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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

Energy project in Leiden newspaper


Newspaper Leidsch Dagblad publishes an article on the energy transition project FABRIC ‘Hart van Holland Energyneutral’ on its frontpage today. An in-depth article features FABRIC’s impression of a solar dune landscape on the coast of Holland.

In the project FABRIC developed a seven-step strategy to inventory opportunities to produce all types of sustainable energy – wind, sun, geothermic and biomass – and to redesign urban, agricultural and ecological landscapes to incorporate energy production. The end result is a 2050 energy vision that shows the regional landscape if the region would be 100% energy-neutral, producing all the energy it consumes.

RLI advice on transitions in the Dutch landscape


The Council for the Environment and Infrastructure is the primary strategic advisory board for the Dutch government and parliament in matters relating to the physical environment and infrastructure. Today, after an intensive process with experts, the Council sends its advise to the Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment and the Minister of Economic Affairs.

The advise stresses the role of the landscape in the energy transition and sustainable climate adaptation. FABRIC delivered a keynote presentation on challenges for the landscape and we’re proud to be prominently featured with the project we did for the Leiden region on energy-neutrality.

For more information and the full report, please visit the RLI website.

FABRIC joins DDW debate on design-by-research


This morning Eric Frijters, partner at FABRIC and lector Future Urban Regions, joins a debate about research-by-design at Dutch Design Week Eindhoven 2016. Be quick and join the conversation, starting at 10:00AM!

Other participants: Dick van Dijk (creative director, Waag Society), Egbert Stolk (universitair docent afd. stedenbouw, TU Delft), Eric Frijters (architect FABRIC. en lector Future Urban Regions AvB’s), Lucie Huiskens (programma manager ArtEZ, Center of Expertise Future Makers, CLICKNL|Next Fashion), Michiel van Driessche (landschapsarchitect, Felixx), Miriam Rasch (onderzoeker, Institute of Network Cultures), Pauline van Dongen (ontwerper, PhD TUe Crafting Wearables) en Anneke Smelik (professor Visual Culture, Radboud Universtieit, projectleider Crafting Wearables). Moderator: Bart Ahsmann (CLICKNL)

For more information, go here.

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.