Queens: 34th Avenue from 73rd Street to 80th Street
Bronx: Grand Concourse between East Burnside Avenue and 184th Street

5. give us 1 tip for an architecture book and/or a documentary on architecture and/or movie and/or podcast that you have enjoyed recently?                                                                         

Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide – East Coast USA & West Coast USA by Sam Lubell, Phaidon (2 books)

Architecture from the couch: tips from Boris Strzelczyk

We continue our series “Architecture from the couch”. After Bo Christiansen in Copenhagen/Malmö and Anneke Bokern in Amsterdam/Rotterdam have made the beginning, we are moving on to Spain.

Third, our Guiding Architects partner Boris Strzelczyk from GA Valencia in Valencia reports.

The majority of us are currently sitting in our home offices and thus have no opportunity to explore the world. We bring the world to you. For this purpose we have asked our partners from Guiding Architects a few questions about the current situation.

Read their answers here and get a few tips on how the situation is dealt with in other countries and what you can see from home.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Boris Strzelczyk:

1. what is the situation like in your city?
We have curfew for one week and yesterday we were announced another 3 weeks. The city is completely empty and you are only allowed on the streets if you have a good reason for it. Police controls make sure that the population keeps to it.

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Boris Strzelczyk © GA Valencia

2. how do you look into the future?
I expect that group trips will be completely cancelled in 2020. All tours have been cancelled and some have postponed the trip for a year. At the moment I’m letting the whole thing come up and want to wait and see how it develops the next weeks.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Boris Strzelczyk

3. What could be viewed digitally in your city (museum, gallery, archive)?
Beats me. I know there are already online tours in some museums. These initiatives will probably increase in the next few weeks.

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Valencia Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias © a-tour

4. name a positive initiative from your city, which has been created due to the current situation?
At 20h00 all citizens of Spain stand on their balconies and applaud the hospital staff. It’s very emotional.

5. give us 1 tip for an architecture book and/or a documentary on architecture and/or movie and/or podcast that you have enjoyed recently?                                                                         

Oscar Niemeyer: A Vida é um Sopro ( Completo) / Life is a Breath (Full ) / english subtitles.

Jenfelder Au – Living on the former Lettow-Vorbeck barracks

On the approximately 35-hectare former site of the Lettow-Vorbeck barracks in Hamburg Jenfeld, the new urban quarter Jenfelder Au will be created by 2023 with several multi-storey residential construction projects as well as terraced and semi-detached houses with just over 1,000 residential units.

Jenfelder Au – living on the former Lettow-Vorbeck barracks

A new, central green axis with a newly created pond creates a quality of stay – it forms the backbone of the new Jenfelder Au district. For the first time, the “HAMBURG WATER Cycle®“, a novel wastewater concept from Hamburg Wasser, is being implemented on a large scale.

Jenfelder Au

Jenfelder Au Funktionsplan © West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v, Rotterdam

The new Jenfelder Au district at the interface between Jenfeld and Tonndorf is intended to be attractive and affordable for families as well as for different generations, nationalities and income levels. Individual townhouses, mostly condominiums, and multi-storey apartment buildings will complement the housing offer in Jenfeld. In large areas, the urban development concept envisages ensembles of urban townhouse types, which will be combined and strung together in a variety of ways to create a varied townscape.

Jenfelder Au

Jenfelder Au Ansicht Kühnbachteich © West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v, Rotterdam

A part of the barracks buildings from 1934/35 was listed as a historical monument and is to be preserved as a complete ensemble together with the former parade ground. Already today these are used by students of the Bundeswehr University. In the medium term they are to be converted for residential and social purposes.

Jenfelder Au

Jenfelder Au Wohnstrasse © West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v, Rotterdam

The planning process for the new Jenfelder Au district was based on intensive communication between all those involved from the very beginning. The district conference and interested citizens were already able to contribute their own proposals to the presentation colloquia during the phase of the urban development and landscape planning competition. The winning design by Büro West 8 was based on a broad consensus of local stakeholders – from which the Jenfeld 23 development plan was derived.

Hamburg Water Cycle®

Another special feature is the use of water and energy. The city-owned infrastructure company Hamburg Wasser wants to implement the “HAMBURG WATER Cycle®” drainage concept on a large scale for the first time. Rainwater, black water (from toilets) and grey water (other wastewater) are collected and used separately. All households are equipped with vacuum toilets so that the collected black water can be fed into a biogas plant. The biogas produced will be used to generate climate-neutral heat and electricity for the new Jenfelder Au neighbourhood in the district’s own combined heat and power plant.

Discover the Jenfelder Au with us. You can learn more on our architectural tours.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Anneke Bokern

We continue our series “Architecture from the couch”. After Bo Christiansen from Copenhagen / Malmö started it, we are now heading to the Netherlands.

Second, our Guiding Architects partner Anneke Bokern from architour in Amsterdam / Rotterdam reports.

The majority of us are currently sitting in our home offices and thus have no opportunity to explore the world. We bring the world to you. For this purpose we have asked our partners from Guiding Architects a few questions about the current situation.

Read their answers here and get a few tips on how the situation is dealt with in other countries and what you can see from home.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Anneke Bokern:

1. what is the situation like in your city?
There are fewer confirmed infections in the Netherlands than in most countries, but there is not much testing either. The death toll is actually quite high. Most cases are in the south of the country, where the skiing holidays ended late and many returnees brought the virus with them from northern Italy. By and large, the Dutch are quite fearless – sometimes too much so. Last weekend there was bright sunshine here, and people drove to the beaches in hordes, where many did not respect the distance rules. The receipt came last night when the government issued a ban on assembly until 1 June. Restaurants will also have to stay closed until then. Those who do not comply will pay hefty fines. Accordingly, the mood is now rather grim.

Architecture from the Couch: Tips from our Guiding Architect Partners

Anneke Bokern © architour

2. how do you look into the future?
I’d rather not get into prophecies. Two weeks ago I thought that everything would go relatively smoothly and was therefore quite wrong. I hope above all that we don’t cause an economic crisis and that life will be relatively normal again.

Architecture from the couch: tips from Anneke Bokern

3. What could be viewed digitally in your city (museum, gallery, archive)?
All major museums in Amsterdam – Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh, Stedelijk – now offer online guided tours of the collection.

The collection of the Boijmans Museum in Rotterdam can also be viewed as a 360° tour. But this is not due to Corona, but because the museum is closed anyway due to reconstruction.

How progressive Dutch museums are in the digital processing of works of art can also be seen (independently from Corona) at the Mauritshuis in The Hague. This online exhibition on Carel Fabritius’ “Goldfinch” is technically and editorially really insanely well done.

Architecture from the Couch: Tips from our Guiding Architect Partners

EYE Film Institute and Adam Turm © architour

4. name a positive initiative from your city, which has been created due to the current situation?
The ‘Support Your Locals‘ box: This is a food box with products from small manufacturers who are suffering from the crisis and the lockdown because they otherwise mainly supply the catering trade.

5. give us 1 tip for an architecture book and/or a documentary on architecture and/or movie and/or podcast that you have enjoyed recently?                                                                     Matching the quarantine: Xavier de Maistre, Voyage autour de ma chambre (The journey around my room), e.g. as podcast here.