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Rein Jansma
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Dutch architect Rein Jansma is the creator of the book “Stairs,” a pop-up book containing ten staircases made from folded sheets of paper. First published in 1982 in collaboration with Joost Elffers Books, the popular book has been reprinted several times since its initial publication and is in the collection of the Fine Arts Museums. Jansma was born in 1959. He studied biology and architecture for brief times at the Technical University in Delft, but did not graduate. Jansma worked as an architectural and theatrical designer and artist during the 1980s. He formed an architectural firm of Zwarts & Jansma Architects with Moshe Zwarts (b. 1937) around 1990. The firm has designed for public buildings and transportation infrastructure projects in The Netherlands and around the world, including a wildlife crossing bridge over a highway in Colorado. Its building projects include the Dutch Pavilion for the Seville Expo ’92 and the design of the roof and façade for the expansion of the Rembrandthuis Museum in Amsterdam that linked Rembrandt’s 17th century home and the adjacent 19th century “Saskia’s House.” Jansma works out of the firm’s offices in Amsterdam. (TNB 12/2017)