Habraken wrote a book called ‘Supports’ which proposed a method of mass housing where the ‘support’ or base building is separated from. Supports: An Alternative to Mass Housing [N. J. Habraken] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The architecture / housing / urbanism book that launched the Supports / Open Building movement John F.C. Turner · out of. Entrevista a John Habraken Almost fifty years after the publication of your book Supports, and with the mass housing dominating us, your theories are still.

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There are also echoes of this in the work of DEGW on office design, where they adapt the idea of support and infill to fit the life-cycles of office buildings. The initial English edition was almost scuttled because I refused to have illustrations included while the publisher argued an habrqken book without pictures would not sell.

One of the major innovations in this project is the fact that Utida, true to his concept of three dimensional urban design, invited habrzken architects to design the interior units of very different sizes.

The Solids projects initiated by Frank Bijdendijk in Amsterdam demonstrate in particular the investment policy compatible with long life sustainable housing as well as the architectural challenge and opportunities created by such a strategy. It also allowed for a single structural principle to be built continuously and efficiently supportts a urban scale, without producing deadening repetition or uniformity because the courtyards could all be different in size and the dwelling units also were individually diffferent and could express their individuality by shaping their own facades from predetermined elements and selected colors.

Once available, the range allowed judgment and comparison. But it is a safe bet that, while new ways of cooperation are the essence of Open Building, there is not suports single good model.

Spatial Agency: John Habraken

This page was last edited on 10 Februaryat The th edition of OASE is almost out! In it’s ‘conclusion’ the English edition says ” There is no question of invention here, but rather of a certain insight”. An interesting interview with guest-editor Marius Schwarz about his experience researching, co-editing, and co-designing Jon Habraken’s approach is complemented by those of John Turner and Colin Wardboth of whom focus on the social and economic aspects of housing provision with a similar model.

Languages Deutsch Nederlands Edit links. In what follows I will mention five projects that each added important new insights to our understanding of the potential hohn the OB approach. The structure is U shaped around a garden courtyard and has a public path going up five floors to end at another public roof garden.


The INO intensive care hospital project in Bern, Zwitserland, contains valuable experience in the application of the multi-level approach not just in a complex building project, but particularly in the re- organization of a institutional organization in control of large public building facilities.

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He was exactly right. Hundred years later municipal officials launched a participatory project. Their joint submission to the competition did not only offer a support design but also a detailed procedure in dealing first with individual would-be occupants to help them plan their units providing instant costs information, to then pass on the detailed specification and technical details to the builder.

Whatever the case, I was convinced that the separation of support and infill was inevitable in the long run. The capacity of a support structure principle to shape a urban fabric is still new to professional thinking and after all these years the Molenvliet project is still a path breaking concept still receiving visitors from other countries.

It disproved the general notion that Open Building might be good for the users but could not be profitable for commercial developers. Neither of the two lists mentioned above are exhaustive. The distinction between the responsibilities of different professionals operating on different levels of intervention in a new way was most radically implemented in a more general way in the design of a large intensive care hospital in Bern, Switzerland.

He designed a fabric of courtyards some of which were accessed from a street and gave access to the units in the four floor structure while others served as garden space for the units around it. Mass housing was based on the single, standardized, floor plan to be repeated as many times as possible, preferably throughout the entire building. The Kanton Building Office is responsible for all public buildings of the Bern region, including buildings for the local university.

In his seminal book “Supports” Habraken proposes the separation supprts “Supports” or base buildings ojhn “Infills” in residential construction and design as a means of giving inhabitants a nabraken participative role in the design process. How could a client know that the support design, proposed by the architect, was indeed the best possible design?

The residential area Bomenbuurt was planned by Berlage in The potential of a support structure as an addition to the urban field was worked out in a different way in the year in the Next21 project in Osaka, Japan.

An Alternative to Mass Housing”first published inis the manifesto and starting point of this movement. Giorgio Macchi re-organized his office to apply the two level distinctions to all projects.


The Dutch edition sold about forty copies per year and it took ten years before an English translation appeared. Most importantly, the architect, Frans van der Werf decided that a support structure – because it did not define the dwelling units themselves – could be applied on a large scale and, as such, make for an urban fabric in which public open spaces were shaped.

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English translation by W. An Alternative Explanation’, Architects Journal, Read all about it in the flyer. His theoretical research has earned him international fame. Indeterminacy in Spatial Design, Planning and Management. Frans van der Werf; Open Ontwerpen. An Alternative to Mass Housingwhich was first published in From tohe was Director of SAR Foundation for Architects Research in the Netherlands, researching and developing methods for the design and construction of adaptable housing.

Perhaps we should go deeper on what OB wants to do and what has been done both in terms of projects and in terms of ways of working.

Whilst in the provider model housing is seen as a physical and technical problem that can be solved through mass production and regulation, in order to ensure quality and standards, the support model acknowledges the dispersed nature of resources in society, focusing instead on social infrastructure.

This is the universe to be shared here. His book “The Structure of the Ordinary” is an investigation of laws governing the built environment as revealed by patterns of transformation. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Soportes, una alternativa al alojamiento de masasAlberto Corazon, Madrid, date? Others saw in it as a subversive tract, inciting the masses.

To implement this approach a first competition was called for the primary structure without any specific functional interior subdivision. Both initiatives were made in the conviction, based on research and experience, that long term investment, coupled with adaptability, is the best guarantee for an economic and ecological responsible building policy. But while that may be, it seems to me, that this evidence also points out that the future professional establishment will be much more flexible itself and will have the capacity to organize each project in response to its particular needs.