Evolutionaries - NOAHH
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People can improvise the city; people can improvise architecture. That means the city shouldn’t resist `{`its`}` inhabitants, but obey `{`its`}` inhabitants... We need to get back to elasticity. - Yona Friedman


The world’s population is growing at a rapid rate. At this moment, more than half of the population lives in urban areas – a percentage that is likely to grow to 68% by 2050. Space is becoming increasingly scarce, which means that the use of space needs to be much more efficient and effective than ever before. Managing densification and retaining urban quality are among the key tasks of today’s architect, developer and urban planner. The city of the future will be constantly evolving and we will need to seek creative solutions to tailor-made housing and mixed-use environments. In future, the identity of the city will not just be determined by iconic buildings, but by the facilities that the city incorporates. Buildings shape our social life and are vital for the exchange of knowledge too. When we think about our contemporary urban environment, it’s important to bear in mind an increasing densification of usages, as well as encouraging the opportunities for people to meet with one another.


The constant and rapidly evolving and densifying city is a new development in contemporary architecture and urbanism. We believe that long-term visions on architecture and urbanism will not provide a solution to dealing with this phenomenon, since the future is so unpredictable. Our current society demands that architecture evolves beyond rigid structures and, subsequently, that urbanism shifts from being identified with the physical entity of the city and more towards a placemaking approach. This is the starting point for our research on EVOLUTIONARIES – evolutionary architecture, architecture that is constantly in motion, adaptive architecture through time, responding to change and sustainable due to its flexibility and 24/7 use.EVOLUTIONARIES is a catalyst and part of a larger whole, a platform for bringing together an extensive network. Organising this programme will attract new partners, stimulate new collaborations, experiments and crossovers, and provide space for innovation and research aimed at the future of architecture.


The programme will present a series of workshops and debates at five different locations around the world – from China to South Africa and from the Netherlands to the US. The findings will be showcased in a final exhibition and will be accompanied by a publication, which will serve as a reference work. We will explore the theme further by involving regional researchers, platforms, cultural hubs, architects and universities, and the programme will be developed in collaboration with local partners.Conducting research in these different locations will create an extra dimension, as the reflection will include various cultural and contextual perspectives. This interactive set-up will offer added value for the publication and the exhibition because it ensures a greater exchange of knowledge. Our ambition is to create a qualitative reference work and for city makers and designers to make our vision a toolkit for future-proof architecture that contributes to the worldwide discourse on adaptive evolutionary architecture.

CASESTUDIES // Milan-Detroit-Amsterdam-Cape Town-Wuhan & Shenzhen
NOAHH is researching this theme of evolutionary architecture in five different cities in transition: from extreme de-densification to extreme densification. We will look for examples that the Netherlands can learn from in terms of adaptability and placemaking. The decision to focus on these five cities is based on demographic and economic factors, as well as taking into account the rich historical past of these cities as centres of trade.How do these vibrant global cities deal with the concept of liveability and placemaking in an urban context in their own unique way? What can we, as Dutch architects, learn from these case studies? How can we make these areas more sustainable by making better use of space? What do we expect the different outcomes to be for these specific geographical locations?