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Map of Rijnkade Arnhem Masterplan
Map of Rijnkade Arnhem Masterplan

Route map of detailed building briefs
Route map of detailed building briefs

Section through detailed building briefs
Section through detailed building briefs

Exterior of Tension & Refuge
Exterior of Tension & Refuge

Interior of Machine & Vacuum
Interior of Machine & Vacuum

Interior of Hotel de Ville
Interior of Hotel de Ville

Interior of In Store
Interior of In Store




PROJECTINDEX
 
HYBRID INFRASTRUCTURES
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
ARCHITECTURE

A research-by-design study into the sustainable city, resulting in four fleshed-out subareas within the extreme compaction of the Rijnkade Arnhem urban masterplan.
These days, more than half the world's population lives in cities. So it is relevant to research sustainability at an urban scale. This final-year project steps off from the hypothesis that high density and a mix of functions make cities more dynamic, more efficient and, above all, more sustainable. An extremely dense, compact city is sustainable in that it creates the conditions for a wider diversity in function, activity and culture so that a rewarding and adaptable economic, social and cultural system ensues. It makes sustainable technologies easier to implement and takes the pressure off the surrounding landscape. Distances are reduced, increasing the possibility of walking and cycling and making public transport cheaper. Infrastructure nodes make it possible to weld the dynamic of a compact area with the areas round about. They are places where different people with different aims can meet and exchange goods, information and other commodities.
If the Western city of today often proceeds from a monofunctional infrastructure, Hybrid Infrastructures looks to another type, an infrastructure capable of taking up more than one duty and interweaving this with urban life. In the run-up, we did research into the potentials of integrating urban functions and infrastructure using object analyses. This gave us a catalogue of possibilities, which in turn was our source of inspiration when drawing up the urban masterplan for Rijnkade Arnhem, a case study for the zone of infrastructure, designed in a studio context, round the Mandelabrug traffic intersection at Arnhem. A study of Mannerism added a new inventive design attitude which gave manageable form to the complex design brief. In the urban plan, the extreme compaction and mix of functions, the hybridizing of the relationship between city and infrastructure and the virtuoso forms of Mannerism are drawn together.
The Rijnkade Arnhem plan steps off from a bottom-up approach. Just as cities are the outcome of a complex play of forces involving the most diversified of players, so this design is an elaboration of the play of forces obtaining between its four designers. 'A moduled form that, rather than being a finished product free of accidental flaws, is a source of modification and difference than entails an endless potential of forms in one and the same figure and is engaged in a becoming.'
(translated from: S. van Tuinen, 'Verwikkeld in een soort van serpentine: Deleuzes concept van het Maniërisme tussen Bacon en Barok', p. 10)
In the subsequent phase, each student fleshed out a subarea of the urban masterplan. Together the project sites mark out a key route in the masterplan and subscribe to the following programmes and theoretical frameworks: 1: An inner-urban furniture mall about an urban interior that opens up the regular shopping mall type using principles of the baroque city. 2: A productive and commercial node that interweaves arcadian and sublime, natural and artificial through a Deleuzean reading. 3: A decentrally organized city hotel, optimally hitched to the urban infrastructure itself, fuelled by theories on 'shared space' and the work of Henri Lefebvre. 4: A spiritual urban sanctuary oversailed by residential domains - one that recalls the Pantheon, the Cathedral of St Bavo in Haarlem and the Great Mosque of Córdoba - hitched to programmes for physical and mental relaxation.