Koolhaas and Dusart: PNSS: A PROTOTYPE NEW SETTLEMENT SYSTEM IN AN URBANIZING WORLD. Kain, Belgium: Jean Quanonne, 1970.

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PNSS:

A PROTOTYPE NEW SETTLEMENT SYSTEM IN AN URBANIZING WORLD

Teun Koolhaas and Etienne Dusart

Teun Koolhaas and Etienne Dusart: PNSS: A PROTOTYPE NEW SETTLEMENT SYSTEM IN AN URBANIZING WORLD. Kain, Belgium: Jean Quanonne, 1970. First edition. Text in English with a section of French translations at the front of the book. Quarto. Blue library fabricoid binding with Publishers wrappers bound in. 92 pp. Black and white illustrations throughout. A University Ex-Library copy with expected markings and stamps to endpapers. The actual book is unmarked and very clean. A nice clean reference copy of a scarce document.

7.75 x 7.75 ex-library book with 92 pages well-illustrated in black-and-white. Includes a bibliography. Koolhaas and Dusart began their PNSS research at Harvard University. Their initial technical report was made possible by the Commonwealth Fund and presented during "Construction et Humanisme" [Cannes, 1970]. This iteration of the report was prepared and revised "to express more recent thoughts and further analyses on the increasingly urgent development of a new settlement system." [Puerto Rico, 1970].

Etienne Robert Joseph Ghislaine Dusart (1942 – 2007) earned a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1968.

Teun Koolhaas (1940 – 2007 ) was a Dutch architect and urban planner. Koolhaas was born in Singapore, where his father, who's also the father of Rem Koolhaas, worked as a shipbuilding engineer. When Southeast Asia was occupied by Japan, Teun and his mother were imprisoned in Tjideng camp in Batavia. After the end of the Japanese occupation of Indonesia, the family was reunited, and the they moved to Hong Kong. In 1955 Koolhaas returned to the Netherlands to complete his secondary education. He then went on to study engineering at the Technical University of Delft, where he attended lectures by artists including Gerrit Rietveld and Cornelis van Eesteren. After graduating in 1967 Koolhaas continued his studies at Harvard University and MIT. At Harvard, he earned a degree in urban planning.

In 1969 Koolhaas returned to the Netherlands, where he went to work for the architectural firm, Environmental Design SA. Among other things he designed the dentistry school building at the University of Utrecht in the Uithof complex. Today, the departments of biology and pharmaceutical sciences are located there. The official name is the F.A.F.C. Went Building (after the botanist Frits Went).

In 1972 Koolhaas began working for the National Office for the IJsselmeer Polders (RIJP). As part of a team of architects, urban planners, sociologists, traffic planners and landscape architects, Koolhaas played an important role in creating the master plan for the new city of Almere in the south island of Flevoland, and was responsible for its urban design.

In 1981 Koolhaas left the Almere project and moved to the regular organization of the RIJP, where he was involved in the design of Zeewolde, and made designs for Markerwaard, a polder that was never built.

In the mid-eighties Koolhaas started out on his own, and founded Ontwerpbureau Ir. Teun Koolhaas Associates (TKA). TKA's work included the master plan for Kop van Zuid in Rotterdam. [Wikipedia]

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