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3332 Autonië Binckhorst

The Autonië project is set up as a city sweatshop to investigate the car as an object which, aside from being a commodity, transmits cultural experiences, identities and affects our spatial frameworks considerably. The project zeros in on the Binckhorst area in The Hague and explores ways to retain the existing local expertise that centers on cars and make the cultural role and binding significance of the car more visible. Our research project resulted in speculative collages of industry and car culture in which the site's floor is always the starting point.

Clearly, roads were part of our world long before cars appeared, including congestion and pollution. But not until the arrival of cars have the roads been planned and designed so widely and with this much care. Compared to today, the oftentimes tortuous and bumpy roads caused the ride to be tiring and slow. The flat pavement made the car go faster and gave access to a wider landscape. Car and road are inextricably linked, cars are nowhere fast without smooth asphalt. By paving the surface, the landscape is in fact erased for the occasional traffic. Editing out part of a landscape gives the opportunity of starting fresh and completely different, to rebuild something else from the ground up.

Studio Makkink & Bey propose to take the road as a starting point for Autonië and to start with a major cleanup instead of with a building. When you start to build first and leave the area around it unworked, people pass through clutter before they reach a beautiful building. The Hague could appropriate 'white spots' for residents, collectives, organizations, businesses and creatives with the ambition to enter such a public trial location. The area develops itself from the cleared floor, driven by necessity and the aim for improvements in car culture. The space is reclaimed as public space while starting from a blank card. The floor is made in a way that makes the landscape suitable for a variety of uses. This approach is similar to a forest or dunes on the sea coast, places that are so little determinant that they offer space to almost any activity with minimal or no modifications.

Industry is already present in the area and it's clear it used to have a function as car country. It would be obvious to reinterpret function ties that are already present in the Binckhorst car industry, and connect them with leisure for the area's new residents. Public-private partnerships between the remaining industry and residents can only occur when conditions and infrastructure are designed well and a combination feels natural. Linkage with demands and social issues could possibly encourage the remaining industry to conduct tests together with the community to create the ultimate road, cut to todays demands. Our proposal starts with a rough assembly of five scenarios of industry and car culture combined. These form the basis for innovation in the automotive industry in which tests show the consequences of innovations alongside and on the road. It is a testing ground racing ahead for the most durable, the fastest, biggest, slowest, most efficient and so on.

For example, a waste sorting company develops itself into a gas station and recovers car fuel from household waste or tires. The asphalt itself can yield energy from the heat it generates. Along with the companies Basal or BAM you'd develop test tracks for jeeps, motocross riders and Formula 1. Series that show the car along various themes are displayed inside the showrooms. The exhibition would show cars per year, or according to energy efficiency, or categorized alphabetically, or an arrangement of smart cars. This makes the showroom a library of auto mobility.

Designing for Co-creating Tortona Design Week 2013 Milan

Ben van Berkel (UNStudio), Jurgen Bey and Leo Schouten (PROOFF and SV) talk about the changed architecture of work and their own work.

Vedute Ruimtelijk Manuscript

In The Midst Of A Forest Vedute is a library of spatial manuscripts for which Jurgen Bey and Rianne Makkink made a visualization of space as time; as a spatial moment in which you move. 'We are in the midst of a forest, in the midst of unknown time that spans a life of studies, youth, love, despair, madness and most importantly: work.'

Project Room at Future Primitives, INTERIEUR 2012 Kortrijk

At 1:27 Jurgen Bey and Bruno Vermeersch explain the relationship between passing through and space.

WerkStadt Vienna in Engaging the City

Passionswege in MAK, Vienna, showed local production workshops based on the local 19th century tradition of passionate cooperation between the Viennese applied arts industry. Studio Makkink & Bey designed the exhibition.

Summer School Noordoostpolder 2012

During a Summer School session, students of the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture experimented with new kinds of 1:1 production landscapes, based on the themes: compost, water and energy.

Dutch Profiles for DutchDFA

Jurgen Bey takes his time to observe our actions and to discover intrinsic qualities in things that are often overlooked.

3264 Foodprint Erasmusveld Utility Associations

The project Utility Associations Erasmusveld uses self-organization, alliances, collective responsibility, collective effort and collective returns as the engines of the urban development of Erasmusveld in The Hague. Studio Makkink & Bey was invited by Stroom The Hague, to present our interpretation of the theme of The international Architecture Biennale Rotterdam: 'Making City'.

Me Craft/You Industry - Final Debate

Closing pannel discussion at the symposium Me Craft/You Industry: Imagining a Tailor-made Industrial Landscape. With (left to right): moderator Hans Kennepohl, Jurgen Bey, Smári McCarthy, Henk Oosterling and Pieter Tordoir.

Rianne Makkink and Jurgen Bey speak at Symposium Me Craft/You Industry

Jurgen Bey on SFUDutchDesign's channel

"The Crate Series" at Spring Projects

PROOFF and Studio Makkink & Bey

Speakers Jurgen Bey and Leo Schouten talk about working landscapes and the progressive office.

Education space at Boymans van Beuningen

Nissan Cube Cityscapes in Loyd hotel

Lecture at the Moscow Strelka Institute 2

Jurgen Bey talks about his view on what he sees around him and about critical design.

Lecture at the Moscow Strelka Institute 1

Jurgen Bey talks about his view on what he sees around him and about critical design.

Lecture Learning from Sandberg

Lecture about how spaces and objects influence our perception and the way we value an experience. He speaks about redesigning the educational system and the importance of well designed workspaces.

Designboost Milan 2011

3201 railway station Rotterdam Alexander

Studio Makkink & Bey made a proposal for ProRail (in control of the Dutch railway system) in which quiet interactive images on large screens revive the railway platform of Rotterdam Alexander Station. The calm images guide the attention of the public gently away from the platform toward slow moving images that make an indirect connection with railway culture. Another proposal is to include the audience on the platforms actively into the décor - and to make the platform, audience and screens into an interactive movie set. This kind of personal participation makes a place feel more inhabited by the people who regularly wait there. This reciprocity between the platform and the digital display ensures a more authentic character. Showing an interactive filmic game between surveillance cameras, platforms, video's and audience, creates a situation where time, space, reality and fiction alternate. The platform might even give an early stage to experimental technologies or student projects.

3216 The Crate Series

Re-interpreting the container, Studio Makkink & Bey engage our perceptions of what a product’s purpose is. These shipping crates, normally used to temporarily house goods, take on a more solitary role as a sized down household unit. The Crate Series re-defines functional, ordinary objects by infusing them with new narratives. Shipping crates usually used for temporary storage and freight are transformed into containers for living, domestic cabinets rich in detail. The result plays with our ideas of value; the container becomes the content, a by-product is metamorphosed into the product.

Heldenavond WdKA met Jurgen Bey

Storytelling Designers Jurgen Bey and Rianne Makkink

A podcast interview, in which the two explain how they work as a creative duo – Bey the dreamer collects and dreams up ideas and Rianne with the architectural expertise materialises the visionary cloud of ideas into form.