Habraken wrote a book called ‘Supports’ which proposed a method of mass housing where the ‘support’ or base building is separated from. Supports: An Alternative to Mass Housing [N. J. Habraken] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The architecture / housing / urbanism book that launched the Supports / Open Building movement John F.C. Turner ยท out of. Entrevista a John Habraken Almost fifty years after the publication of your book Supports, and with the mass housing dominating us, your theories are still.

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What are the limitations and further improvements already incorporated into their ways of working? An Alternative to Mass Housingwhich was first published in suports While commercial developers increasingly leave occupancy of office space to the renters of such spaces, they remain wary of this approach in residential for-sale projects. The project comprises a building block in an extant part of Osaka city. And individuals who have never heard of this book keep discovering it by themselves.

There are also echoes jlhn this in the work of DEGW on office design, where they adapt the idea of support and infill to fit the life-cycles of office buildings.

N. John Habraken – Wikipedia

More experience and documented histories are needed before any general conclusions can be drawn. I do not know if I was more impressed with his generosity talking to everyone who came to him or with his wisdom expressing ideas and criticisms on contemporary architecture. Giorgio Macchi re-organized his office to apply the two level distinctions to all projects. An Alternative to Mass Housing in Participation, Flexibility, Enablement New York: It also demonstrated correctly that the separation of support structure and fit-out need not mean that users had suppors build with their own hands or design their own habraen, but would act sulports clients to professional designers.


The WOBO is a stackable beer bottle that can be used to build a bottle wall. This page was last edited on 10 Februaryat In the map Almerethe participatory project is on the left side, with a circular plan.

The so-called Molenvliet project in the Dutch town of Papendrecht comprises some one hundred dwelling units for rent.

John Habraken

His book, entitled ‘Supports, an Alternative to Mass Housing’, was first published inEnglish editionin which he proposes the separation of ‘support’ from ‘infill’ in residential construction and design: Those days in Boston were productive but also exciting especially when researchers from the Open Building movement deservedly honored Habraken for his unquestionable contributions in the field of architecture – an unforgettable event organized by Prof.

The Kanton Building Office is responsible for all public buildings of the Bern region, including habrakdn for the local university. An Alternative Explanation’, Architects Journal, Let me first talk about projects that have been done.

The book argues a distinction in large residential projects of the base building, called ‘support’ and the fit-out, called ‘infill’. Where the commercial developer needs to make a short term profit, long term ownership of a support building has its own economic advantages.

The visual result of his theory is the habrakem of lively variety. This decision continued the traditional relation between urban designer and architect in a entirely new physical organization.

Jan-Duiker -ensemble, constructionextension For a demonstration of sophisticated data processing in support of a commercial housing project, the Arabianranta project in Helsinki by Kahri architects and Tocoman data processing is a prime example. The capacity of a support structure principle to shape a urban fabric is still new to professional thinking and after all these years the Molenvliet project is still a path breaking concept still receiving visitors from other countries.

It disproved the general notion that Open Building might be good habrakfn the users but could not be profitable for commercial developers. The theme “Resident or user participation” has been linked to Structuralism and Open building.


This ingenious urban layout produced a very specific and architecturally attractive urban environment. The idea of an open ended design turned traditional design procedures upside down. Habraken took this further as director of the Foundation for Architectural Research SAR which investigated the use of industrial manufacturing in mass housing and looked at the role of architects within this. The core of the problem was one of evaluation.

More information and free registration via Evenbrite link! Frans van der Werf; Open Ontwerpen. Habraken is the author of numerous books, research reports and articles.

His theoretical research has earned him international fame. Unfortunately, this is only available in the Dutch language: Valkenburg the initial English language edition. Habraken explains the potential of the Open Building approach in architectural practice. To implement this approach a first competition was called for the primary structure without any specific functional interior subdivision.

Form and Control in the Built Environmented.

N. John Habraken

John Habraken john habraken. More recently, inFrans van der Werf wrote a manual based on several decades of experience, dealing not jabraken with the design of support buildings, but also with the process of decision making and implementation. An Alternative to Mass Housing”first published inis the manifesto sjpports starting point of this movement. In the sixties it was supporfs as oppressive because it subscribed to industrialization and its inevitable manipulation by big capital.

In Habraken’s method, the large-scale physical infrastructure is designed and built by the technicians-architects, engineers and construction companies-working with the State, whilst the infill is provided by a small-scale, individualised approach. Whatever the case, I was convinced that the separation of support and infill was inevitable in the long run.