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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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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.

Work in progress Deventer Verhaal

Anne at work

FABRIC is working on the interior design for the beautiful historical De Waag building in Deventer. The building houses the tourist agency VVV, a permanent historic exhibition by Deventer Verhaal, a museum shop and space for lectures and debates.

Here Deventer Verhaal curator Anne van Geuns is joining FABRIC to work on the storylines and their layout.

Read more about Deventer Verhaal on their website.

Kickoff new project Circular Amsterdam

Today the Circle Economy-FABRIC-TNO consortium will kickoff an ambitious new project, in collaboration with the City of Amsterdam, Rabobank and research partners such as Port of Amsterdam, Schiphol, AEB, Waternet and AMS.

The ‘Circular Amsterdam’ project will provide the next steps for the city of Amsterdam to progress its circular economy ambitions and the need to stimulate innovation, business opportunities, job creation in multiple established and new sectors. The overarching goal is to deliver a practical vision and roadmap to establish Amsterdam as leading circular city both for its citizens and as an example for cities around the world.

We expect to be able to share the first results end of September.

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.