ArchiDutch is a story of architecture and the creation of space in the Netherlands as seen through the eyes of some of the most prominent space-makers today. Petra Blaisse (Inside/Outside), Reinier de Graaf (OMA), Vincent de Rijk (Werkplaats Vincent de Rijk), and Jacob van Rijs (MVRDV) discuss what it is about the Netherlands that has led to such innovative architecture and urbanism.
This documentary was produced by Saba Nowroozi, Morgan Fraser, and myself. Initial filming of interviews and context footage took place during our Dutch Design field school in the summer of 2011. After returning to Vancouver and reviewing our footage, I returned to the Netherlands for three weeks in the fall of 2011 to continue filming. As a result, most context footage shown in both this film and Dutchness, the partner documentary on Dutch design, were filmed by me.
Dutch Design was an inaugural field school to Northern Europe conducted by professor Russell Taylor and the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at SFU. Myself and 13 other students travelled to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Arnhem, Makkum, Malmo (Sweden), and Copenhagen (Denmark), interviewing designers and architects. I was selected by my professor to work as part of a team of four and develop questions for all interviews, ensuring that our interviews would cover similar themes. I focused on developing questions for the architects and urban designers of the field school, conducting interviews one-on-one with Jurgen Bey, Reinier de Graaf, and Jacob van Rijs.