JDS X INK open doors & free drinks

7 September, 2017 at 16:14

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This Friday September 8th, we’re welcoming a new neighbour, INK, with a shared open office and drinks.
For the occasion, we jointly made a limited t-shirt collection.
Join us around a drink from 6pm to 11pm, 34b rue de la Senne, 1000 Brussels.
The event will coincide with the neighbouring exhibition opening at the MAD, just a few minutes walk away.

JDSA TO LECTURE IN STOCKHOLM

23 August, 2017 at 13:26

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JDSA’s founder, Julien De Smedt, will lecture this Thursday 24th of August, at the Bagiska Veckan in Bagarmossen, Stockholm.
The lecture will take place at Folkets Hus, Lillåvägen 44, 128 45 Bagarmossen
at 19.00.

From the organisers’ program:
The City of Tomorrow
Efter att ha designat byggnader och urbana utrymmen i fler än 40 olika länder, bor arkitekten Julien De Smedt nu i Bagarmossen och etablerar sitt kontor i Stockholm.
Ett föredrag om hur engagemang med den sociala arkitekturen och platsens historia kan kombineras med ett samtida och pragmatiskt förhållningssätt till samhället, som åstadkommer en s.k triple bottom line, hållbart resultat; resursmedvetenhet möter ekonomisk effektivitet som leder till ett blomstrande samhälle.

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The City of Tomorrow
After designing buildings or urban spaces in over 40 different countries, Julien De Smedt now lives in Bagarmossen and establishes his office in Stockholm. He will show us how his ideas to engage with local communities and the history of a place can be combined with a contemporary and pragmatic approach to society that achieves a triple bottom line outcome: resource consciousness, meets financial efficiency turns into social blossoming.

more info on https://bagiskaveckan.se/event/julien-de-smedt-the-city-of-tomorrow/

 

WE’RE HIRING!

2 August, 2017 at 20:20

SOCIAL IMAGEJDSA is hiring!
Our Brussels office is expanding as we venture towards a number of exciting cultural, residential and mixed-use projects.
We are seeking talented profiles (architects of all levels, interns, admin assistant) to join our dynamic and international team.
Detailed job descriptions and information on how to apply can be found on www.jdsa.eu/jobs

JDS SHORTLISTED FOR COMPETITION IN MANILA

6 April, 2017 at 15:08

news_jdsshortlistedinmanila_01JDS has been shortlisted for designing an iconic building that is distinctive and recognizable, and will represent Bonifacio Global City in Philippines. It is envisioned that the building will promote and uphold Filipino ideals through intricate and unique architectural design.

 

JDS LECTURE IN MANILA, PHILIPPINES

3 April, 2017 at 14:29

news_jdslectureinmalina_01Exhilarating program of the architecture & design Anthology Festival 2017 where Julien will give the closing keynote on April 2nd at 3.30pm, at the Puerta del Parian in Intramuros, Manila, Philippines.

 

H FINALIST ARCHITIZER A+ AWARD 2017

15 March, 2017 at 15:19

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Dear friends, we’ve been selected as finalists for this year Architizer A+ Awards in the Commercial/office High-Rise category for our Project H in Hangzhou.
the project has a very particular attribute for such a commercial category: it has been thought through as a way to re-enact a historical public connection between an existing market square and another public space originally thriving with local life. Our site would have severed that connection. Instead of maximizing sell-able surfaces we convinced the client that this community link would be important to bring back to a neighborhood that has suffered tremendous changes through recent times.
We’re here in competition against some of the biggest corporate firms that often have a tendency to disregard these kind of concerns.
If you believe, like we do, that commercial programs should be sensitive to contextual and historical matters, VOTE for us here:

https://vote.architizer.com/PublicVoting#/winners/2017/typology/commercial/office-high-rise-16-floors

 

 

KAGITHANE COMPLETED

13 March, 2017 at 19:38

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Kagithane Gardens is a business district that focuses on the user’s working and living qualities. The building brings a new form of contextual and urban approach to Istanbul: it is formed by our desire to make it interact with its environment. It opens itself up to the neighborhood by offering public plazas, intimate gardens and generous terraces to users and passersby. The volume of the block is carved out to invite the surroundings in. The local hilly landscape, characteristic to Istanbul, is mirrored both in the plan and section of the volume by curving along the sites edges and weaving into gently curved slopes, echoing the nearby Bosphorus waves.

On the ground floor the vibrant commercial life bursts out onto the plazas and the landscape. On the upper levels the offices open out onto the green terraces, populated with lush vegetation, providing a cooling system during hot springs and summers. The volume reads clearly while still opening itself generously to the city from a far. As one gets closer the interiors become more discreet, protected by louvers that help shade from the sun.
The project acts as a catalyst of business life for a new Istanbul, that promotes contemporary culture, architecture and lifestyle. Our building offers interaction between inside and outside and provides flexible plans that can be adapted to accommodate the workspace needs of all types of businesses, whether it be a small one-man show or a large corporate office. We believe life is plural and various entities should coexist and exchange their experiences. The Kagithane Gardens is where such a rich diversity can find its place.

 

SECRET TOP OUT

13 March, 2017 at 19:29

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Our Secret House in Brussels has topped out. The project will be completed in Spring 2017 for a private client on the outskirts of the capital.

Located in a quite wooded area outside of Brussels, the secret house blends into its sloped site. The domestic program is dispersed along two stacked sinuous strips, weaving in and out of the hill to catch maximum views and sunlight. The façade uses a curtain wall system to create long, generous windows. The house will comply to “passive house” standards, minimizing its environmental impact.

 

H COMPLETED

13 March, 2017 at 19:16

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Our H project, headquarters of Internet service provider Hakim is completed in Hangzhou China.

This 16-floor office building is a block the size of the site with two voids traversing the building diagonally in plan, creating an iconic H shape. The void through the bottom floors becomes an arch which serves as a covered public space and is oriented to create a pathway between the two urban centers surrounding the site. It establishes and enhances a connection throughout the overall master-plan by creating a green node. By lifting its mass into an arch the building recreates a gateway between two surrounding public spaces rather than a hindering wall of office space. The double curved surface of the arch and the graphic pattern of green space invites passers-by to meander through.

The top void creates a stepped green recreational park reminiscent of ancient Chinese rice-field landscapes. The landscape also serves as rainwater retainer which re-uses natural water and cools down the building. It is oriented to provide maximum sunlight and views to the offices. Sunlight, access to fresh air and outdoor recreational space create a quality work environment.

By carving out voids the building offers spaces at a human scale with specific qualities, contrasting with the undifferentiated space created by recent development in Chinese cities. The design engages with Hangzhou’s rich and diverse architectural history by reinterpreting the traditional Chinese gateway and reconnecting with the city’s tradition of proximity to nature.

 

S-O-S (Syracuse-Oslo-Studio)

13 March, 2017 at 18:56

news_s-o-s_01From January to April 2017, Julien De Smedt is holding a research and design studio at Syracuse University, NY, addressing the challenges of Oslo’s growth.

Oslo is the fastest growing city in Europe.
Our studio is to engage in the tremendous growth of the capital and to propose an expansion strategy to organize and locate the city’s expected 1.5mio new inhabitants by 2100.

The project is entitled O21OO

Syracuse University, NY
Michael Speaks, Dean of the School of Architecture
Julia Czerniak, Professor and Associate Dean
Julien De Smedt, visiting professor of the RUBIN GLOBAL DESIGN STUDIO

Students:
Christine Robillard, Ruting Li, Yuchi Kuo, Arman Salemi,
Ross Daniel Hanson, Matthew Alan DiRado, Katherine E Truluck, Anuradha T Desai; Kokeith Perry II; Nathalie Renee Brock; Parker Hutchinson Whitmore, Mahan Navabi, Margaret Petri,
Clifford Ernest Bourque, Sang Ha Jung, Lan Li

 

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