We are happy to announce that together with Buur, ndvr is commissioned to develop a sustainable vision for future urban development in the city of Mortsel. The assignment focuses on developing concrete instruments to deal with the increasing pressure of real-estate development and densification while strengthening existing spatial qualities. Ndvr focuses on analysing local socio-spatial dynamics with a focus on housing needs and development trends, based on focused interviews with local stakeholders and workshops, to feed the development of a spatial framework
51n4e and ndvr joined forces, to develop a vision for the Maritime Park Droogdokkeneiland in Antwerp, a site housing 9 historical drydocks, to transform the location into an active museum: displaying a rich collection of maritime heritage, while at the same time being a place where people work, and space is created for entrepreneurship, innovation and public events. Ndvr is organising an interactive process, involving a variety of stakeholders, in order to combine the process of spatial visioning with the search for innovative organisational models to ensure an active and dynamic site. In cooperation with rebel for financial and feasibility studies and Witteveen+Bos for mobility and engineering, technical studies.
Participeren vraagt om vaardigheden, bij burgers maar ook bij belangenorganisaties en overheden. Met het VRP Lab Participeren willen we deze vaardigheden in kaart brengen en zoeken hoe deze aangeleerd kunnen worden.Read More
During the summer of 2015 Ndvr & Architecture Workroom Brussels mapped neighborhood projects, ideas and networks in Ghent Muide-Meulestede as a start of the Concept Study. On the 6th of October the results where presented in the form of a very large model and discussed by the neighbors. Ideas where added, liked and disliked. This kickoff was the start of a series of workshops regarding the position of the neighborhood in the harbor, the social neighborhood and the productive neighborhood that will result in an opportunity map and a call to action to participate in future neighborhood projects.
On August 20th we celebrated our first official birthday! Ndvr was already active in Den Dam in the summer of 2013, but we officially founded our office in the summer of 2014. Professor Oswald Devisch of the University of Hasselt reflected on 'one year ndvr' and wrote this text (in Dutch) about it, which he also declared on our birthday party.
In cooperation with space&matter ndvr is assisting the city of Genk to initiate and coordinate a strategic process to kickstart the further development of the masterplan LO2020. Based on an approach combining participation, strategy-making, marketing and organic spatial development our team aims to overcome some thresholds and challenges while building further upon tangible successes such as the redevelopment of Nieuw-Sledderlo and the existing social network.
On 19th of May city officials, neighborhood representatives, project developers and ndvr gathered in the city hall of Antwerp for the official signing of a participation charter for the development of the Slaughterhouse area of Antwerp. A steering committee with all involved stakeholders will be organized 3-monthly to assess the progress of the project. Since 2013 ndvr is guiding both the neighborhood committee and the city of Antwerp in the development process of this area.
Job and task description
Ndvr is looking for a new colleague to join the team and work on a range of projects in the socio-spatial field going from research to design consultancy and process guidance. Ndvr works for architects, planners, (local) governments, project developers, NGO's, and universities.
Ndvr is looking for a hands-on team member to execute a variety of tasks such as researching, drawing, mapping, writing, designing and guiding participative processes and workshops, and making competition-, design- and research proposals.
Qualifications and competences required
- Ndvr is a mission-driven social enterprise and expects all team members to share its values and support the mission to increase social potential in spatial projects.
- The applicant is required to have a master degree (or postgraduate / PhD) in one of the following fields: architecture, urban/spatial planning, human settlements, sociology, social geography.
- The applicant is expected to show interest in the combination of social and spatial challenges and can show a portfolio that resembles experience and insight in this area.
- The applicant should show competence in research methods, drawing/sketching and observation/mapping skills.
- The applicant is required to be skilled in graphical and architectural software.
- The applicant is required to speak, read and write Dutch and English fluently. Notions of French is an advantage.
Apply with motivation letter, cv and portfolio.
On March 17th, the Flemish government presented the results of the new 'City Monitor'. Ndvr contributed to this event with a reflection on indicators for sustainable urban development and 'Gross Urban Happiness', based on the Bhutanese concept of Gross National Happiness.
The Brussels government and Beliris want to qualitatively redevelop the public space on the Brussels ringway between the Louizalaan and the Naamsepoort. The goal is to strengthen this high end shopping street in their competition with new shopping malls that are coming up in the Brussels region. The Brussels government wants to understand the concerns and expectations of the neighborhood and organizes meetings with the shop owners and neighbors. Ndvr is asked to guide this proces and translate the output into spatial conditions for the masterplan of this redevelopment.
An article on our research at the Dam in "Ruimte" (2014, 24) - the journal of the Flemisch Planning Association www.vrp.be
Ndvr wins wins assignment for the city of Antwerp to research safety and public space.
The coming year ndvr and Social Spaces wil actively research safety and public space in the city of Antwerp, Belgium. The approach of the proposed research is twofold. Ndvr wil experiment with methods and tools to map the existing problems regarding safety and public space. Besides that the team will research and develop an approach for spatial strategies that takes into account the complex interaction between the use, the physical specifications and the perception of public space. In this search for solutions design proposals and policy interventions should go hand in hand.
Ndvr contributed to the conference: FLOWS & FUNDING – New ways of funding civic infrastructure 23th of August in Rotterdam.
Material flows through cities need efficient redesign, their corresponding infrastructures need massive investment. In a context of municipal budget cuts and the proliferation of online communities, urban developments are increasingly funded by alternative means. Can we scale up locally funded community projects to include civic infrastructure? How will this influence the practice of urban design and development? And what kind of cities will this result in?
Egbert Fransen (Pakhuis de Zwijger) – Civic economy and the city
Indira Van’t Klooster (‘A10 new European architecture’ magazine and ‘Reactivate! Emerging architecture from the Netherlands’ publication)
Ramon Marrades (University of Valencia, Urbego) – Economics of culture, participatory governance, South European cities, new ways of self-organisation, do-it-yourself urbanism
Bryan Boyer (Brickstarter, Sitra, Helsinki) (pre-recorded interview)
Daniela Brahm and Les Schliesser (Ex-Rotaprint Berlin) (pre-recorded interview)
Gorka Espiau (Young Foundation) (pre-recorded interview) – Social innovation and the city
and Daniela Patti and Levente Polyak (Wonderland)
Maarten Desmet and Tim Devos (ndvr, B)
Thomas Dieben (Denieuwegeneratie, NL)
Alison Killing (Killing Architects, NL)
Marco Lampugnani (Snark Space Making, Italy)
Chanfang Luo (Architecture In Development, NL)
Dario Tundo and Lorenzo Cristoforetti (IRA-C collective, Italy)
Gonzalo Herrero Delicado (UK)
Vera Sacchetti (Portugal, Switzerland)
Brendan Cormier (Canada, the Netherlands)
and Carlo Venegoni (New Generations)
Marthijn Pool (Space and Matter architects, NL) – creating communities of clients
Jan Jongert (Superuse Studios, NL) – urban flows as a starting point to architecture and urban design
Douwe Jan Joustra (Circular Economy) – circular economy and urban development
Alexander Keizer (Urbannerdam) – DIY houses and other new forms of real estate development
and Jason Hilgefort, Chris Luth and Floor Cornelisse (Pamflet)
Schiekade 201, 3013 BR Rotterdam, the Netherlands
At the close of the 2014 International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam (IABR) and on the eve of the opening of the partly crowd funded Luchtsingel or Air Canal, PAMFLET looks to merge some of the lessons from the current biennale about the urban metabolism with some of the emerging questions of the upcoming biennale about the next economy.
There has been a massive shift in populations toward cities, straining on our urban systems. Our greater understanding of the flows through cities (whether they are mineral, biological, digital, etc.) has increased our appreciation of the complexity of urban networks. Many have speculated that these flows must not be seen as separate, but could be more strategically utilized and grouped in order to maximize efficiencies and create spatial qualities.
–Funding the flows
However, while the need for investing in effective urban flows expands, many municipal government budgets have been slashed. Partially as a response, many alternative forms of funding have emerged – community activated, crowd sourced, etc. Is it possible to merge these two contradictory realities? Can we devise new forms of funding urban infrastructures?
–Scaling-up the bottom-up
We thus address one of the core questions of urban development in a period torn between tiny community driven initiatives and massive (inter)national projects. Alternative forms of funding may well become a complement to and even a viable alternative for existing forms of government funded infrastructure projects in the urban realm. Is that desirable? And, if so: How might we actually fund civic infrastructure?
–New communities, new clients, new business
A third series of questions addresses the entrepreneurial dimension of those involved in urban development. Innovative design and development practices are tapping into social media to create online communities of clients. Are they an attractive alternative to the traditional business model with its static and hierarchical client-designer relationship?
–In short: How can new forms of funding improve urban flows and impact our cities?
– AIR, Rotterdam
AIR is the architecture centre of Rotterdam. It challenges to have a public and professional conversation about architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture in the Rotterdam region.
– New Generations, Madrid
As a result of the economic crises, New Generations has been investigating innovative approaches to architecture as developed by young European firms since 2010. Its meetings and research projects activate international collaboration and knowledge exchange between students, architects and other creative professionals. Its growing network is active in Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Belgium and Poland.
– Wonderland Architecture, Vienna
Wonderland – Platform for European Architecture is a Vienna-based network that fosters the exchange of experience, information and knowledge between young European architecture and planning practices. Its workshops and collaborations bring together young practitioners with designers, planners, NGOs, social scientists, economists and real estate specialists.
–PAMFLET Urban Debate, Rotterdam
Various parties in Rotterdam have joined forces in order to promote public discussion about the future of the city. Together they present PAMFLET, the new debate events about spatial, social, political economic and cultural dimensions of the city.
–ZUS (for Sunday programme)
Hoe start je een ruimtelijk veranderingsproces zonder direct een ruimtelijk ontwerp te willen realiseren?Read More
For the second time ndvr was invited to give a guest lecture at the Summerschool on City Development at the University of Antwerp.
About the Summerschool
Issues on City Development (e.g. mobility, infrastructure & access, environment, city systems, cosmopolitan values, migration) gain importance in our everyday life. This calls for an in-depth study, for theoretical frameworks and practical visions. The objective of this Intensive Programme is to combine academic and non-academic international expertise to provide a new, multidisciplinary and international view on the subject of City Development and to build up transnational sharing of knowledge between master & PhD students and academic experts and non-academic professionals. Therefor an international partnership was created. Universidad de Valladolid, Université du Havre, Université de Strassbourg, Universidad de Oviedo, University of Ljubljana, Nottingham Trent University, University of Rijeka, Università Ca'Foscari Venezia and University of Antwerp combined their expertise on the subject and a sound and multidisciplinary program was developed.