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'Astute, but not too critical'

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PRESIDENT'S MEDALS DISSERTATIONS

WINNER TIMOTHY O'CALLAGHAN UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER Center Parcs Tutor: Murray Fraser This dissertation charts the evolution of the Center Parcs formula from the very first parks in the Netherlands - which were little more than luxurious camping grounds when compared with the current and more sophisticated incarnation of the holiday chain. Particularly fascinating are the origins of Center Parcs in the ideas of its founder, a fanatical Catholic entrepreneur, and his chosen architect, Jaap Bakema. The latter was a leading member of the radical architecture group Team X, and brought the latest Modernist architectural thinking into his design for the camp environments. As well as looking at these architectural inuences, the dissertation deals openly with the social intentions and meanings. Hence it also attempts to analyse the potential for a further evolution of the Center Parcs formula into a permanent (sub)urban community, blurring the limits of work and leisure completely.

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