Blurring the Boundaries
Childhood memories of walking through diverse
atmospheres and characters of allotment gardens became the starting point for enhancing the quality and accessibility of the Volkstuinen in Westerpark, Amsterdam.
This project focuses on remodelling the experience of the route near the main entrance along the train tracks from Sloterdijk Station. Reconnecting the 'urbanscape' and the 'landscape' by expanding waterlines and introducing smaller scale routes towards the Allotment Park.
Sometimes a cut, such as a train track leading through an area can result in dividing neighbourhoods and limiting accessibility. By this gesture, the idea to reconnect (through nature) is breathed in, creating not only a new type of passage but a character and habitat as well.
A Tale of an Emerging Landscape (2018)
While walking the hilly landscape of my hometown and its surroundings, I started recognizing and consequently analyzing the significance of that natural landscape.
This movement through spatial configurations and specific environments we daily encounter became an inspiration for this project.
A landscape is a shared 3d reality that we experience instantaneously as one cohesive entity. Still, a landscape varies in character continuously. It manifests itself in various forms such as primeval and man-made ‘nature’, villages, cities or even a country.
Mankind was once part of a divinely natural landscape that, with our ’help’, has grown into what we encounter it as in our daily lives. Driven by the desire to make sense of the world around us, we began structuring and fragmenting the divine environment and shaped it towards our needs.
By constructing a landscape in three different,
interrelated phases, I zoom into how we organize
and therefore shape the environment around us. Proposing a tale of the changing landscape and mankind’s structuring activity.
Graduation Exhibition 'Long Live The New Flesh' 2018
Interior Architecture & Furniture Design Department
Royal Academy of Arts, Den Haag
‘Every day a new patch of land appeared and the landscape continued to grow.
Gradually each patch became intertwined by the tiny traces of those curious enough to explore something new. Walking back and forth. Repeatedly. But they would always find a way. And every time there appeared something new.’
A three dimensional story about an evolving imaginary land. Three phases of configuration and reconfiguration as the analogies of ‘The Land’, ‘The Cave and Tent’ and ‘The Hut’ are introduced.
‘The Land’ illustrates the irregular newborn terra, where the differences between man-made and natural elements remain unanswered.
‘The Cave and Tent’ represent the exploration of the land.
‘The Hut’ encapsulates the complexity of the modified land. In this phase, typology grows from the characteristics of the terra. Here is where settlements appear and the irregularity of the Land meets the strict, straight and organized lines of Man.
The storyline of ‘First Encounters: Landscapes and Morality’ (2018) serves as a storyteller in this project.
First Encounters: Landscapes and Morality (2018)
Award Winning Graduation Paper
What is natural and what is artificial? The conceptions of nature have been steadily evolving and changing over time and it is important to acknowledge that the human world and the natural world are both continuous and complementary.
Since man first encountered his environment with a conscious mind, he began classifying, organizing and using the natural world to fulfil his needs. Even this notion has not yet fully managed to disengage us in seeing nature separate from human life. This paper illustrates the natural landscape and the city. By flowing through these two contexts, the separation between the artificial and the natural is quelled.
Here nature is defined as an all-pervasive system, mankind is its element and morality is our drive
to organize things around us.