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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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Urban extension of Ningo Prampram (Ghana) presented


Hopefully it is not related to the date of today and trusting that the support by stakeholders of the District Assemblies of Old and New Ningo and Prampram and the National Government of Ghana is sincere. They have not only witnessed the presentation of our plan by our local stakeholder Kofi Yeboah, but also now support and defend it in front of a huge audience.

At the Accra International Conference Centre Honorable E.T. Mensah chairs the committee that supports and defends our plan (FABRIC, MIXST, MLA+, MORE and OKRA) for the sustainable urban extension of Ningo Prampram within greater Accra, which is facilitated by UN Habitat and Stimuleringsfonds for Creative Industries. With Rogier van den Berg, Markus Appenzeller, Daan Roggeveen en Martin Knuijt.

Read more about UN Habitat’s Design Labs here.

Circular opportunities for Brussels region presented


On the 15th of March, FABRIC and Circle Economy presented the intermediate results of a study on circular opportunities for the Flemish-Brussels metropolitan region during a workshop in the Bozar museum of Brussels. The project, commissioned by OVAM, aims at inspiring urban designers to take part in a larger program entitled Atelier BXL Productive Metropolis.

The workshop was the third in a series of four so called ‘Urban Meetings’ of which the last will be held on June 2nd during the International Architecture Biennal Rotterdam (IABR) 2016.

Dutch Rail Sector featured in OV Magazine

Dutch Rail Sector is an initiative of urban mobility expert Rob van der Bijl for the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. In collaboration with Railforum and with support of Arcadis, Strukton, Holland Rail Industry, Next Generation Infrastructures and FABRIC, the platform aims to stimulate the export of Dutch rail-oriented expertise, products, services and ideas.

The DRS website, scheduled to open in April, showcases proven expertise on areas such as rail, but also rail-related chain mobility and spatial development (for example around stations). Examples are the architecture of the new train stations such as Rotterdam, the worldwide unique bicycle-train-chain, and the advanced Spoorbeeld (‘Rail image’) of the national Spoorbouwmeester.

Read the article in OV Magazine. OV Magazine is a professional Dutch magazine focussing on the public transport sector in the Netherlands.

FABRIC, Circle Economy and TNO assess Amsterdam’s circularity

In its ‘Sustainability Agenda’ Amsterdam aims in the long run for a circular economy. But prior to start making plans or policy, it is of great importance first to know what chances lie in becoming circular and which barriers have to be overcome to get to a circular economy.

FABRIC, Circle Economy and TNO have investigated the current circularity of the Amsterdam region and proposed a future roadmap for the region. It is globally the first time such research has been done on this scale. It turns out that the construction and organic waste chains are promising to become more circular. Major changes can be implemented in both chains in several respects. For example, buildings can be designed and constructed so that when demolished materials can be properly recycled. Excess food from supermarkets can be used for the production of biofuel. It saves the use of new raw materials, and prevents us from wasting materials that are still perfectly usable.

On a national scale the transition to a circular economy could create economic opportunities worth 7 billion euro annually and create 50 thousand jobs, together with a CO2 reduction of 17 megaton and considerable less use of water. If Amsterdam transforms its construction sector, the 70.000 new homes planned before 2040 could create an added value of 85 million euro per year, 700 extra jobs and a CO2 emissions reduction of half a million tons.

To read more and download the full report, please visit the Amsterdam website.

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Kickoff ‘Urban Metabolism Brussels’


Today was the successful kickoff for the AtelierBXL Urban Metabolism Brussels project. FABRIC, Circle Economy and Université Libre de Bruxelles (UBL) will study urban metabolism as a carrier for a sustainable transition to a circular economy in the Flemish-Brussels metropolitan region.

Eo Wijers competition ideas lead to new CleanTechLab


As a result of a series of workshops a CleanTechLab is created in the Stedendriehoek Region (Apeldoorn, Deventer, Zutphen) to accelerate the energy transition in the region. The ideas of the best four entries in the Eo Wijers competition shape the foundations of this Lab. The Lab will answer questions such as ‘How do bottom-up initiatives contribute to regional targets?’, ‘What is an optimal scale for energy networks?’ and ‘How do we link fiscal instruments such as a Carbon Added Tax (BTK) to new spatial typologies?’

Representatives of the region, the Strategic board Stedendriehoek, the provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel and the participants of the Eo Wijers competition participate in the CleanTechLab.

For more information on the Lab and the CleanTech Region Stedendriehoek visit the website.

For more information on the Eo Wijers competition visit the foundation’s website.

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!