Kristian Koreman (1978) studied landscape architecture at IAH Larenstein and philosophy at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. He founded ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles] in 2001 with Elma van Boxel, where they work on solicited and unsolicited designs and research studies in the field of architecture, urbanism and landscape design. Realized projects include the landscape design of the Dutch Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo 2010, the Central Park on the World Expo, the Printemps park at Grand Bigard Brussels and the exhibition pavilion Spiegelzee on the Dutch coast. Key projects of Kristian are the sea lock IJmuiden, which is the world’s largest sea lock, and Hoogwatergeul Veessen (inland delta works). Recently, Elma and Kristian have been working together with MIT and Urbanisten on the Rebuild by Design Project in the U.S.
ZUS researches and intervenes in the contemporary urban landscape with productions ranging from urban plans and architecture to installations and fashion. Within this complex field they find theirselves constantly in between two positions: as co-author and as critic.
ZUS works with a belief that every place has the potential to become unique and thrilling. A spatial intervention should therefore always be inspired by the specific qualities of the situation and driven by an optimistic attitude. They have to deal with rapid changing conditions and adapt their tactics to give shape to our constantly modernizing society. With designs for urban districts, parcs, public spaces, buildings and installations they try to contribute to a collective and sustainable future.
Architecture has become marginalized in the last two decades by responding mainly to the demands of the market. ZUS reclaims the public role of the architect by making social challenges explicit by means of unsolicited architecture and architectural activism. With proposals, exhibitions and publications they not only contribute but also question and criticize the field they work in.