/ Blog

To Xander, architecture goes much further than the projects on which he works on a day-to-day basis alone. This XVW architecture blog will present texts, articles, images, subjects and other musings on what fascinates Xander about architecture and its related disciplines. All response is highly appreciated. Please feel free to send Xander an email if you would like to discuss any of the topics: xander@xvwarchitectuur.nl. Have you browsed through our portfolio yet?

/ The Parool Triangle

Not all too long ago Wibautstraat was, in the eyes of many Amsterdam residents, the ugliest street in the city. The broad, fraying backbone of the street, with what appears to be a hotchpotch of modern ensembles…

/ The new ‘Fabric’ architect

At the invitation of Arcam, Olv Klijn and Eric Frijters of FABRIC spoke about what fascinates them at a presentation held on 11 October. Despite the football game on TV that evening, the conference hall at de Brakke Grond was filled to the rafters. This …

/ Building aesthetics – good idea

A short while ago, on the way home after a relaxing holiday in the Swiss Alps, I noticed something significant in the vicinity of Bern. What drew my attention was something seemingly trivial: the width, thickness and legibility of the temporary orange lines the Swiss …

/ See you again next year?

Just as in the year before, I visited the Provada. Last year I was genuinely surprised at how few architects had attended – easily recognizable among the typical ‘estate agent’ suits – and this year was no different. This year saw only two architectural firms …

/ Bottom-up: Six projects

Bottom-up is hot. You would almost think that it is something new. Of course that is not so; the current media attention is fuelled primarily by the stagnant situation – that may never again be alleviated – of top-down urban development. Will small-scale, often informal, …

/ Bottom-up: The Debate

After the presentation of six projects initiated from the bottom up one week earlier, Arcam hosted a debate on 14 April on the significance of similar projects for the city and its development in the broadest sense of the word: a top-down view on bottom-up. …