Researcher for future buildings and cities
Exposition IABR 2014
29 May - 24 Aug 2014

About IABR - 2014 - Urban by Nature

(From the IABR website)
The international Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) was founded in 2001, in the conviction that architecture is a public concern. It is therefore that the IABR focuses on the future of the city. How to get to the future is a common challenge, cities will need to exchange ideas, knowledge, expertise and best practices. That is why the IABR connects Rotterdam and Holland with the world, and the world with Holland and Rotterdam. The IABR generates ideas and proposals, and produces exhibitions, conferences, films, books, lectures and debates.

"Urban by Nature" was the sixth edition of IABR. It showcased 96 projects in six separate exhibitions: five at the Kunsthal and one at the Natural History Museum Rotterdam. One of those projects was from Benthem Crouwel Architects.

The stand of Benthem Crouwel Architects

Benthem Crouwel Architects displayed their work in the exhibition that was dedicated to infographics on flows of people, traffic, goods etc.. This architectural firm designed six railway stations in the Netherlands, of which Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague central stations are the biggest. The stand at IABR displayed models and renderings of these designs next to infographics on passenger movements at these railway stations.

My infographics presented at IABR 2014

I was an intern at Benthem Crouwel Architects from September 2012 to March 2013. During that internship I individually worked on a research on passenger movements in the six railway stations designed by the company.

I did not participate in the design of the stand at the IABR since my internship was already finished at the time of the IABR 2014. Even so, at the stand, my work formed the basis of the whole since the exhibition of IABR was dedicated to infographics on flows of people or goods.

At the stand the designs of Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam and The Hague central stations were placed next to each other. Of course each of the railway designs were visualized in a section rendering and a physical model. Of each railway station the left infographic displayed the number of people entering and exiting the platforms at every moment of the day. The right infographic displayed the number of people going from one means of transportation to the other.

The infographics and placement of them in the exhibition stand made it possible to easily see the differences in analysis results between the railway stations. To illustrate, here are just a few of the conclusions we can draw from the infographics:

We see that in the morning the number of people arriving at Amsterdam through the station is higher than the number of people leaving Amsterdam through the station. In the afternoon, this is the other way around. In other words, Amsterdam is getting fuller during the day. This is in contrast to The Hague central station, where the amount of people entering and leaving The Hague through the station is about the same. And if we look at the transit flows between other means of transportation, we can see, among other things, that in Amsterdam relatively more people walk to and from the station, compared to Rotterdam. In Rotterdam, relatively more people use the subway to go to and from the railway station.


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