Manifesto of Parasitic Urbanization
Private Interior | 2016
Exhibited at KABK Open Day 2016
Amsterdam has a new wave of urbanization. But instead of taking over the outer borders like before, it invades the inside like a parasite, using voids between historic buildings and in canals to make way for housing. Why add more to the outside, but not fill in the gaps?
One of these voids, the canal on Herengracht, is filled with houses that are connected by a bridge. Public meets private as the pedestrians walk between the homes.
By using the voids by building houses in canals, the old doesn’t need to be removed to make way for the new, but can instead exist together. This process is like a parasite that becomes symbiotic to the city it inhabits.
In a group of three, we each designed a house to co-exist in the canal.
The concept of my house is about living on the canal, where the inhabitant has a rich and sociable life with direct access to the public, with the refreshing and calming environment of water.