Work in Progress 06-06-2016: ‘Tunnel Vision’

Work in progress on a new Hermitage:  a Contemporary Hermit Hut for Stichting-Kunsteiland in Rotterdam.


An exhibition by Finesse Architecture and Marianne Lammersen 

Society functions or it doesn’t when people follow rules or break them.

A name serves to define a thing and make it familiar, bring it into the scope of our expectations and domesticate it. So we name dogs.

Numbers allow us to measure and place objects in scale. With numbers, we can count. And we can gauge difference.


In our times of great change and growth, when the world seems to be spinning faster than ever and cities, populations, ideas burgeon at a dizzying pace, people look to the familiar and the certain to reassure them and keep them safe. They establish communities of the like-minded, post their intimate lives on social networks (making confidantes out of strangers) and look to technology and structure to pull sense out of chaos.

Marianne Lammersen and Jack Chen seek to codify some of these phenomena in their work – the phenomena of boundary-making, definition, restriction and networking – in order to better understand the role these play in the creation of the modern dysfunctional psyche. In their language of form’’ both artists embed their particular systems and logic that carry through from concept to the realization of the work for the spectator to unearth. The discovery process is designed towards an inevitable moment of rupture, when expectations or desires fail and new directions or possibilities stand revealed: surprising, unexpected possibilities that allow the viewer to escape from the conventional, asking new questions and posing new responses. Continue Reading →

“Beyond the Pale”

For ‘Beyond the pale’, architect Jack Chen (Finesse Architecture) and artist Marianne Lammersen produced sculptural works in tandem that interrogate our human tendency to follow paths and conventions towards ‘successful’ conclusions. They question whether these grids, networks and norms – our own inventions – always lead to human progress, and ask the viewer to wander away from predictable paths, perhaps to stumble upon wonders they never suspected, and be surprised by what lies outside the grid… beyond the pale.

Finesse has moved to MAAK Haarlem!

Finesse Architecture has moved  into MAAK in Haarlem.  MAAK has initiated grounds for a cross pollination between the creative sector and high tech production techniques.  The innovation cluster for Haarlem sits in an inspiring ancient setting, a former 30-year municipal yard, giving a second life to one of the first buildings in the Waarderpolder. Continue Reading →

Feb. 18, 2014 Guest Critic: Gerrit Rietveld Academie

Guest Critic at GRA: Architecture Department: Focus on haptic architecture and Alzheimer environments.

Making the Temporary Last at Gogbot Festival 2012 from Jack on Vimeo.

Gogbot Festival 2012

Participating at the annual Gogbot Festival in Enschede.


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New Direction in Alzheimer’s Research

In the laboratory of Nobel laureate Dr. Paul Greengard, a team of researchers is looking into a new direction in research into the nature of Alzheimer’s disease. Preserving Your Memory talked to Jean-Pierre Roussarie, Ph.D., postdoctoral associate at the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research Laboratory, about the work they’re doing now.

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World Alzheimer’s Day: September 21: BE A PART OF THE CURE!

World Alzheimer’s Day, September 21st of each year, is a day on which Alzheimer’s organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning.

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Alzheimer’s Manifesto


People suffering from Alzheimer’s experience the limitations of their disease everyday. Instead of focussing on their limitations, acknowledge what they can still experience and create space improves their quality of life. Be constructive in tone.


Create an environment that stimulates human interaction, a place where generations can meet. It contributes to a sense of belonging to society and has a positive effect on wellbeing.

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From pampering to well-being: our search for bathing rituals


“ If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”

-Loren Eiseley, The Immense Journey, 1957

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