Katrina Anne Muur
Diploma 8

The project looks at the space of “production as the essential space of the contemporary corporation”. Production is no longer based in the factory, however has becomes the production of knowledge within a generic plan located in the city.

Because of the blurring of work, leisure and living, where work consume most of our day, the corporation is often represented as an autonomous and enclosed campus where these facilities are combined as one.

The argument takes a clear position of avoiding the contemporary attitude of a corporation that absorbs the entire cycle of working, living and leisure into a segregated campus. It however, opens up to the city and uses its potential in order to define a distributed corporation.

The distribution of the corporation in the territory is not the project of fragments but a project of a whole, which you can see in this series of drawings that show the corporation as a whole in an abstract collapse of geographical distances. 
In order to compete in a highly global world, showing the top ten global cities.
Alone, the cities within the Randstad cannot compete within the global market, however, working together as one distributed network, one city.The project therefore looks at the role of open space, temporary space and permanent space as architectural elements. 
The Open is site-specific and the most permeable.
The Temporary is the most generic condition.
The Permanent is the least permeable and is specific to each project’s working conditions.Both redundancy and specificity are explored in the manual of architectural elements that addresses different working conditions in specific contexts. The ground level: it is the infrastructure that creates the specificity or autonomy to the different parts of the corporation. It is the essential element that allows for the delocalisation.
Site view: showing the corporation as a whole in an abstract collapse of geographical distances.It is the proposition of relations and conditions between architecture and context, in particular for the corporation as a production of knowledge.The autonomy of the different parts of the corporation within one territory allows the project to work as a distributed complex where the infrastructure within the territory is the element of connection.The Project uses the existing network of the Randstad, with Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag, Delft and Utrecht as the chosen sites because of their different city scales and site specifics. The project, proposes this dispersed corporate complex which expands into the territory and requires more sensitivity to the local context while maintaining an architecture for the corporation.