Published in DASH #06 - Living in a New Past
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Ringvaartplasbuurt-Oost

RotterdamMecanoo architects

In the early 1990s Mecanoo architects created a residential neighbourhood in the Prinsenland expansion zone to the east of Rotterdam. By this time Mecanoo had rapidly evolved into the most significant representative of ‘neomodernism’. This architectural reorientation towards the formal and typological models from the heyday of modern architecture in the interwar years offered an escape from a situation in which architecture appeared to have become a forgotten concept in house building: attention had focused initially on the production process (1960s) and subsequently on the social process (1970s and 1980s)…