*The 4th Gymnasium, Amsterdam
Prefabrication, recovery of abandoned structures and dry modular construction can transform a distressed contemporary landscape thanks to the creativity, the inventiveness and the unprejudiced ideas of designers who are open to experimentation and research, while providing an effective response to the current crisis, creating jobs, without putting the economy at stake.
Architecture using containers – when they aren’t flattened to their original shell – succeed in being exciting: unhinging the certainty of the “builders” and challenging the status quo. Irreverent, they instil in the observer a sense of the ephemeral and the temporary; offering a contrast to the “civilized” urban environment. They speak of prefabrication, mass production and, most of all, about nomadism.
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