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Forces for Architecture

July 2015

Jólan van der Wiel and Benthem Crouwel Architects are setting up a studio where they will research the interaction between forces of nature and architecture. This studio is organized based on the four elements: earth (for example magnetism, earthquakes), fire (heat, volcanic eruptions), air (storms) and water (monsoons). The project will start in early September and will last 9 months. The results of the studio are continuously shared on a project blog and social media. Jólan van der Wiel and Mels Crouwel will lead the investigation and will invite experts from architecture, art and science to brainstorm, experiment and design.

Forces of nature in the studio

All sorts of forces of nature are simulated in the studio and released on models, such as a fan that causes wind or radiation from a microwave. “To set up a workshop to examine the possibilities of forces of nature has been a dream of mine for a long time,” says Van der Wiel. “Forces of nature can be applied as a tool to build our habitat. This is where I see the connection with architecture. “


Early this year the Mondriaan Fund and the Fund for Creative Industries did an open call in which visual artists, designers, mediators and institutions were invited to submit proposals relating to the interaction between the disciplines of art and design, architecture or e-culture: Crossovers. The project Forces of Architecture by Van der Wiel and Benthem Crouwel was granted a Crossover fund. The committee granted it, based on the overall quality of the plan, the earlier work of Jólan van der Wiel, visibility and above all the added value of cooperation and the interdisciplinary nature of the proposal.

Forces for Architecture Website