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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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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.

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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.

Energy, Space and Region at IABR-2016

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In 2013, more than forty organizations, including governments, employers, unions, environmental organizations and other civil society organizations and financial institutions committed to the Energy Agreement for sustainable growth. In addition to agreements on energy savings, ambitions regarding to 14% renewable energy in 2020 and 16% in 2023 had been agreed upon. The ultimate goal is 80-95% CO2 reduction by 2050. Currently The Netherlands provides about 5.6% of renewable energy and has still a long way to go.

Today’s discussion at IABR-2016 The Next Economy will focus on energytransition on a regional scale. Presentations by a.o. Posad Spatial Strategies, FABRIC, Studio Marco Vermeulen and with participation from national and regional governments and business sector.

More info on the IABR website.

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.