12 September 2009

Group 1: Brian, Lorenzo, Pablo

Place: Amstelpark

Visualizzazione ingrandita della mappa

Tiles are casts of the fences surrounding Amstel park. The boundary between the artificial park and natural urban environment is enhanced by reproducing elements of locks and fence details. Presentation is a recreation of the floor plan of the park with spots from which imprints are taken.

04 September 2009

Group 2: Janneke, Natasja, Yoeni

Place: Groenburgwal

Visualizzazione ingrandita della mappa

Different objects found around one of the typical public benches together with objects from home are composed and imprinted into tiles.
Keywords for this work could be: panoramic view, feeling of the living room, recreating, boats, harbor, industrial

Group 3: Kees, Maud,

Place: Bijlmerstation

Visualizzazione ingrandita della mappa

Elements of architecture transfered into drawings and back to tiles are juxtaposed to the imprinted elements of the fictional security that is provided inside of the Bijlmerstation. Presentation is recreation of the building and feelings it represents.

Group 4: Lena, Maria, Yulianna

Place: Hortis (Muntplein)

Visualizzazione ingrandita della mappa

Tiles created for the park intend to anticipate the future. Casts of the planned constructions are showing what is next to be seen and built as opposed to the once that represent time.

Group 5: Natalie, Takako

Place: Amsterdam

Visualizzazione ingrandita della mappa

Structures in tiles represent the differences in two main layers of Amsterdam city as reflected in the city map: water and ground. Ground is represented by realistic imprints, whereas water is recreated by using tape.

Booklet for instructions

Design and its double

Presentation by Giovanni Innella

Skin of Hella Jongerius in Van Abbemuseum

Logic of language Vs. World of objects

Presentation by Ivana Borovnjak

Logic of language Vs. World of objects (video)

02 September 2009

Craft, Design or Art?

Presentation by Ivana Borovnjak

Presentation - Observe.

Presentation by Giovanni Innella

3D Tiles casting

The objective is to produce the number of tiles for a specific public place/space in the City of Amsterdam. Tiles will be put in the spot as visual markers of the place/space.


  1. Think of your favorite public place/space in the City of Amsterdam. Anything goes. It can be a restaurant, bookstore, park, swimming pool, train station etc…
  2. Bring a camera, drawing papers and tools with you to school
  3. Document the place (by taking photos, drawing or simply describing it) and think about the specific details that represent it. Analyze the space and think of a sign you would like to make for it.
  4. Think of 5-10 objects that can represent this place/space. It is important that these objects are quite small, not bigger then 10x10x10 cm. You can bring already designed objects or you can make them yourself (it can even be letters that you designed). Take into the consideration the fact that these objects are going to be pressed in clay.
  5. If you think you like it better to go to the spot and take real casts of the structures and textures of the place, take clay slaps with you and do it there (you will get the material in school)

Working process (groups of students: 2-3)

Tiles are going to be made using a technique of pressing the chosen objects into the clay.

Wooden walls are going to be built around the clay slaps in order to produce positive of the forms in plaster. After drying for one day, we will produce negatives of the same forms.

Each group can afterwards intervene into the plaster designs buy cutting, sanding and coloring the pieces.

The technique is going to be introduced to all the students in detail in the first day of the workshop.


After the 3 days we expect each group of students to come up with a comprehensive series of tiles (at least 20) which are visually representing the chosen place/space in a best way. Groups should make clear and understandable oral and visual presentations of their work to the rest of the class and their teachers and think of the possible ways of presenting the project to possible clients (manager of the restaurant, director of the swimming pool etc…)