CHRIS IDEMA Architect

The Arc(k)
TU/e MSC. graduation

2014


For my graduation theses i explored the reason why the Dutch needed the urban escape provided by a traditional Dutch buitenplaats. It turns out that an escape from the hectic city has always been an important aspect in the lives of the proletarian man. The need fora n urban escape has since changed the way city planners created urban plans.

City planner Ebenezer Howard and his concept of the garden city is an example of such an urban plan. He generated the idea of the garden city in a time when countries were beginning to urbanize and there were squalid living and working conditions. Conditions where the working class was unable to afford a decent home. Ebenezer Howard’s response was just one of many visions that spoke of a better future, with the key difference being that he aimed to produce a scheme that was both realistic and achievable. Particular, his idea that working together under the right set of conditions and control could improve the lives of the proletarian inspires me. This utopian model provides a social order as well as the desired spatial order. In terms of the social aspect, it provides goals for the polity, a mode of existence and way of cooperation. The model argues for a self-sustaining, cooperative, informal and clear social and local scale. The model sets goals for spatial usage, greenness and design. Those goals are in part related to the expression of social

order, and for another part related to the expression of social order, and for another part related to shaping the conditions which help reach the wanted social order. By integrating social and spacious dimensions, the special order gives shape to the social order and in reverse

I am drawn to the idea of fitting the individual into a greater plan, where one becomes many and many become one again. This way of thinking and designing can be used in order to find a new meaning to the word ‘buitenplaats’ in an abstract form.

In this graduation studio, the geographical border is an important aspect. The border can be seen as a dividing line between nations, habits, culture, etc. however, it also brings an interesting aspect with itself in a way that this separation of culture and expertise is something in which we, as the ones on the other side of this line, can learn from. In this graduation studio, i tried to generate a space in the border where there is no line, an can be learned from. I generate a space within the border where there is no line between countries, but some sort of neutral zone where “proletarians of all classes” can come together. In this space, the proletarian can bring the knowledge on their side and, by interacting with others, fuse this with the knowledge and history of the proletarian

from the other side of the nation’s border line. The combining of border opposites is generated in order to be knowledgeable and inspired. Instead of the border being the edge of otherness, consider the border as an opportunity for people to come together to work on the same goals and create togetherness.

I am drawn to the idea of fitting the individual into a greater plan, where one becomes many and many become one again. This way of thinking and designing can be used in order to find a new meaning to the word ‘buitenplaats’ in an abstract form.

The practical application, being the search for a program and generation of an architectural solution for this found program, is defined within my graduation product. Besides outlining the history of urban escape and the identity of the border, i also examined entrepreneurs within the Dutch borders and its neighbouring countries. Entrepreneurial endeavours often fail within the first two years. Common reasons for entrepreneurial failure include: lack of good network, space, administrational skills and access to experts within the field. These common problems can be solved by generating an experiment with the help of three municipalities and architecture. This is precisely done within this project and I would love to tell you more

The Netherlands, Eindhoven, TU/e

Type:
University graduation

Project Team:

Chris Idema
Client: Technical University Eindhoven

Area: 3000 m²
Construction design
Social architecture
wood design