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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.

Tussen de Bogen 18
1013 JB Amsterdam
The Netherlands

+31 (0)20 528 9484

Metabolism of Antwerp


The consortium of .FABRIC, marco.broekman, University of Antwerp, Common Ground has been selected for the research project “Metabolism of Antwerp, city of flows”. The project is the first phase of  “Antwerp, the circular city of tomorrow”, in which the partners City of Antwerp, OVAM, Port Authority, Vlaamsbouwmeester and Ruimte Vlaanderen want to generate new insights at the intersection of urban development, circular economy and spatial challenges in the Antwerp region. Today, on the 20th of October the process started with a successful city debate.

For more background information read the interview with project leader Marlies Lenaert, on the website of the City of Antwerp.

Wanted: ambitious designer

We are looking for an ambitious, enthusiastic and experienced designer, who wants to work on challenging new projects in the Netherlands and abroad.

Urban Designers, Landscape architects and Architects with at least three years of experience in (inter)nationally renowned offices are invited to apply at jobs@fabrications. For more information and requirements, go to the job opening:

.FABRIC is looking for a designer

Internship Web Design

FABRIC is an office involved in innovative (interior) architecture, urbanism and regional strategies, connecting creativity to knowledge.

FABRIC poses that the answer to a commissioner’s question is not always takes the shape of a building. Rather then with the traditional terms ‘architect’, urbanist or urban planner, the office manifests itself with a knowledge intensive, integral approach that connects scales (street, city, region) to challenges (energy transition, mobility, communities etc.). This leads to a wide range of products: concrete buildings, but also future visions, silkscreen prints, books, conceptual models exhibitions and movies. ‘FABRICations’ is the collective term for all those cultural expressions of the office.

FABRIC is looking for a new innovative expression of its philosophy, activities and products. The website ( gives both a graphic impression and structure orientation of the portfolio and activities of the office. FABRIC wants to research new possibilities of portfolio websites.
We offer an opportunity to contribute to formulating and visualizing the public expression of one of the leading young offices for spatial design and research in the Netherlands. FABRIC is an internationally oriented office with team members from all continents. Interns receive a fixed stipend per month.

Candidates for an internship:
– Are aware of recent developments in the field of web (portfoilio) design
– Have a demonstrable graphic talent
– Are capable of structurizing information in text and images
– Have good spoken and written communication skills
– Are capable of working independent guidance of a supervisor
– Are familiar with WordPress (or comparable content management systems)
– Can handle Photoshop, Word and Indesign (preferably also After Effects)
– Have affinity with architecture and design is an advantage
– Work takes place at our office in Amsterdam

Send your motivation, CV and portfolio to:
For questions please contact Caterina Vetrugno: +31(0)20 5289484 or

Cascoloft work in progress

work at Cascoloft

Great to see FABRIC’s interior design for a private loft in Amsterdam’s Houthaven district coming together!

Hayo and Marion of deKunsthand are doing a great job working out the structure and materialization. The spatial structure is already clear and the first colors and textures are appearing. Construction is made with LenoTec by Jasper Kerkhofs of Javi Houtbouw.

A small step for men… II


A great view on the modified intersection at Mr. Visserplein, which has been adapted to better accommodate the large flow of cyclists passing.

Ningo-Prampram planning authority approves Accra’s planned city extension

The concept plan for the Accra urban extension in Ningo-Prampram, developed by UN-Habitat’s Urban Planning and Design LAB, was approved by the Statutory Planning Authority of the Ningo-Prampram District Assembly (NiPDA).

This is a major step following an extensive stakeholder’s process carried out at the local, regional and national level and the resolution by the General Assembly of Ningo-Prampram to adopt the concept and vision as a key development agenda for the district. In addition, the General Assembly gave the approval to establish an implementing committee.

The urban extension addresses the issues of explosive unplanned urban sprawl in the Accra region, the need to accommodate flooding during peak rainfall, and the necessity to provide housing for all in Accra. To implement the plan, Ningo-Prampram, with the support of UN-Habitat is pioneering a new type of urban planning. Instead of drawing up a detailed blueprint, the team has proposed a framework for the growth of a naturally evolving city.

The extension plan has been developed jointly by a team of international planners who are part of the Urban Labs projects. The Urban Labs project, part of the Global Network of Urban Planning and Design Labs, is a joint initiative of UN-Habitat and Creative Industries Fund NL that brings together international expertise and local planners to work on implementable planning assignments. The Urban Labs project is also in operation in Myanmar, Mexico, Palestine, and Philippines.

Read the full article on

A small step for man, …


It may seem like a small change, but with nearly 3.200 cyclists per hour passing this intersection it is a major improvement in the bicycle flows of the city of Amsterdam.

By removing the safety buffer island, more space is available for cyclists waiting for the green light. This causes less conflicts between waiting cyclists and cyclists passing in the other direction.

Amsterdam is facing increasing numbers of cyclists, outgrowing the available space in the historic city center. Bas Driessen of FABRIC joined a multidisciplinary team of designers and traffic engineers set up by the Traffic and Public Space department of the City of Amsterdam which aims to tackle nine of Amsterdam’s busiest intersections. The goal is to improve conditions for cyclists with simple, low-cost measurements which do not require large and long-lasting procedures. The intersection at Weesperzijde/Treublaan near the Berlagebrug is the first one that is realized, and there are three more underway.

Compare with the old situation on Google Streetview.

Eric Frijters’ Boston metabolism lecture online


The lectures of Eric Frijters and the other participants at the workshop on Boston’s Urban Metabolism can be seen online here.

Many thanks to the City of Boston, Boston Harbor Now, Boston University, MAPC, Northeastern University, UMass Boston, the Wetskills partners and of course the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

Boston’s urban metabolism lecture

Tomorrow, on June 23rd, Eric Frijters will lecture on Urban Metabolism at CIC Boston. To celebrate the One Year Anniversary of the Boston-Netherlands Best Practices Exchange and the finals of the Wetskills Water Challenges, the Netherlands Consulate in New York and the Holland Innovation Network organize an interdisciplinary workshop to delve into Boston’s “Urban Metabolism”.

When: Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT)
Where: CIC Boston – 50 Milk Street #17th floor, Milky Way room, Boston, MA 02109, United States

For more information, go to Eventbrite.

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.