RIBA Gold Medal Recipient: Herman Hertzberger - Space and Learning
Published: Wednesday, February 08, 2012
With the RIAI Post Primary School Competition underway, practices might explore Herman Hertzberger’s acclaimed Space and Learning, available in the RIAI bookshop (€39.50). Schools loom large in the comprehensive body of work designed by Herman Hertzberger: more than thirty have been built to date. School-building, according to Hertzberger, is one of the few areas in architecture today where designers are still able to define and influence human conditions. In his opinion, school buildings require striking a balance between use, performance and an architecture informed by education. Space and Learning brings together Hertzberger's knowledge and ideas in a theoretical study of the spatial conditions of learning, lavishly illustrated throughout with the architect's own work and that of others.
Herman Hertzberger is the recipient of the 2012 RIBA Gold Medal, which he receives on 9 February. The RIAI bookshop stocks a number of his publications including his travel guide Amsterdam (€24.00), which can be used to explore (a partly imaginary) Amsterdam. Hertzberger was born and bred in Amsterdam and looks back in this book at half a century of living, working and designing in his city.