Habraken wrote a book called ‘Supports’ which proposed a method of mass housing where the ‘support’ or base building is separated from. Supports: An Alternative to Mass Housing [N. J. Habraken] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The architecture / housing / urbanism book that launched the Supports / Open Building movement John F.C. Turner ยท out of. Entrevista a John Habraken Almost fifty years after the publication of your book Supports, and with the mass housing dominating us, your theories are still.

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Architects and critics generally deplored the lack of pictures as to what supports might look like.

John Habraken

In his overview a short graph is added to each project stating which of a number of characteristics of OB projects are found in it. Supports advocated an approach where the Suplorts provided the infrastructure on top sjpports and between which people could build their own housing, influenced in some respects by the work of the Megastructuralists.

The wupports comprises a building block in an extant part of Osaka city. Others saw in it as a subversive tract, inciting the masses. When the first edition was about to come out, the publisher, Paul Nijhoff-Asser, told me “this book will be read by few, but everybody will have an opinion about it”.

He has lectured on these topics worldwide and is the author of a vast number of books, research reports, and many articles. Moreover these technical facilities may be found in very different parts of the dwelling habrqken.

This ingenious urban layout produced a very specific and architecturally attractive urban environment. Habraken remains occupied with methods and theory of architectural and urban design.

N. John Habraken – Wikipedia

An interview with John Habraken. SAR was set up to enable help architects design ‘supports’ or ‘base buildings’ to be filled in on the behest of user inhabitants. Van Nostrand Reinhold, Hundred years later municipal officials launched a participatory project.


This is a weak version of the original Dutch text which said, translated literally: Whatever the case, I was convinced that the separation of support and infill was inevitable in the long run. In his seminal book “Supports” Habraken proposes the separation of “Supports” or base buildings from “Infills” in residential construction and design as a means of giving inhabitants a meaningful participative role in the design process.

Frans van der Werf; Open Ontwerpen. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In it’s ‘conclusion’ the English edition says ” There is no question of invention here, but rather of a certain insight”.

Thursday, 1 Marchfrom While commercial developers increasingly leave occupancy of office space to the renters of such spaces, they remain wary of this approach in residential for-sale projects. Habraken is the author of numerous books, research reports and articles.

SAR developed a method by which a link could be made between the actual base building and the range of floor plans it made possible. Once available in English, it was widely distributed, reprinted several times and translated in other languages many of them unauthorized and unseen by the author.

Spatial Agency: John Habraken

This allows users to have a meaningful participation in the design of their homes, can accommodate self-building and is a highly flexible building model that can be adapted as required. Read all about it in the flyer. This is, I believe, mohn has happened before and after the publication of this book.

The result was not only that home buyers could decide on their dwelling size, as well as their own floor plan and its finishings, but also that the units were delivered in time and for the agreed upon budget while Sato company made a good profit. His theoretical research has earned him international fame.

John Habraken, a Dutch citizen, was born in Bandung, Indonesia in Their joint submission to the competition did not only offer a support design but also a detailed procedure in dealing first with habeaken would-be occupants to help them plan their units providing instant costs information, to then pass on the detailed specification and technical details to the builder.


I do not sup;orts if I was more impressed with his generosity talking to everyone who came to him or with his wisdom expressing ideas and criticisms on contemporary architecture.

In breaking up the provision of housing into a number of different components, each of which would be tackled separately, Habraken’s solution lies between what Nabeel Hamdi has termed supporfs ‘provider paradigm’ and ‘support paradigm’ in his book, Housing without Houses. Habraken explains the potential of the Open Building approach in architectural practice.

Wiewel and Sue Gibbons from the original Dutch publication: For a demonstration of sophisticated data processing in support of a commercial housing project, the Arabianranta project in Helsinki by Kahri architects and Tocoman data processing is a prime example. His theoretical contributions are in the field of user participation in mass housingthe integration of users and residents into the design process.

The theme “Resident or user participation” has been linked to Structuralism and Open building.

But while that may be, it seems to me, that this evidence also points out that the future professional establishment will be much more flexible itself and will have the capacity to organize each project in response to its particular needs. This was seen most clearly by Frank Bijdendijk, the director of a large not-for-profit housing corporation in Amsterdam.

Each OB project has its own history. The potential of a support structure as an addition to the urban field was worked out in a different way in the year in the Next21 project in Osaka, Japan. An Alternative to Mass Housingsuppogts was first published in