Hasselt upwards

a2o-architecten

We believe that we are at this moment on a very interesting turning point in time. "Hasselt upwards" is more relevant than ever. After a period of regret and aversion due to the mistakes made in the 70s and 60s the debate about high-rise typologies is more alive than ever......

Hasselt upwards

a2o-architecten

Team:


Bart Claasen


Project:


We believe that we are at this moment on a very interesting turning point in time. "Hasselt upwards" is more relevant than ever. After a period of regret and aversion due to the mistakes made in the 70s and 60s the debate about high-rise typologies is more alive than ever.

Architects, urban designers, policy makers and investors are again interested in high-rise typologies and their specific advantages. High-rise typologies can play an important role in the ongoing densification process and can make the urban landscape more readable.We would like to open the debate about using high-rise typologies in Hasselt and propose not to confine this debate to a "for or against towers in Hasselt" discussion, but broaden the discussion to the relevance of this typology for the city of Hasselt.

Of course we understand the risks and challenges coming with implementation of high-rise typologies into the urban tissue of Hasselt. Hasselt is and should preserve its quality as a city on a human scale. Therefore high-rise typologies should only be allowed on specific locations and under special conditions.

We believe that it is important that the city of Hasselt works on a vision on the implementation of high rise buildings in the city. As a city it is crucial to have a proper decision-making framework in place. We feel that the city of Hasselt, like the city of Antwerp, should asses high-rise initiatives on two main considerations:

1.The location of the initiative
2. The architecture of the building

First of all the initiative should be assessed on its position in the urban fabric. Some places are more suitable then others to build up. We need to ask ourselves if the high rise initiative fits within the existing urban tissue and what the impact of the initiative will be on its surroundings and the skyline of the city and neighborhood.

If the location of the initiative is approved a second assessment of the initiative should be made. An assessment of the Architecture of the initiative. We judge the initiative on its shape, height, the materials used, sustainability and residential quality (inside and in its vicinity).

Hastholmssundet

Kjellander + Sjӧberg

Our vision for New Eriksbergsvägen involves a long-term process aimed at creating a vibrant neighborhood with diversity, greenery and great life qualities.....

Hastholmssundet

Kjellander + Sjӧberg

Team:


Ola Kjellander, Stefan Sjöberg, Fredrik Pettersson, Sylvia Neiglick, Linda Schuur, Bart Claasen, Pontus Nilsson


Project:


After winning the parallel assignment for the development of a new dens neighborhood on the edge of Kvarnholmen, Kjellander + Sjöberg was asked to take the next step in the development process and alter, improve and detail out the plan in order to convince Nacca commune to alter their zoning plan and transform our ambitions into a real project.

Over the course of a couple of weeks we altered the competition proposal to fit in de existing plans for Kvarnholmen, we optimized the block structure, we designed the right traffic solutions and improved the overall quality of the design.

Nya Eriksberg

Kjellander + Sjӧberg

Our vision for New Eriksbergsvägen involves a long-term process aimed at creating a vibrant neighborhood with diversity, greenery and great life qualities.....

Nya Eriksberg

Kjellander + Sjӧberg

Team:


Stefan Sjӧberg, Ola Kjellander, Björk Tryggvadottir, Allesandro Macaluso, Bart Claassen


Project:


Eriksbergsvägen is a popular neighborhood in central Uppsala, built in the late 50’s. Today the neighborhood is slowly dilapidating and renovation is needed. Uppsala Hem, with a portfolio of 1500 homes in the neighborhood, the deciding partner in this renvotion process proposed to not only renovate the existing buildings but to add 2000 new homes to Eribsbergsvägen. An ambition that an opportunity for innovation and sustainable urban development with a holistic approach. A development that is carefully, transparently and democratically, in dialogue form. One where the existing values are captured, maintained and enhanced.

Vision
Our vision for New Eriksbergsvägen involves a long-term process aimed at creating a vibrant neighborhood with diversity, greenery and great life qualities. The district will have a varied content with opportunities for different types of businesses, residences, residents and lifestyles. By mixing tenures, a variety of urban spaces, buildings and architecture from different periods Eriksbergsvägen becomes a rich and complex neighborhood. Play is a central theme in our New Eriksbergsvägen. All urban spaces have been formed on the basis of optimizing opportunities for children. We believe that by making Eriksbergsvägen the best possible neighborhood for children, it also becomes a good place for everyone!

The Eriksberg loop
The separate parts of New Eriksberg are linked together by a connecting element, a new main street. The ‘Eriksberg loop' creates an experience with different sequences and characters based on local conditions, all with a common architectural language and surface treatment.

The loop has a robust and beautiful shared space surface and encourages walking and cycling over motor traffic. Custom designed urban furniture, seating places, plants and greenery give the street its unique character. A series of squares and places are planned at strategic locations. A concentration of events is established in these social nodes.

Nya Kronetorp

Kjellander + Sjӧberg

Four companies were asked to produce a skeleton plan for a new city development in Burlöv......

Nya Kronetorp

Kjellander + Sjӧberg

Team:


Stefan Sjӧberg, Mimi wide Gustafsson, Allesandro Macaluso, Bart Claassen


Project:


Four companies were asked to produce a skeleton plan for a new city development in Burlöv a town between Lund and Malmo. The aim was to develop a plan that houses approximately 6000 people.

Our plan takes its orientation and structure from the existing landscape and is build upon four main design elements. We turned the existing main roads into city streets and brought back the existing landscape in the form of a central park that connects the historical farm to the mill and the Kronetorp Garden. To block out the noise and pollution from the two highways surrounding the area we choose to construct a hilled park. The hilled park doubles as an interesting public space and also connects the recreational landscapes surrounding our area.

The forth main element is our block structure. The simple street pattern and the size of the blocks give a lot of flexibility to the future development. The plan contains three main block sizes based on the measurements 40, 50 and 60 meters which provide a variety of different precincts and building types. The displaced block streets is a sub-strategy in creating a good micro-climate in the lee of dominant wind directions and to give priority for pedestrians and cyclists. The blocks have informal passages and minor thoroughfare where children and adults can easily move between different park area and locations.

Mitigating heat in the city

Own project (TU/e)

This research focuses on the question how to mitigate the heat island effect of an urban area. In this case two urban districts in the city of Rotterdam; Bospolder and Tussendijken.....

Mitigating heat in the city

Own project (TU/e)

Team:


Bart Claassen

Project:


This research focuses on the question how to mitigate the heat island effect of an urban area. In this case two urban districts in the city of Rotterdam; Bospolder and Tussendijken. A question that in addition to the translation of scientific knowledge into practical design tools asks for the embedding of the mitigation of the heat island effect into the ongoing process of urban renewal.

Heat island effect
The heat island effect can best be seen as a heat aggravation factor. It increases the temperature in an urban area in comparison to the surrounding countryside. The heat island effect arises as a result of heat accumulation due to a combination of different features of an urban area and can best be described using the energy balance of the earth’s surface.

The equation shows that a heat island effect is caused by several different causes. In general two of them are considered to have the most influence. The albedo value (=reflectiveness of the material used) and the decrease of evaporation in urban areas (due to a lack of vegetation and water). Out of the two of them evaporation can be seen as the main cause for the heat island effect.

Measures
Measures to mitigate heat island effect play on the knowledge of these causes. Urban designers can reduce heat accumulation by stimulating evaporation, using different materials, altering the urban geometry and by the reduction of the development of anthropogenic heat and air pollution.

In this research I developed a simple basic toolbox with the most important design principles for every of the five different categories as mentioned above.

Case study (Bospolder & Tussendijken)
The second step in this project was to try to implement these measures to mitigate a heat island into an ongoing urban transformation process. In this case the transformation of two neighborhoods in Rotterdam; Bospolder & Tussendijken.

A study executed by TNO (2010) showed a significant heat island effect in both Bospolder and Tussendijken. The heat island effect in Bospolder and Tussendijken arises as a result of a decrease of evaporation (lack of vegetation and water) and the generation of heat due to use of materials with poor properties.

Therefore, the main task for the mitigation of the heat island effect in Bospolder and Tussendijken consists of adding vegetation, changing the water processing system and adjusting the materials used in the neighborhoods.

Proposal
This research adds the mitigation of the heat island effect of Bospolder and Tussendijken to the ongoing urban renewal process and alters the ambitions and end result. The new approach for the urban renewal process consists of three main interventions:

1. A system change. Parking is taken out of the street and is put in local parking garages. The car makes way for a more interesting streetscape with lots of vegetation and trees.
2. Voids in the urban tissue are fixed. The projects are used to develop the necessary parking garages and add new desired housing typologies to the building stock.
3. A high end renovation of the existing buildings (green roofs and facades)

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Proeftuinen klimaatbestendige stad 2013

Own project + Freelance Urhahn Urban Design

This project revolves around the question how the (changes in) climate influences our existing neighbourhoods. A question asked in five test sites spread around the country.....

Proeftuinen klimaatbestendige stad 2013

Own project + Freelance Urhahn Urban Design

Team:


Bart Stoffels (Urhahn Urban Design), Michiel Brouwer (MBDSO), Bart Claassen


Project:


This project revolves around the question how the (changes in) climate influences our existing neighbourhoods. A question asked in five test sites spread around the country. Every test site has its own problems and asks for a different solution. For instance the Paleiskwartier in ‘s-Hertogenbosch has a significant heat problem in the summer and in the neighbourhood there are problems with the water quality and in the summer there is even a lack of water, while Kockengen suffers from an overflow of water which results in ground settlement.

In this project we worked with experts (I was one of them) and locals (members of the municipality and involved parties) on finding ways to implement measures and incorporate them into their local policies. At first we looked for local solutions for local problems, but eventually we arrived at a more global idea to implement climate adaptation into the regular planning and maintenance process for existing neighbourhoods: ‘Meekoppelmetro’.

Meekoppelmetro
The meekoppelmetro is nothing more than an idea to integrate climate adaptation into every process that is going on in the average neighbourhood. You can put climate measures into place when people alter their homes and or gardens, when the streets, or sewer system needs to be refurbished, etc. This system requires a different way of thinking about the management of neighbourhoods and links different stakeholders.

Stad en Ziel

Own project

I was asked to produce a corporate identity and website for Stad en Ziel a start-up company that works in the fields of urban design and project management.....

Stad en Ziel

Own project

Team:


Bart Claassen

Project:


I was asked to produce a corporate identity and website for Stad en Ziel a start-up company that works in the fields of urban design and project management. The commission consisted of the development of a logo, business cards and a website.

IABR - Upload Eindhoven

Freelance Urhahn Urban Design

For the 2012 International Architectural Biennale Rotterdam Urhahn Urban Design was asked by the city of Eindhoven to showcase the potential of the derelict industrial complexes in the city......

IABR - Upload Eindhoven

Freelance Urhahn Urban Design

Team:


Bart Stoffels, Maarten Lankester, Bart Claassen

Project:


For the 2012 International Architectural Biennale Rotterdam Urhahn Urban Design was asked by the city of Eindhoven to showcase the potential of the derelict industrial complexes in the city.

Upload Eindhoven is an interactive tool with which every player (a potential investor, a small business owner, a start-up company, an artist) can find an optimal space that for fills their needs. The tool looks for the perfect match between the players requirements and the available spaces.

Shenyang, Baita river

Urhahn Urban Design

Following an earlier study on a massive (about 5,750 ha) expansion plan for the city of Shenyang (China). Urhahn Urban Design was asked to work on the design of a park located in this expansion plan alongside the Baita River.....

Shenyang, Baita river

Urhahn Urban Design

Team:M


Robert ten Elsen, John Breen, Bart Claassen

Project:


Following an earlier study on a massive (about 5,750 ha) expansion plan for the city of Shenyang (China). Urhahn Urban Design was asked to work on the design of a park located in this expansion plan alongside the Baita River. The 6-kilometer park will provide the necessary green and leisure space in the very densely built Shenyang and plays a key role in the settlement of rainwater in the city.

Stadsregio Amsterdam

Freelance Urhahn Urban Design

The metropolitan region of Amsterdam is in a constant transformation. Changes in transportation flows in and around the city confirm the idea of a pluricentral metropolis.....

Stadsregio Amsterdam

Freelance Urhahn Urban Design

Team:


Bart Stoffels, Josje Marie Vrolijk, Bart Claassen

Project:


The metropolitan region of Amsterdam is in a constant transformation. Changes in transportation flows in and around the city confirm the idea of a pluricentral metropolis; people move between Schiphol, Haarlem, Amsterdam, Amstelveen and other destinations in the Randstad. Amsterdam city central is no longer the central node in the network but just a destination in a more diverse grid.

Stadsregio Amsterdam asked Urhahn Urban Design to visualize their ambitions and projects for a part of this network; the A9-corridor. Over the next years the A9-corridor will undergo some major changes. Separate buslanes will make te public transport connections in this area faster and more reliable and at strategic places new terminals will be erected to streamline the switch between different modes of transportation.

Hasselt Kempische Poort

Urhahn Urban Design

bridge must be raised by 2.10 m, a civil engineering project at first sight. But such a reconstruction must offer a broader, more sustainable value.....

Hasselt Kempische Poort

Urhahn Urban Design

Team:


Bart Stoffels, Maarten Lankester, Bernardina Borra, Bart Claassen

Project:


A bridge must be raised by 2.10 m, a civil engineering project at first sight. But such a reconstruction must offer a broader, more sustainable value. The Traffic Agency and the City of Hasselt see that and are looking for synergies for the city and its roads. Together with Witteveen + Bos, Urhahn Urban Design proposed to untie the regional road structure from the ground level of the city. The current excess of asphalt is exchanged for a vital street that forms the heart of a contiguous urban area that can attract new urban programme. In the middle of the area a space for the Valley Park arises; the new city park in Hasselt.

Zaanstad Schildersbuurt

Urhahn Urban Design

In the ‘Schildersbuurt’ in Zaandam the inhabitants were overwhelmed by various plans and initiatives for the area. The municipality of Zaanstad therefore asked Urhahn Urban Design to involve the inhabitants.....

Zaanstad Schildersbuurt

Urhahn Urban Design

Team:


Tess Broekmans, Norton Flores Troche, Bart Claassen

Project:


In the ‘Schildersbuurt’ in Zaandam the inhabitants were overwhelmed by various plans and initiatives for the area. The municipality of Zaanstad therefore asked Urhahn Urban Design to involve the inhabitants in the process by creating a new vision for the area together with them, by Community Planning. In a series of workshops supported by scale models, reference projects and open discussions about wishes and proposals, a shared vision was created that is supported by all parties.

Leiden city centre more accesible

Urhahn Urban Design

The centre of Leiden has an impressive history, a surprising number of ‘stray environments’ and several museums of international stature. The city also has to contend with the unhappy infrastructure choices of the second half of the twentieth century......

Leiden city centre mor accesible

Urhahn Urban Design

Team:


Bart Stoffels, Bart Claassen

Project:


The centre of Leiden has an impressive history, a surprising number of ‘stray environments’ and several museums of international stature. The city also has to contend with the unhappy infrastructure choices of the second half of the twentieth century.

The public space is dominated by tarmac, the incessant flow of buses and parking zones. This situation inhibits the economic development of the centre, which has a strong potential for the region. Urhahn Urban Design worked on several projects in various partnerships for the city of Leiden.

A vision for the centre that improves accessibility to a much stronger spatial quality (along with Goudappel Coffeng) and a quick scan of the spatial economic effects of the RijnGouwelijn, an intended new means of public transportation (with Decisio).

The image of Wageningen

Buro Room

under construction.....

Regio Holland Rijnland

Urhahn Urban Design

Regio Holland Rijnland is working hard to keep the region easily accessible by car and public transport. In the next decade several projects will improve.....

Regio Holland Rijnland

Urhahn Urban Design

Team:


Bart Stoffels, Robert ten Elsen, Bart Claassen

Project:


Regio Holland Rijnland is working hard to keep the region easily accessible by car and public transport. In the next decade several projects will improve and stream line the existing network. To make this process presentable to the general public Urhahn Urban Design was asked to make visualisations (maps) and presentations.

Amsterdam Oostenburg

Urhahn Urban Design

The Amsterdam inner city has a ratio of living-working of about 1:1. This is a proven combination that leads to urbanity, vitality and a beloved city. Oostenburg, a former harbor area of the East Indie Company and until recently used by companies like Stork, is located in the inner city. The working area will soon be opened up to mixed use......

Amsterdam Oostenburg

Urhahn Urban Design

Team:


Maarten Lankester, Bernardina Borra, Tess Broekmans, Bart Claassen

Project:


The Amsterdam inner city has a ratio of living-working of about 1:1. This is a proven combination that leads to urbanity, vitality and a beloved city. Oostenburg, a former harbor area of the East Indie Company and until recently used by companies like Stork, is located in the inner city.

The working area will soon be opened up to mixed use. Urhahn Urban Design made a plan for the owner of the area (housing association Stadgenoot), that makes use of the entrepreneurial background: anyone who wants to take part in building up a new metropolitan part of town, will be an entrepreneur.

Both residents and companies are invited to realize their dreams in this unique part of the centre. The plan provides for small grain plots and gradual development, thus giving shape to the principles of the spontaneous city.

Kariakoo, Dar es Salaam

ArchiAfrika (workshop)

In the summer of 2005 I participated in the Workshop “Modern Architecture around Independence”......

Kariakoo, Dar es Salaam

ArchiAfrika (workshop)

Team:


Martina Tomsic, Sophie Hayen, Patrick Genes, Bart Claassen

Project:


In the summer of 2005 I participated in the Workshop “Modern Architecture around Independence”. The workshop was organized for students of the TU/e, TU Delft, KU Leuven and UCLAs and had as main purpose to document and analyze modern architecture in Tanzania from the period around independence. During the workshop, we analyzed in a group of four students the Kariakoo area with a focus on the central market complex of the African Architect BJ Amuli.

Kariakoo was a poor black neighborhood in Dar es Salaam, but has fallen into a transformation with the arrival of the market complex. Turning the neighborhood into an ever growing open air market. The original traditional buildings make way for apartments and residential complexes. Following the workshop, a conference took place on modern architecture in Africa from the period 1950-1970.

Portfolio

Urban design

A selection of projects I have been working on over the past couple of years as an Urban Designer.....

Portfolio

Urban Design

Portfolio:


A selection of projects I have been working on over the past couple of years as an Urban Designer. Click the image above to open my portfolio online at issuu or download a high resolution version

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Resume

August 2014

I have worked as an intern, on freelance basis and as an (independent) urban designer in a number of architecture and urban design companies.....

Resume

March 2015


InitialsB.E.J. (Bart)0032 (0)468162431
Date of birth05-07-1982bejclaassen
NationalityDutch@_bartclaassen
AdressMaastrichtersteenweg 204Binfo@bartclaassen.nl
zip code3500 Hasselt
Belgium
www.bartclaassen.nl

Skills / Languages

IllustratorAutocadDutch
PhotoshopArchicadEnglish
IndesignSketchup
DreamweaverMicrosoft Office

Experience

(relevant)
10/2014 - presenta2o atelier voor architectuur en omgeving (urban designer)
Currently I work as an independent urban designer at a2o. At a2o I work on several larg(er) scale design projects in Flanders.
09/2013 - 06/2014Kjellander + Sjöberg (junior urban designer)
As a junior urban designer I was responsible for the development of the plans for both the design competitions. I did most of the drawing work and managed both project groups.
08/2013 - 12/2013
12/2013 - 02/2014
03/2014 - 06/2014
Nya Eriksberg (design competition
Nya Kronetorp (design competition)
Hastholmssundet (development plan)
03/2013 - presentBart Claassen Stedebouwkundige (owner, urban designer)
I work as an independent urban designer on a freelance basis for several urban design compainies. I also work on own urban and graphic design projects and I conduct research on adaptation to climate change in the urban environment.
08/2013 - 01/2014Laboratory for climate adaptation Hoofddorp (Commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment)
(expert climate adaptation)
07/2013Design of the corporate identity of “Stad en Ziel”
(graphic designer)
2013BRO Boxtel (Freelance urban designer)
Right from the start of my career as an independent urban designer I became BRO’s first choice in their flexible layer of freelance urban designers. On a freelance basis I worked on the following projects:
03/2013
04/2013
04/2013
04/2013
04/2013
Communal and vision map Kalmthout (tender)
Masterplan Sliedrecht
Preliminary design refurbishment Eperweg (N309) in ‘t Harde
Preliminary design refurbishment Kasteellaan Oud-Heusden
3d model Stadshof Deventer; model based research city centre
2011-2013Urhahn Urban Design (Freelance urban designer)
After my internship I joined the flexible layer of freelance urban designers of Urhahn Urban Design. On a freelance basis I work for Urhahn Urban Design as a designer, draftsman and consultant.
12/2011
05/2012

02/2013
Visualisatons StadsRegio Amsterdam (SRA)
'Upload Eindhoven' International Architecture Biënnale Rotterdam 2012
Revision visualisations Stadsregio Amsterdam (SRA)
07/2005 - 08/2005Workshop: Modern Architecture in Tanzania around independence (paricipant)

Internships

08/2012 - 12/2012Buro Room (assistent urban designer)
Besides working on my graduation project, I worked part-time on the development of an urban atlas of the city of Wageningen for the project ‘The image of Wageningen. For this atlas I made several thematic maps and icons. The results of this study and the atlas will be published in ‘Scape magazine.
01/2011 - 07/2011Urhan Urban Design (junior urban designer)
To acquire relevant working experience, I did a 6 months internship at Urhahn Urban Design. During this period I worked on 12 projects. As junior urban designer I was mainly responsible for the development, the of design and the manufacturing of maps, models and presentations.

Education

Januari 2013Master Urban Design and Planning
(Technical University Eindhoven)
Graduation project:Mitigating heat in the city; A case study to the districts Bospolder and Tussendijken
mark: 8 (≈ B+)
Januari 2006Bachelor Urban Planning and Architecture
(Technical University Eindhoven)
juni 2000VWO
(Pius X College Bladel)
graduated in:Dutch, Englisch, Economics 1, Maths B, Physics, Chemistry and Biology

Courses

12/2010 - 12/2012Graphic Design / DTP
(LOI)


Bart Claassen

Stedebouwkundige

This website is designed to showcase my work as an urban and graphic designer but who am I, who is the man behind Bart Claassen stedebouwkundige.....

Bart Claassen

Stedebouwkundige


Well... as you will probably have guessed by now my name is Bart Claassen. I am 32 years old and a trained urban designer. Currently I live work and live in Hasselt Belgium.

Prior to and since graduating from the Technical University Eindhoven, with a Master’s degree of Urban Design firms in the Netherlands and last year I worked as an assistant or junior urban designer at Kjellander + Sjӧberg. A Stockholm based architectural firm.

As an Urban designer I have worked on concepts for design competitions, visualizations for spatial planning processes, scale models, detailed street designs and research projects in various countries around the world.

Working together?


I am always looking for new challenges. So please do not hesitate to contact me to join forces or just to discuss a project or problem.

Links

Network

Here you can find direct links to companies that I have worked for and with.....

World

Travelling, working, living

Countries I did projects, lived in or have been to.....

World

Travelling, working, living

Over the next couple of years I will (hopefully) add countries to all three of these categories..


Travelling:


Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Kenia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Maroc, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania

Projects:


Belgium, China, the Netherlands, Tanzania, Sweden

Lived in:


Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden

Contact



Msc. B.E.J. Claassen

[mailing adress]0032 468 16 24 31
Maastrichtersteenweg 204b bus 1bejclaassen
3500 Hasselt@_bartclaassen
Belgiuminfo@bartclaassen.nl