Kees Christiaanse, born 1953 in Amsterdam, studied architecture and urban planning at the TU Delft. From 1980 until 1989 he worked for the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam, becoming a partner in 1983. In 1989 Kees Christiaanse founded his own office ir. Kees Christiaanse Architects & Planners in Rotterdam, KCAP since 2002. From 1996 until 2003 he taught architecture and urban planning at TU Berlin (DE). Since 2003 he is professor at the ETH in Zurich (CH). In 2009 Kees Christiaanse was curator of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) with the title “Open City. Designing Coexistence”.
Next to his work as an architect, Kees focuses on urban assignments in complex situations and on guiding of urban processes. He is a consultant to several airports and expert in the development of university campuses and in the revitalization of former industrial, railway and harbour areas, which is illustrated by KCAP’s work in the docklands of Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Hamburg and London.
Today the equilibrium of cities seems to be widely steered by Big Projects, like Kowloon Station, Lujiazui in Shanghai, Kings Cross in London or HafenCity in Hamburg. Also the impact of Big Events, like the Olympic Games, in the city have a far-reaching influence on the local urban condition. What does this mean for the role of urban design?
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