Street Architecture is an ethos based not on a proposed urban theory, but on urban observation. It is like a puzzle formed of pieces of various scales, representing an array of forces from the client’s brief to the builder’s hand. Karin Templin examines the residential designs of the Dutch architect Hans van der Heijden in the context of housing and urban design practice as observed in the street architecture of Florence and other European cities. She provides insights into his design approach and on the principles of Street Architecture which could be of interest to urban architects and students, as well as developers and planners. With an introduction by the German architect Hans Kollhoff.
Hans van der Heijden is an architect practicing in Amsterdam. He studied architecture and urbanism at the Technical University Delft and works on housebuilding, urban design and cultural assignments. He was editor of the Dutch Architecture Yearbook and visiting professor at the University of Cambridge. Karin Templin is an architect based between London and Florence. She studied architecture and urbanism at Kent State University in Ohio and Italy. As a practitioner, she has worked on major urban regeneration projects in Italy, the UK, and the Middle-East. She is currently completing a PhD in Architecture on the development of the 19th-century London middle-class mansion block at the University of Cambridge.