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FABRIC. Architecture. Urbanism. Regional Strategies.

FABRIC is a knowledge intensive design practice, which is conducted by Eric Frijters and Olv Klijn. Their involvement in architecture, urbanism and research results in FABRICations, which appear in a large variety of media ranging from actual buildings to visual representations and written texts.

FABRIC concerns testing. Thinking while doing rings our motto, whereas a hands-on approach ultimately leads to knowledge based designs. Our aim is to challenge our clients into a joint adventure. The goal is to find innovative solutions during a common process in which the client is seen as a partner in the project.

In each project FABRIC largely invests in research to expand the available knowledge. We believe that this is necessary to widen the amount of possible solutions. To make sure that this is also the most accurate knowledge FABRIC regularly forms alliances with other offices.

FABRIC won the Prix the Rome 2010 for architecture, which is the most prestigious prize for young architects in the Netherlands that is awarded once in four years.

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Start of Atelier Omgevingsvisie Fryslân


A new national law (‘Omgevingswet’) turning effective in 2017 will require national government, provinces and municipalities to set up integral spatial plans in a long-term vision document: the ‘Omgevingsvisie’. This new, complex type of plans will replace a large number of the current vision and planning documents, such as structural plans, nature protection plans, infrastructure plans etcetera.

The Province of Fryslân organizes an Atelier Omgevingsvisie Fryslân in order to explore and prepare the provincial Omgevingsvisie. The Atelier, mentored by Eric Frijters (FABRIC), Sandra van Assen (Sandra van Assen Stedenbouw) and Architectuur Lokaal, has made a selection of eight young architects, urbanists and landscape architects. Together with experts and stakeholders, the Atelier will investigate the spatial future of the province, setting up pop-up sessions at several locations throughout the province. On the 10th of May was the start of the series with a meeting at the Provinciehuis and a first excursion.

Everyone interested is invited to join. For more background information, the Atelier’s agenda and contact data, please visit the website of Atelier Omgevingsvisie Fryslân.

FABRIC at IABR-2016-The Next Economy


The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam is officially opened! Did you miss the event (and the book launch of FABRIC’s ‘The Metabolism of Albania’)? Here’s an overview of everything FABRIC at IABR-2016-The Next Economy:


IABR−Atelier Brussel: The Productive Metropolis BXL
IABR with the Brussels Metropolitan Area, Province of Flemish Brabant, Ruimte Vlaanderen, OVAM
Atelier Master: Mark Brearley (CASS Cities)
Architecture Workroom Brussels, .FABRIC, Architecture Workroom Brussels,
FABRIC/Circle Economy/ULB-LoUIsE, CENTRAL/Maxime Delvaux/Eva Le Roi, Plusoffice architects, Spacelab, URA
Brussels, Belgium

Atelier Albania
iabr/UP and 51N4E with the Ministry of Urban Development Albania, Strategic Office of the Prime Minister of Albania, National Territorial Planning Agency of Albania (AKPT)
Atelier Masters: George Brugmans (IABR), Adelina Greca (AKPT) and Freek Persyn (51N4E)
PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, 51N4E, .FABRIC, Delft University of Technology

Spatio-Economic Development Strategy: Strengthening the Dutch Business Climate
Atelier Making Projects: Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Urhahn, De Zwarte
Hond, .FABRIC and MUST
The Netherlands



23 April 15:00-15:30:
Book lauch The Metabolism of Albania

29 April 17:30-19:00:
Next Talk #1: Mark Swilling

9 May 9:00-17:30:
Sustainable Urban Deltas – Working on the Urban Agenda

12 May 10:00-12:30:
Energy, Space and Region

2 June
Atelier BXL The Productive Metropolis – Urban Meeting

2-3 June 9:00-17:00:
Masterclass Research by Design 2: Energytransition

For more information, please visit the IABR website

Dutch contributions to TRUP development in newspaper

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South-African newspaper Die Burger today features an article about the development of Two Rivers Urban Park and the Dutch contributions to the development process!

Opening CycleSpace at FabCity


Today is the opening of CycleSpace, a new platform for bicycle innovation in Amsterdam. Alderman Litjens will open the CycleSpace pavilion at FabCity, a temporary mini-city at Kop van Java showcasing urban innovations during the ‘Europe by People’ Dutch EU presidency of 2016.

Among projects and products at display at and around the CycleSpace pavilion are the results of the Arcam Fietslab: 2½D models, street sections and impressions show innovative ideas for a next level approach to Amsterdam’s bicycle infrastructure. The ideas where developed in a multidisciplinary workshop setting led by FABRIC and hosted by Architecture Center Amsterdam.

The pavilion is open to the public at 17:00. For more information go to the Europe by People website.

Pleinhuis sales have started!


Today the construction board has been placed at the building site of the Pleinhuis project in Tilburg!

Sales have started for the 8 appartments, 2 maisonnettes, 160 square meter ground floor commercial space and parking space for 8 cars. The project is unique because of the gentle slope leading to a large collective space on the first floor level, from where the appartments are accessible.

Have a look at for more information or go to our Pleinhuis project’s page.

Urban extension of Ningo Prampram (Ghana) presented


Hopefully it is not related to the date of today and trusting that the support by stakeholders of the District Assemblies of Old and New Ningo and Prampram and the National Government of Ghana is sincere. They have not only witnessed the presentation of our plan by our local stakeholder Kofi Yeboah, but also now support and defend it in front of a huge audience.

At the Accra International Conference Centre Honorable E.T. Mensah chairs the committee that supports and defends our plan (FABRIC, MIXST, MLA+, MORE and OKRA) for the sustainable urban extension of Ningo Prampram within greater Accra, which is facilitated by UN Habitat and Stimuleringsfonds for Creative Industries. With Rogier van den Berg, Markus Appenzeller, Daan Roggeveen en Martin Knuijt.

Read more about UN Habitat’s Design Labs here.

Circular opportunities for Brussels region presented


On the 15th of March, FABRIC and Circle Economy presented the intermediate results of a study on circular opportunities for the Flemish-Brussels metropolitan region during a workshop in the Bozar museum of Brussels. The project, commissioned by OVAM, aims at inspiring urban designers to take part in a larger program entitled Atelier BXL Productive Metropolis.

The workshop was the third in a series of four so called ‘Urban Meetings’ of which the last will be held on June 2nd during the International Architecture Biennal Rotterdam (IABR) 2016.

Dutch Rail Sector featured in OV Magazine

Dutch Rail Sector is an initiative of urban mobility expert Rob van der Bijl for the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. In collaboration with Railforum and with support of Arcadis, Strukton, Holland Rail Industry, Next Generation Infrastructures and FABRIC, the platform aims to stimulate the export of Dutch rail-oriented expertise, products, services and ideas.

The DRS website, scheduled to open in April, showcases proven expertise on areas such as rail, but also rail-related chain mobility and spatial development (for example around stations). Examples are the architecture of the new train stations such as Rotterdam, the worldwide unique bicycle-train-chain, and the advanced Spoorbeeld (‘Rail image’) of the national Spoorbouwmeester.

Read the article in OV Magazine. OV Magazine is a professional Dutch magazine focussing on the public transport sector in the Netherlands.

FABRIC, Circle Economy and TNO assess Amsterdam’s circularity

In its ‘Sustainability Agenda’ Amsterdam aims in the long run for a circular economy. But prior to start making plans or policy, it is of great importance first to know what chances lie in becoming circular and which barriers have to be overcome to get to a circular economy.

FABRIC, Circle Economy and TNO have investigated the current circularity of the Amsterdam region and proposed a future roadmap for the region. It is globally the first time such research has been done on this scale. It turns out that the construction and organic waste chains are promising to become more circular. Major changes can be implemented in both chains in several respects. For example, buildings can be designed and constructed so that when demolished materials can be properly recycled. Excess food from supermarkets can be used for the production of biofuel. It saves the use of new raw materials, and prevents us from wasting materials that are still perfectly usable.

On a national scale the transition to a circular economy could create economic opportunities worth 7 billion euro annually and create 50 thousand jobs, together with a CO2 reduction of 17 megaton and considerable less use of water. If Amsterdam transforms its construction sector, the 70.000 new homes planned before 2040 could create an added value of 85 million euro per year, 700 extra jobs and a CO2 emissions reduction of half a million tons.

To read more and download the full report, please visit the Amsterdam website.

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Kickoff ‘Urban Metabolism Brussels’


Today was the successful kickoff for the AtelierBXL Urban Metabolism Brussels project. FABRIC, Circle Economy and Université Libre de Bruxelles (UBL) will study urban metabolism as a carrier for a sustainable transition to a circular economy in the Flemish-Brussels metropolitan region.