“Densification” is an inevitable trend of modern urban development. The blend and apposition of new extension with historical environment would be an important feature of cities in the next age, which would further bring about the discussion and speculation on historical value and contemporaneity. As a typical representative of high-density countries, in the last decade, the Netherlands has performed outstanding in the adaptive transformation of the built environment. Based on the interview with Prof. Kees Kaan, the founder architect of KAAN Architecten, this paper makes an in-depth analysis of the stand and method of Dutch architects facing the complex historical environment. The interview focuses particularly on transformation and renovation strategies, heritage values and practical experience, with a view to obtaining traceable research clues on design involvement in the issues of preservation and renewal.
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 20 Sep 2019|