Humanity has never changed as much as it has in the last 20 years, in social interactions, economical systems, our living environment in cities and neighbourhoods or in the on-going globalisation. We educate our students not only to creatively respond to a world of constant changes, but particularly to help shape possible future events into advantages for humanity through design by introducing interior architecture as a situated practice. We help them develop a strong understanding of appropriate research methodologies in art and design practice-led research, specifically relating to approaches as critical thinking, performance, grounded theory, creative writing and curatorship. Thus re-thinking what society needs now to face the challenges of the future.
Urban public spaces need educational aspects that promote play and generate a sense of community. To encourage children and adults to go out on the street, the project aims to transform the city into an ageless playground .
Rosie van Beuningen
Students increasingly suffer with the pressure of performance. How can we create a school environment where they can find balance between stress and rest by introducing slow motion, responding changes and dancing through space?
Starting from the Western and Japanese’s perception, I am developing another notion of architectural space, a place man can inhabit, but also a moment he experiences his presence in the relationship with the outside world.
My goal is to make people aware of their communication with a spatial design, by using choreography as a design tool. Architects and choreographers are ultimately both space artists. The square as a theatre!
Cille van den Brink
Our current supermarkets consist of a large range of (pre-)packaged foods. In the future, these products will be offered online so that the physical supermarket can be transformed into a food experience.
Spiritual space is taking on the role of chapels in the context of globalization, to offer repose. My thesis tries to figure out how can space serve as a mediator between physical and mental being.
Fenne van den Heuvel
Literature and architecture
By examining known architecture and experimenting on a case study poem, I developed five methods (representation, movement, order, meaning, and feeling) that can be used to convert literature into architecture.
We work at various locations, a "privacy workplace" in a "retail" environment seems impossible. By controlling, personalizing and indicating your workplace you create privacy. Is a workplace in a store possible now?
Being part of a place means being in a dynamic relationship with it. The place is inherently connected with all the activities in and around it.
How can the gap between the past and the future of inner city life in Paramaribo be bridged appropriately? My design method combines what is left of a damaged traditional wooden house with modern technologies.