For this publication, quality takes precedent over reputation and innovation takes precedent over big names. The Yearbook captures how boundaries are being pushed back and how, despite everything, the architecture of the Netherlands constantly moves forward. Or are the sliding doors of politics and the market in fact opening up new possibilities? What form has living in the Vinex residential developments actually taken? What have self-build developments actually yielded? Can the 'housing consumer' truly exercise influence on the form and layout of a dream house? Who decides the architectural climate? Does the 2005 selection signal new trends? Does it reveal the outlines of new forms of urbanity, or is 'urban' synonymous with 'retro'? Besides the 30 or so projects, the Yearbook includes an essay that can be read as a voyage of discovery through a strange new world - the Netherlands anno 2005.
With projects by 3XN (Concert Hall Bimhuis), de Architekten Cie. (Philharmonie - De Tricot), Claus en Kaan (Ter Huivra), Jo Coenen (Tower Smallehaven), Constellation (Eindhoven Airport), diederendirrix (Dynamo, cultural Youth Centre; Patronaat, Pop Music Centre), DRO (Oostelijke handelskade), DRO/Hans van Heeswijk/NPK (IJ-Tramway, Rietlanden Tram Stop), GDA (Wooncom), GroupA (Booster Zuid), hvdn (Qubic Houthavens), Joustra Reid (House), MAD (Service Pavilion Kardinge), Mecanoo (Amenities Cluster Hogeveld), MOPET (Velominck), Neutelings Riedijk (Shipping & Transport College), Onix (Dogma House), ONL (Acoustic Barier, Cockpit), Rowin Petersma (Park + Ride Sloterdijk / Zeeburg), RAPP+RAPP (Ypenburg Centre), Rothuizen van Doorn 't Hooft (Lunet B), Paul de Ruiter (Veranda Car Park), Satijnplus (Kruisherenhotel), Van Schagen (Vissenkommen), Soeters Van Eldonk Ponec (Kasteel Lelienhuyze), J. van Stigt (Groot Handelsgebouw), Taneja Hartsuyker (Spaarnoogplan), Zecc (extension of townhouses), Zeinstra van der Pol (combined Heat and Power Plant), zofa (Municipal Offices).