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Megastructure Schiphol

Design in Spectacular Simplicity

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First overview of Schiphol as a megastructure

Book presentation on 23 September
The festive presentation of this special book on the Schiphol phenomenon will take place on 23 September, starting at 1 PM. Exact information about the location and the program will follow.

Airports look alike all over the world. Schiphol has conformed to the patterns of the airport, but its unique design makes it stand out. Megastructure Schiphol looks into the history of the Netherlands’ most famous national airport and its sophisticated appearance.
Schiphol has grown in fits and starts as a result of ever-expanding traffic in freight and passengers. The area around Schiphol is constantly evolving, yet there is great consistency in the visual aspect of this airport, which can rightly be called a ‘megastructure’. This is not merely due to the efforts of its designers, who have strived to achieve a spectacular simplicity. Other factors, such as its location in a polder and the local planning culture, have also played a role.
In Megastructure Schiphol an analysis of its metamorphoses over the past century demonstrates Schiphol’s unique character and its function as a model for other airports. The question of how Schiphol and the surrounding metropolis can be tailored to one another is examined from the standpoint of economics, infrastructure, design and image-making.

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ISBN 978-90-5662-852-9 | 1. edition | September 2013 | available | Koos Bosma, Marieke Berkers, Iris Burgers, Heidi de Mare, Karel Davids, Abdel Makhloufi, Jan Willem de Wijn, Anna Nikolaeva en LUST | design: Reynoud Homan | photography: Jannes Linders | English | hardcover | 30 x 24 cm | 320 pages | illustrated (200 color and b/w) | in conjunction with: VU University Amsterdam, CLUE Research Institute | with support from VU-Faculty of Arts/CLUE, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), the Creative Industries Fund and the Eesteren-Fluck & Van Lohuizen Foundation

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