Ruud van Leeuwen elected Master 2019


Ruud van Leeuwen (third from right) together with the members of the jury, including Dirk Jan Postel (second from left), partner at Kraaijvanger Architects.

During a great evening on October 30 in Het Nieuwe Instituut, Ruud van Leeuwen was elected Master 2019. His project "From Hammerbrook to Hammerstadt" is a proposal for a transformation strategy in which an inner-city industrial district in Hamburg is transformed into a lively and diverse urban district.

"A district where living and working go hand in hand, sustainable mobility systems are used and which symbolises decentralised waste management as an integral part of urban life", is how Van Leeuwen describes his project. In addition to the transformation of the building block, two large urban projects are also being introduced that will drive developments in the district and strongly connect Hammerstadt with the surrounding city districts.

The jury describes the project as, among other things, "A comprehensive, refreshingly illustrated study in which every conceivable current question, from sustainable mobility to decentralised waste processing, ecology, water and climate-proof housing, is answered in an ambitious manner."

The prize was awarded for the fifth time to the person with the best graduation project at the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture. Out of 11 candidates, 3 presentations were nominated. In addition to the winning project (urban planning), Dirk Hovens (architecture) was nominated with the Shakespeare Terminal and Mikolai Brus (architecture) was nominated with the vertical neighbourhood street.

Kraaijvanger Architects is committed to young architects, among other things by supporting the BEP programme, which provides practical experience, giving master classes at various programmes and judging professional awards. Kraaijvanger also likes to share her expertise during lectures, debates and symposia.

For more information about the winning project, click here.

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