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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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1013 JB Amsterdam
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Heathub design in AR experiment


New technologies using Augmented and Virtual Reality offer huge potentials to our field of spatial research and design.

In an experiment with Augmented Reality we’ve put our 3D models of the Heathub design concept into a gaming render program, then into an augmented reality platform. Anyone with an AR app, for example the Junaio app, on smartphone or tablet can see the Heathub design in 3D, switch between options and zoom into every detail of the design.

See the video on Vimeo for a short impression!

Eric Frijters explains ideas on flows around Central Station


Stad-forum is an independant platform for Amsterdam hosting debates on various themes. On Monday they hosted a debate on the future of cycling around Amsterdam Central Station. ‘CS’ is a major mobility hub for the Amsterdam metropolitan region, but also a busy shopping area annex food court and the main connection between east and west and between the upcoming Amsterdam North and the city center.

FABRIC visualized the flows passing every day through the station building and its surroundings in a poster-sized drawing. In an interview by local tv station AT5, FABRIC partner Eric Frijters explains the idea to combine an elevated east-west bicycle connection with a bridge connection across the IJ river.

Read the article and watch the interview on the AT5 website.

Initiative for carbon added tax wins tenth Eo Wijers competition


With a plan to replace the current VAT with taxation on added carbon (CO2) a broad consortium of designers and researchers has won the first prize of the tenth edition of the Eo Wijers competition last Friday.

FABRIC was co-author of the winning plan that was drawn up by in close collaboration with a consortium of engineering and consulting office Witteveen+Bos, H+N+S Landscape architects, FABRIC architecture urbanism, advice- and design office WING, research and consulting office CE Delft and bureau marco.broekman.

The Eo Wijers competition is an initiative of the Eo Wijers foundation, an independent network aiming to contribute to the improvement of spatial quality in the Netherlands above local scale. Submissions for the competition are made anonymous. The Eo Wijers foundation chose the Stedendriehoek region as setting for the 2014-2015 competition, because of this region’s ambition to become energy neutral in 2030.

For more information about the Eo Wijers foundation and the jury report, see the Eo Wijers website

FABRIC on the move!


FABRIC is moving, packing up to land two doors down the street!

A bigger space, a new office configuration and better coffee… we’ll be happy to welcome you in our new office soon!

FABRIC featured in L’Architetto magazine

FABRIC’s Rotterdam Metabolism project for IABR is featured in the July-August issue of Italian magazine L’Architetto.

Author Gianpiero Venturini places the Urban Metabolism approach in a wider context, concluding thatthe principles of Urban Metabolism can be applied to concrete situations replicable according to local conditions.

Read the article online on the L’Architetto website (Italian only).

New job offerings!

FABRIC is looking for new team members!

Landscape Architects, Urban Designers and Researchers are invited to apply at jobs@fabrications. For more information and requirements, go to the job openings at the website:
- Landscape Architect
- Urban Designer
- Urban Researcher

Opening exhibition De Waag Gelaagd


The exhibition ‘De Waag Gelaagd’ shows the new design for the historic De Waag building in Deventer, a design by FABRIC.

The design comprises the three floors of the building, with concepts for the museum shop on the ground floor, the Deventer Verhaal exhibition on the first and the flexible meeting space on the second floor. In scale models, drawings and a 1:1 setup the design is visualized and displayed for everyone to get a preview.

So if you’re planning to visit Deventer, make sure to stop by at De Waag!

Vimeo Newfarmsforexpo

On the 24th of June Eric Frijters will lecture on urban metabolism in Milan at the ‘New Farms for EXPO’. The ‘New Farms for Expo’ is an initiative of New Generations and aims at developing a toolbox for the reuse – whether durable or temporary – of vacant buildings in industrialized cities, focussing on the Italian Po valley.

For more information, follow New Generations on Facebook.

Eric Frijters interviewed on Dutch radio

Today the thermometer reaches 30 degrees Celsius in large parts of the Netherlands. Heat in urban areas is becoming a large problem for a lot of people.

Dutch national radio program ‘Dit is de Dag’ interviewed FABRIC partner Eric Frijters about sustainable solutions to counter urban heat.

Listen to the interview on the NPO Radio 1 website (fragment starts at 2:26).

Heathub featured in Blauwe Kamer magazine

Heathub Blauwe Kamer

The Heathub concept is featured in the latest issue of Blauwe Kamer magazine. For the City of Groningen, FABRIC designed a Heathub building and landscape at the Zernike Science Campus.

For more information or to order a copy go to the Blauwe Kamer website.