The End of Sitting on a research tour

‘The End of Sitting: Cut Out’ functions now as a platform for empirical research for several Dutch academic medical centers. In Maastricht the Faculty of Health, Medicine & Life Sciences and the University Library joined forces to enable students and researchers to experience The End of Sitting. Check out ‘The Rock’ at UNS 40, Randwyck, Maastricht this month (June 2016)!

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Earlier this month the art installation was presented at the conference ‘Building the Future of Health: Game Changing Concepts for Healthy Aging’ at Groningen University. Human movement scientist Dr. Simone Caljouw is currently investigating how much energy people spend by working on it (a follow up of her earlier study published in Sports Medicine). In May a research team led by Hidde van der Ploeg at the department of Public and Occupational Health at the VUmc Amsterdam studied the use of the object in the main university building and invited members of the Dutch Association of Human Movement Scientists (VvBN) to try it out (see image below). Read her an interview with human movement scientist Dr. Hans Savelsberg in the Observant newspaper of Maastricht University (in Dutch).

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Update 28/6/2016: Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE), Ministry of Education, Culture & Science (OCW)  and Staatsbosbeheer are the proud first owners of a End of Sitting-Cut Out standing landscape. This Cut Out can be visited by anyone interested because it is located at the public first floor of their headquarters. Visiting address: Smallepad 5, Amersfoort, The Netherlands.

Vacancy Studies: Toward a new professional and academic field

Proud to present our new book Vacancy Studies!!
A first media-preview for the international press will take place where it all started: at the Venice Architecture Biennale. The book is available in the better book stores and online here and now.

Vacancy Studies: Towards a new professional and academic field

Many bunkers, forts, churches, castles, hospitals, water towers, post offices, prisons, palaces, and airports are empty. Thousands of them. The book Vacancy Studies focusses on the affordances they offer and provides the architecture world with an optimistic perspective on the temporary reuse of vacant spaces.

According to RAAAF (Rietveld Architecture Art-Affordances), there is great potential in vacant public and government buildings. At the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2010, RAAAF visualized the gigantic scale of these vacant spaces in an installation called Vacant NL. The worldwide media attention by organizations such as The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Architectural Review shows the international relevance of RAAAF’s vision for the new field of Vacancy Studies.

Artists, architects, and other designers can make a major contribution to social issues such as vacancy, and this requires new ways of working. The field of Vacancy Studies has been further developed in the practice of RAAAF and by a multidisciplinary team at the Sandberg Institute, Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam. The book ‘Vacancy Studies: Experiments and Strategic Interventions in Architecture‘ introduces the design approach of ‘strategic interventions’, and presents new ideas and experiments. Vacancy Studies is an indispensable reference work for anyone interested in the possibilities of vacant spaces.

This book consists of two parts:

Part I, Surfing on a Sea of Vacancy, presents a vision of the potential offered by vacancy and a new way of analyzing and designing known as ‘strategic interventions’. Some radical experiments for knowledge development are presented in this part;

Part II, Parachuting above Vacant NL deals with experimentation in art & architectural design education and in real life.

RAAAF (Ronald Rietveld, Erik Rietveld & Arna Mackic) wrote this book together with Jurgen Bey, Barbara Visser, Ester van de Wiel en Martine Zoeteman. Ronald & Erik Rietveld are the editors-in-chief. The book is available in English and Dutch. Graphic Design by Studio Joost Grootens.

The Annual Art & Science Lecture at Utrecht University

On April 7th Erik and Ronald Rietveld will give the Annual Art & Science Lecture in the Aula of Utrecht University. In earlier years this lecture was given by Prof. Paul Schnabel, Prof. Henkjan Honing, and Prof. Vincent Icke.

For more information on this public event (in Dutch): http://www.sg.uu.nl/programma/voorjaar-2014/kunst-en-wetenschapslezing

And an integral recording of the lecture (in Dutch) is available here: http://www.sg.uu.nl/opnames/kunst-en-wetenschapslezing/kunst-en-wetenschapslezing

Erik Rietveld gave a preview of this lecture on national radio in NTR-program De Kennis van Nu (in Dutch as well). The link to this can be found here: http://www.sg.uu.nl/opnames/science-caf%C3%A9-utrecht/science-caf%C3%A9-31-maart

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The Terrain of Dirty Art, Fashion & Photography

Soon the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the Sandberg art academies will get a new building and outside space. The students from the departments Fashion, Dirty Art and Photography will contribute to the new design by investigating the following question: What makes a place a good place?

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 The existing main entrance of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy is an example of well functioning public domain. A place were people from different backgrounds can meet and sometimes do meet: students and teachers from different departments, people from Sandberg and Rietveld. During the first week of November interdisciplinary groups of students will investigate the way the environment contributes to such opportunities to meet.

Starting from their own fascinations and skills, student from the three departments will make proposals for new possibilities for social interaction in between the existing and the new building. If the square/entrance could be 100% fashion, photography or dirty art, how would you design it? How would your ideal work space on the terrain look? What would be your most daring intervention to connect physically the worlds of Rietveld and Sandberg?

Terrain Curators: Ronald Rietveld & Erik Rietveld, RAAAF [Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances] http://www.raaaf.nl

Teachers/Departments heads: Niels Klavers (Fashion) & Vincent Zedelius (Photography)

Coordinator: Lizzy Kok (Dirty Art Department)

Location: Room 032, Ground floor Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Fred. Roeskestraat 96, Amsterdam

Presentation with drinks: Friday November 8th, 16h-19h (please email Lizzy: lizzy@sandberg.nl )

Graduation show Master Vacant NL reviewed by Tracy Metz

Tracy Metz (the architecture critic of the Netherlands national newspaper NRC Handelsblad/Next) reviewed the graduation exposition of our students at Sandberg Institute’s Master Vacant NL. This is the first program in the world that focuses on the potential of ”temporary use” of empty architecture. Working on-site, the graduates unlock the affordances of vacant building with novel interventions. Their projects present opportunities for sequential temporary use (hopping from building to building) and provide users with unorthodox tools to colonize vacant cultural heritage, thousands of unique, goverment-owned buildings. Read the review here (click to zoom in; the article is in Dutch).

See also a review (in Dutch) by journal de Architect.

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Skinned by Jorien Kemerink at Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam (photo: Rob ‘t Hart)