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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This was seen most clearly by Frank Bijdendijk, the director of a large not-for-profit housing corporation in Amsterdam. Taking away the fixed floor plan of the dwelling unit was taking away the focus of the proces of design realization. I personally johb architect N. Indeterminacy in Spatial Design, Planning and Management.

Spatial Agency: John Habraken

Architects and critics generally deplored the lack of pictures as to what supports might look like. Edited reprint of the English edition. The Molenvliet project of the early seventies demanded a new way to value formal approval of subsidized housing as well as a willingness by the non-profit institution that owns the project to support ongoing change of individual dwellings when user preferences shift when children move out or when new occupancy is in order. The ideas of the foundation, which focused on alter- native housing design, attracted national and international interest.

Those days in Boston were productive but also exciting especially when researchers from the Open Building movement deservedly honored Habraken for his unquestionable contributions in the field of architecture – an unforgettable event organized by Prof. Where the commercial developer needs to make a short term profit, long term ownership of a support building has its own economic advantages. 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.

SAR developed a method by which a link could be made between the actual base building and the range of floor plans it made possible. Habraken explains the potential of the Open Building approach in architectural practice. One of the major innovations in this project is the fact that Utida, true to his concept of three dimensional urban design, invited other architects to design the interior units of very different sizes.


And individuals who have never heard of this book keep discovering it by themselves. This allows users to have a meaningful participation in the design of their homes, can accommodate self-building and is a highly flexible building model that can be adapted as required.

An Alternative Explanation’, Architects Journal, In Habraken was appointed professor at Eindhoven University of Technologyand charged with the responsibility to set up its new Department of Architecture and serve as its first chairperson. Hundred years later municipal officials launched a participatory project.

This not only triggered an open ended contract with Khari and Tocoman, but also demonstrated a profitable model for the commercial development of for-sale Open Building residential units. What I considered a statement of humility – after all there was not much we could do to influence events, but we should seek to understand them – was promptly denounced as one of arrogance.

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.

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This is considered an issue of management and resource allocation, as exempilfied in the work of organisations such as Habitat for Humanity or the Community Design movement of the US. The core of the problem was one of evaluation. 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.

So far the idea has refused to die. The so-called Molenvliet project in the Dutch town of Papendrecht comprises some one hundred dwelling units for rent. The book argues a distinction in large residential projects of the base building, called ‘support’ and the fit-out, called ‘infill’.

While commercial developers increasingly leave occupancy of office space to the renters of such spaces, they remain wary of this approach in residential for-sale projects.


He is one of the most controversial architects of his generation essentially concerned to the redefinition of the role of the architect. In Habraken’s method, the large-scale physical infrastructure is designed and built by the technicians-architects, engineers and construction companies-working with the State, whilst the infill is provided by a small-scale, individualised approach.

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Retrieved from ” https: Valkenburg the initial English language edition. 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.

John Habraken john habraken. Others saw in it as a subversive tract, inciting the masses.

The th edition of OASE is almost out! Variations, the Systematic Design of Supports.

Abstract The economic crisis of the last few years has had an impact habrzken the domain of spatial planning and architectural practice. Habraken is the initiator of the international ” Participation movement” in architecture. An interesting interview with guest-editor Marius Schwarz about his experience researching, co-editing, and co-designing OASE Moreover these technical facilities may be found in very different parts of the dwelling surface.

An Alternative to Mass Housing London: An Alternative to Mass Housing in Form and Control in the Built Environmented. In what follows I will mention five projects that each added important new insights to our understanding of the potential of the OB approach. In the sixties it was denounced as oppressive because it subscribed to industrialization and its inevitable manipulation by big habrakfn. He is best-known for his concept of separating the physical infrastructure of buildings into support and infill, developed in the book Supports: Wiewel and Sue Gibbons from the original Dutch publication: It aims to understand it in order to make it possible into the context of Brazilian contemporary architecture.