AIA San Francisco is honored to host Caroline Bos in celebration of Seeing Orange: Dutch Design Week SF. Cofounder of UN Studio, an Amsterdam-based architecture firm known for its collaborative approach to design, Caroline will discuss the studio’s Deep Planning methodology and illustrate how it is incorporated into some of its projects which include the Arnhem Central Masterplan in the Netherlands and the IFCCA Urban Study for 23rd to 42nd Street in New York City.
Implemented since the 1990s, this approach requires the extended overview of the network to detect correspondences and overlaps between the locations, parties and programmes involved. Generating a situation-specific, dynamic, organisational structure plan with the aid of parameter-based techniques, the in-depth, interactive nature of the Deep Plan incorporates economics, infrastructure, programme and construction in time. As a result, relations, instead of the optimisation of individual data form the parameters of the project, generating potentials that no single, individual interest could have engendered.
Founded in 1998 by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos , UNStudio presents itself as a network of specialists in architecture, urban development and infrastructure. Current projects are the restructuring of the station area of Arnhem, a shopping mall renovation in Kaohsiung, a masterplan for Basauri, a music theatre for Graz and the design and restructuring of the Harbor Ponte Parodi in Genoa. UNStudio has realized amongst others the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, a façade and interior renovation for the Galleria Department store in Seoul and a private villa in up-state New York.
Caroline Bos studied History of Art at Birkbeck College of the University of London. After co-founding Van Berkel & Bos Architectuur Bureau in 1988 she stopped working as journalist to focus on being the internal critic for the practice, writing everything from employment contracts to essays and descriptions of projects that were yet to be designed. In 1999 Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos founded UNStudio; a network of specialists in architecture, urban development and infrastructure. As an analyst she has been involved in all UNStudio projects. Her observations and synthesis on different programmatic issues has become integral with the work of the different project teams.
With Ben van Berkel she was editor of Forum (1985-86) and the ANY publication "Diagram Works" (1998). She was visiting lecturer at Princeton University and has taught at the Berlage Institute, and UCLA. Her interest in the concept of the architect is reflected in the books she has co-written with Ben Van Berkel: "Ben van Berkel Architect" (1992), "Delinquent Visionaries" (1990), "Mobile Forces" (1994), "Move" (1999), Unfold (2003), "Design Models" (2006).
Caroline recently completed a Master's Degree in urban and regional planning, at the Geosciences Faculty of the University of Utrecht.