The Publisher House of the architectural periodical METSZET have arranged his spring International Convention of Architecture 8th March 2019 for the sixteenth time. The Association of Hungarian Architects (AHA) was associate organizer of the event. The venue was the National University of Public Service’s great Sports hall. This years theme was “East meets West – West meets East”. Emiel Lamers, Dutch architect & editor of A10 architectural periodical was the curator and chairman of the convention. He has selected and invited five architects for the lectures: Ben van Berkel (UNStudio, Amsterdam), Gábor Zoboki (Zoboki and Demeter Studio, Budapest), Spela Videcnik (OFIS Architekt, Ljubljana), Junya Ishigami (Tokyo), Ashiko Yamamito (Alphaville Architects, Kyoto). More than 800 architects took part in the event from all over Hungary and 10 other countries.
Emiel Lamers has been teaching again at the TU Delft since 2016, following a 13-year break after moving to Budapest in 2003. In the Bachelor programme, he is now the design mentor of the ON1 and ON4 design courses and GR1 and GR4 the research courses. He is also the head architecture mentor of 17 graduate students in the Master of Architectural Engineering programme. One of his students has been nominated in 2018 for the NRP Master prize.
Since the beginning of 2018, Emiel Lamers has guided 25 groups in Amsterdam, Almere, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Lille, Basel, Ljubljana, Budapest and even Japan. This year, his groups have varied from 2 to 44 people and have lasted anywhere from one hour to three weeks. Since Lamers started guiding tours in 2005, he has led 150 groups and a total of more than 3,000 people!
At the end of 2017, ELA was asked to redesign an apartment designed by Theo Bosch in 1992. In the original floor plan, one entered a long narrow L-shaped corridor before entering the living room. In the new design, this corridor was added to the bathroom, almost doubling it in size. Two smaller rooms have been combined into one large master bedroom. In the new floorplan, there is a small entrance hall, and then one enters into the new kitchen and spacious living room. Construction has been carefully carried out by the Arie Ligtvoet construction company.
From Mai 11 to 14, Emiel Lamers organized a study trip for 15 French architects, mainly from the department of the Drôme. After visiting Rotterdam during two days, were we got the possibility to see two exclusive apartments in the Markthal (MVRDV) and in Rem Koolhaas' Timmerhuis (OMA), we visited the city of Antwerpen. There we've met two Belgium architects, Johan Bosschem from SAR architecten and Niklaas Deboutte from Meta architectuurbureau. On the last day, we've got an extensive tour in the MAS museum (Neutelings-Riedijk Architects) and entered the glass atrium of Zaha Hadid's amazing Harbour house.
Despite the cold and windy days of February and March, many international visitors still come to Amsterdam and Rotterdam to admire contemporary architecture. On Valentine’s Day, Lamers guided 15 French students from Clermont-Ferrand through Amsterdam. One week later, during an impressive storm, he showed Rotterdam’s new architecture to two doctors from Germany and Switzerland. On Saturday, March 18th, a Belgian family (with their baby!) toured contemporary Amsterdam. And finally, on Thursday, March 23rd, ten colleagues from HIQ consulting from France booked a boat trip to see the new parts of Amsterdam along the IJ River with Lamers as guide.
Last Friday, my first-year students from the Delft University of Technology presented their projects (BK1ON1). Their assignment was to design a house with a Bed & Breakfast in the Dutch polder.
From January 24th to 28th, a group of Dutch art lovers travelled to cold Budapest. For three days, Emiel Lamers guided the 14 participants through Buda, Pest and the village of Szentendre. Lamers organized guided tours at the Hungarian National Gallery and the Ludwig Museum of Modern Art and also reserved six unique restaurants.
On Monday November 7th, Emiel Lamers had the opportunity to visit the building site of the Wei-Wu Ying Center for the Arts, in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The 141.000 m2 building, designed by Mecanoo Architecten, offers a unique covered area and outdoor roof-top amphitheater with views to the park.
On October 17 and 18, Emiel Lamers visited the capital of Germany once again, four years after his last trip to Berlin in 2012. On Monday he got a private tour by director Nadja Bartels through the Tchoban Foundation, a Museum for Architectural Drawing in Prenzlaurer Berg. His article about the building was published in A10 #53. Lamers also revisited the beautiful Natur-Park Sündgelände and Tempelhofer Park, both of which appeared in A10 magazine # 52 in a follow-up article that he wrote about three original parks in Berlin.
From Thursday September 29th to Sunday October 2nd, the Dutch architecture society "Architectura et Amicitia" (AetA) travelled to Budapest on an intensive study trip. For two and a half days, Emiel Lamers guided the 30 participants through Buda & Pest. As a special thank you, AetA offered Lamers a one-year membership. Among the group were two architects who had already participated in a similar study trip to Budapest organised by the AetA in the 1980s.
During the warm month of September, Emiel Lamers guided three different groups in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The month of touring started with two boat trips on September 9th with a total of 120 students from HAN (Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen). One week later, Lamers showed 14 representatives of the Pensioenfonds Architectenbureaus some new architecture in the centre of Rotterdam. And on Friday, September 23rd, Lamers showed a group of 24 employees of Norconsult, Norway's largest consultancy firm, the Amsterdam University College and some new buildings along the IJ riverbanks.
From July 6th to 9th, l'École du Renouvellement Urbain came to the Netherlands with 88 participants. On Thursday morning, ELA organised three lectures at the Municipality of Amsterdam: Sabine Lebesque (Amsterdam city historian), Marien de Langen (board chairman of Stadgenoot) and André Krouwel (Professor of Political Science at VU). For the afternoon programme, Lamers organised several work visits to destinations such as the Eastern Docklands and the former NDSM ship wharf. On Friday morning, the group met with the Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, who discussed his thoughts and actions on integration in an hour-long lecture. In the afternoon, architect and professor Wessel de Jonge presented the renovated Van Nelle Factory.
From June 23rd to 26th, ELA organised, together with archi:travel, an architecture & wine trip to Budapest. After touring contemporary architecture in Pest and Buda (Gödör, ING building, Várkert Bazár, Kopszi gát), the group visited several wineries in the Hungarian countryside (Pannonhalma & the village of Etyek).