Van Ginkel studied architecture at Elkerlyc Academy of Architecture and Applied Art, Lage Vuurse, Netherlands, and sociology at the University of Utrecht. He then worked in architecture and planning offices in the Netherlands, Sweden and Ireland and had his own architectural practice in Amsterdam. This experience brought him into contact with a wide range of European modernists including J. Bakema, Cornelius van Eesteren, Sven Markelius, Aldo van Eyck and Ralph Erskine. Van Ginkel himself was aligned first with Congrès Internationaux de l'Architecture Moderne (CIAM) and then Team X, for whom he drafted the Doorn Manifesto.
In 1957 van Ginkel moved to Montréal with his Canadian wife Blanche Lemco VAN GINKEL and established van Ginkel Associates, a multidisciplinary design and management firm. Their timing was propitious as Montréal - and Canada - was on the verge of rapid development, and Canadian planning and urban design in its infancy. Among the earliest projects of the firm were the planning of Bowring Park in St John's and a series of critical Montréal studies that led to the protection of the historic centre (particularly Old Montréal) in the face of inevitable development. They included the Montréal Port Study (1958-59), the Central Area Circulation Plan (1960-61), a plan for Old Montréal (1960-61), and planning and design for EXPO 67 (1962-67).
Subsequent work influenced the course of development across North America and Asia. This includes the design of a prototype airport terminal facility for Transport Canada (1970); an atlas of the communities of the Mackenzie (1975); a study on building in the North for Canadian Arctic Gas (1976) and the completion of a development plan for Pahang Tenggara, Malaysia (1973). Particularly notable was Movement in Midtown (1970-71), a circulation plan for Midtown Manhattan and the development of a new urban transit vehicle, dubbed the Ginkelvan (1973).
Sandy van Ginkel published widely in both professional and popular journals, and lectured in various capacities to university students of architecture, planning and urban design. In 1986 he was the Thomas Jefferson Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia. In 1991 van Ginkel designed an exhibition of the work of John C. Parkin at Academy House, Toronto. From 1989 on, he worked primarily as a sculptor. In 2003 he was awarded the Order of Urbanists of Quebec for his contribution to urbanism and to protecting the heritage of Montréal. In 2007 he was named a member of the ORDER OF CANADA.
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This website is devoted to Team 10, an informal international group of architects that challenged conventional thinking about architectural planning and urbanism in the second half of the 20th century. Features an extensive online collection of material related to Team 10 participants, activities, conferences, presentations, and academic papers.
In this interview, Moshe Safdie comments on how H.P. Daniel van Ginkel and Team 10 influenced his formative years in architecture. From McGill University.
Team 10/A Utopia of the Present
An introduction to "Utopia of the Present," an exhibition about the ideas of Team 10 – a group of leading European architects in the 1950s and 1960s. From the website for the Netherlands Architecture Institute. A PDF file.
New Ideals for Building in the Face of Modernism
A review of a 2006 Yale University exhibition that explores the work and ideas of Team 10. From the New York Times.
Team 10, 1953 - 1981, In search of a Utopia of the Present
A brief synopsis of a book about the impact of Team 10 on contemporary architecture. From NAi publishers.
Representing history or describing historical reality?
An analysis of alternative views on urban planning during the 20th century. Focuses on the Congres Internationaux d'Architecture Moderne, Team 10, the "Statement on Habitat/Doorn Manifesto," and related issues. From the website for the 2002 International Conference on the Research of Modern Architecture.
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