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Francine Houben of Mecanoo in Rotterdam speaks at the National Gallery


October 1, 2011
by Canadian Architect

Dutch architect Francine Houben of Mecanoo speaks on the theme of “Dutch Mountains” at 6:00pm on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Rotterdam-based Mecanoo architecten, officially founded in Delft in 1984, is made up of a highly multidisciplinary staff of over 90 creative professionals from 25 nationalities and includes architects, interior designers, urban planners, landscape architects and architectural technicians. The company is directed by its original founding architect Francine M. J. Houben, technical director Aart Fransen, along with partners Francesco Veenstra, Ellen van der Wal and Paul Ketelaars.  Mecanoo, named after the British erector set invented in 1898, was born out of innovation in the form of a winning design competition in 1984 to create a flexible social-housing project in the centre of Rotterdam.  Mecanoo’s project portfolio includes houses, complete neighbourhoods and skyscrapers, cities, schools, theatres and libraries, hotels, museums and even a chapel. 

This lecture is presented by the Forum Founding Sponsors with the collaboration of the Dutch Embassy.

For more information, please visit www1.carleton.ca/architecture/forum-lecture-series-2/


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