New Release Books by Francine Houben

Francine Houben is the author of Mecanoo Architecten (2015), Mecanoo: Van Fragmentarisch Naar Monumentaal (2008), Mobility (2003), Composition, Contrast, Complexity (2001) and , Contrast, Composition, Complexity. (2001).

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Mecanoo Architecten

release date: Jan 01, 2015
Mecanoo Architecten
Since 1984 Mecanoo has been committed to creating architecture that contributes to a better world. From an office that started out designing social housing, the practice has developed into an international firm with projects all over the world. Mecanoo has 30 years' experience in the design of buildings, urban plans, landscapes and interiors in which the public space always plays a key role.People Place Purpose describes the specific architecture Mecanoo explores, illustrating the way they seek identity in a globalised world, via the texture of a local stone, colours of fruit trees or rituals of inhabitants, Mecanoo is driven to design buildings with strength to earth. Through 17 projects, all built in different conditions, the reader is given insight into what drives Francine Houben in making architecture on strange ground: “I am specialized in things, I didn't do before.”The book is introduced with an article about Mecanoo's hometown Delft and describes the parallel development of the university campus and their office. It shows the way time affects the purpose of buildings and landscapes.Mecanoo designs places for people. The office begins through exploring the physical urban context and observing the life that inhabits it. The ultimate goal is to make buildings that want to be used. This is the message that People Place Purpose aims to convey.

Mecanoo: Van Fragmentarisch Naar Monumentaal

release date: Jan 01, 2008
Mecanoo: Van Fragmentarisch Naar Monumentaal
The quantity of designs and realised projects of the Dutch office Mecanoo architecten is impressive, especially for a 25-year period. The most astonishing aspect however is not only the length of this laundry list of work, but also its diversity; from a Catholic chapel in a cemetery, to a housing neighbourhood on a city's edge, to a city park in a postwar housing area, to a city square in a medieval town centre, to a stage set for an experimental opera, to an army barracks and living quarters, to a dwelling for Francine Houben's own family, to a residential tower with more than fifty different floor plans, to various theatres and the streetscaping of a historical city centre. Rather than imposing a prescribed book assembly, for example, going from small assignments to large works, this method of presenting is a reflection of Mecanoo's design philosophy. In this way, the architecture is expressed as an all-embracing concept that ranges from conditions for a fulfilling daily existence to architectural concepts. The book's composition also sheds light on Mecanoo's meticulous approach to a project assignment. The explanatory project texts support this by illustrating the core of the interpretation of the project's program.

Mobility

release date: Jan 01, 2003
Mobility
The theme of the first Rotterdam International Architecture Biennale is mobility as this relates to city and landscape, and the design culture that comes with it. Held between May and September 2003, the Biennale will bring together numerous universities, architects, urbanists, spatial planners and designers to swap experiences and discuss new strategies for giving shape to (car) mobility. This unique book shows the results of the international research in its various forms: statistics, photography, text, visual collage and design proposals. These together give a tangible and insightful look at the mobility culture of wide-ranging cities and countries: Mexico City, Hongkong and Guangzhou, Djakarta, Budapest, the Ruhr Valley, Beirut, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Peking and Randstad Holland. The editors, Francine Houben and Luisa Calabrese, see their aim as twofold. On the one hand they hope to learn how to work with infrastructure and motorway culture by studying the different cultural and geographical contexts. On the other, they seek to draw up an agenda for the future, one that establishes the role to be played there by the various design disciplines. Both research and book are the fruits of a collaboration with the universities of Wuppertal, Aachen, Berlin, California, Monterrey (Mexico), Tokyo, Hong Kong, Peking, Beirut, Budapest, Bandung and Delft.

Composition, Contrast, Complexity

release date: Jan 01, 2001
Composition, Contrast, Complexity
In this book Francine Houben presents a personal account of her experiences. Text and image convey her original and authentic attitude, views and feelings about architecture. She has made a selection from her many Mecanoo projects for this publication. A home and a canal house. A garden town and a water town. A secondary school, a polytechnic and a university library. The public space of a historic city, a park and a square in a medieval city. A vision of mobility and infrastructure and an ecological new town. A hotel and an underground office. A ruin, a theatre, a decor for an opera, a museum and an exhibition. And finally a chapel in a cemetery. Each of these projects is exemplary of her vision and illustrates the three core elements of how she conceives architecture: composition, contrast and complexity.

Contrast, Composition, Complexity.

release date: Feb 01, 2001
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