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IABR 2021- Dordrecht

The public space as a Machine

For the IABR and the municipality of Dordrecht, we conducted research into the transformation potential of the Staart, an area in Dordrecht, under the supervision of West 8.

The IABR–Atelier Dordrecht has chosen to wield water safety as a lever and to take the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a starting point in the design process. The research by design done by Studio Donna van Milligen Bielke with Ard de Vries Architects investigated which structure of urbanization this can lead to on De Staart. The results demonstrate that in this scenario the development of the outdoor space should be leading. Especially since that outdoor space will have a dual function. On a daily basis it will be used as public space, with all the specific qualities required for that purpose. But in the event of flooding that same space has to transform quickly and efficiently into an effective infrastructure for evacuation.

Designing a multifunctional city with high density, water safety and the SDGs at the heart of the program of requirements therefore starts with designing the outdoor space.



Project: IABR 2021
Client: IABR - Gemeente Dordrecht

Supervision: West 8
Location: Dordrecht

Year: 2021
Status: exhibition
Team: Ard de Vries Architecten & Studio Donna van Milligen Bielke

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