DUS architects (NL)
DUS architects, founded in 2004 by Hedwig Heinsman, Martine de Wit and Hans Vermeulen, builds ‘public architecture’: Architecture that influences the public domain using scale 1:1 models, urban process- and strategy design, and that ranges from temporary interiors to long-term urban transformation trajectories. www.dusarchitects.com
DUS thinks of architecture as a craftsmanship, and we see great importance in having a direct contact with the people for whom we build. By starting each project with a small ‘gift’ - temporary follies that could range from an outdoor terrace, to special cookies in the shape of a building, to an elongated front door - we establish a dialogue between ourselves and the community, resulting in valuable input for the design process. In present-day largely bureaucratic building practices, DUS brings developer, (future) inhabitants and municipality around one table. By designing and hosting special events, workshops and design sessions, mutual understanding is created and people are more willing and devoted to the project. In this manner, DUS currently leads big urban projects, such as the design of a neighbourhood of 80 dwellings in Apeldoorn, and the design of 150 dwell units in a commune-district in Nieuwegein. In 2006 our approach, dubbed ‘DUS-method’, was awarded the RMNO-price by the Dutch advisory council for research on spatial planning, nature and the environment.
In our built work so far, this hands-on approach is shown by an innovative use of common materials, like a skin of woven inner bicycle tubes, or a porch made out of recycled front doors. Our work aims to confuse and trigger a response, continuously testing and distorting the borders between the private and public.
A-Z lectures take place on Tuesday at Zebrazaal at Z33.
Entrance is free, but registration is required.
Save your seat and fill out the registration form for the A-Z lecture by DUS architects here.