In 2016 FABRICations was selected by BNA (Dutch Architects Association) to investigate the future of Urban Ring roads. Our study, published in the book “Snelweg x Stad / Highway x City”, explored future scenarios in Amsterdam with a research by design approach.

From the Publication:

Today, the only urban ring roads we know are highways. They’ve turned their backs on the city and cut the urban fabric to pieces. This was very different in the nineteenth century, when ring roads were invented and traffic and urban development still went hand in hand.  This book examines the future of the city and the highway. Scientists outline a historical and theoretical framework; seven broad-based teams comprising the best Dutch architects and urban designers present their designs. Not by going back to nineteenth-century aesthetics, but by reconciling the highway with the city of the twenty-first century.”

In the images, you can see the strategies developed for the Gooiseweg (on top), and the A10 (below).

Gooiseweg has an asymmetrical profile: one side is for high volumes of traffic, the other for flexible and recreational use. The road has a wall-to-wall diagonal pattern to emphasize that crossing is allowed everywhere.

The existing route of the A10 is redeveloped into a city street with the character of a boulevard. The road profile is suited to high volumes of traffic. It is easy for smart vehicles to turn, cross and load and unload. The Weespertrekvaart has an urban character, with room for recreational space, slow traffic and fast bicycle connections into the city centre.

As on Gooiseweg, an energy system using pipes is installed underneath the road surface. Power saved during the summer is used to heat roads and buildings during the winter.

Location: AmsterdamNetherlands

Program: Urban Infrastructure Design

Year: 2016

Commissioner: BNA

Design Directors: Eric Frijters, Olv Klijn

Team: Bas Driessen, Duong Bui, Lloyd Martin


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