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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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VR lunch session with Beyond Sports

VR session

Today’s lunch at FABRIC has a touch of technology added.

Nathalie Eckhardt and Robert Overweg of Beyond Sports approached FABRIC to develop new ideas for the application of VR technology in architecture and urbanism. With a VR cardboard and a Samsung Gear VR at hand we’re having fun, making an inspiring kickstart for some cool projects!

To be continued…

IABR-2014 silkscreen – The making of

IABR silkscreen making of

The organization of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam was so pleased with the strategic plan we made for ‘the New Metabolism of Rotterdam’, they asked us to make a limited edition art print out of it!

The print would be framed and offered to Rotterdam major Ahmed Aboutaleb, curator Dirk Sijmons and other people and organizations who contributed to or supported the Rotterdam Biennale.

After quite some extra added details and ideas (the process never stops!) we teamed up with experienced silkscreen printer Paul Wyber. The print is made up out of eight customized inks, with fluors added for an almost radiating effect. In a limited edition of 50, he managed to get all the fine details of the map perfectly aligned. Frame company Jollijst used special museum glass to minimize reflections caused by the black base of the print.

For more information and a view on the digital version of the plan, visit our portfolio channel.

Save the date – April 21st Plein1 debate Smart Urban Regions

plein1 save the date

On the 21st of April the Province of Zuid-Holland hosts the second Plein1 debate about the Zuidelijke Randstad region (Rotterdam-the Hague) as a smart urban region.

The debate will focus on opportunities for the economy and infrastructure of the region offered by a metabolistic approach. Opened by the King’s Commissioner Jaap Smit, the debate will be driven by Eric Frijters of FABRIC and Paul Gerretsen of Vereniging Deltametropool.

For more information, registration and a summary of the first debate check the website of the Province of Zuid-Holland.

Tomorrow: ASLA NY exhibition opening at Center for Architecture

If you happen to be in New York tomorrow, feel free to visit the opening of American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter 2015 Awards, 5PM at the Center for Architecture. One of the projects on view April 2, 2015 to April 30, 2015 is the Urban Metabolism project by James Corner Field Operations and FABRIC.

Check the Center for Architecture website for more information.


4th Metabolism of Albania workshop @IABR

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4th Metabolism of Albania workshop

CASA Arnhem Horror Vacui report

For those who missed the CASA event ‘Horror Vacui’ yesterday, there’s an excellent summary available on the CASA website.

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‘Nieuwe Gilden’ lecture at Horror Vacui


This Tuesday at the start of the Ruimtekoers Festival Eric Frijters will give a lecture on ‘Nieuwe Gilden’, or the return of making industry to the inner city and the opportunities for the city of Arnhem. Also featuring Jacco Gersen of Blauwhoed and Sascha Glasl of Space&Matter. Feel free to join!

Tuesday March 17nd, 20:00
Showroom Arnhem, Kleine Oord 177
Entrance €5, CASA members for free.

For more info go to the CASA website or Ruimtekoers website.

ASLA NY Merit Award for Urban Metabolism

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The Urban Metabolism project by FABRIC and James Corner Field Operations has received a Merit Award from the New York chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association for landscape architects.  Founded in 1899, the association represents over 15,000 members and features 49 professional chapters and 76 student chapters. The Society’s mission is to lead in the planning, design and care of both our natural and built environments. While keeping pace with the ever-changing forces of nature and technology, landscape architects increasingly have a profound impact on the way people live, work and play.

More information on the ASLA NY website.

Food Wharf concept for Canary Wharf’s Cognicity Challenge


Food Wharf takes urban agriculture to the next level. In the middle of Canary Wharf, the financial heart of London, this high-tech and energy-neutral food factory is meant to recycle the district’s organic residue and wastewater into useful raw materials for local food production and processing. Through smart logistics and an extensive socio-cultural programme, Food Wharf will be deeply embedded in the fabric of the city.

Food Wharf could become one of Canary Wharf’s architectural icons and be a showpiece for Dutch agribusiness.

The conceptual design of Food Wharf was developed by FABRIC in collaboration with BLOC and Circular Landscapes for Canary Wharf’s Cognicity Challenge. It was chosen for the longlist, though not for the final selection. Still the business case will be further developed together with iindustrial partners.

Field excursion with Atelier Albania


Research in the field, during the third workshop for Atelier Albania. Great step to get all the noses in the same direction.