Using the 40-year-long building project otherwise known as Amsterdam’s international airport, Schiphol, as a departure point, this absorbing collection of writings looks at the phenomenon of designing complex architectural projects that require continuous modification. While DNA is a concept from biology, the 17 contributors to the book make the case that for a project like Schiphol to be a design success, it must be based on a simple and flexible set of rules, its “DNA.” An eloquent group of architects, urban planners, philosophers and designers investigate the DNA metaphor in a particularly rich set of texts, and Dutch architect Jan Benthem – who has been designing for Schiphol since the 1960s –offers an epilogue. First in a new series from the Podium voor Archtectur.
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PODIUM ARCHITECTURE HAARLEMMERMEER, THE NETHERLANDS