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Hybrid Space Lab
is a think tank and design lab that focuses on cultural innovation.

Hybrid Space Lab
is an interdisciplinary platform where architects, urbanists, landscape architects, designers and media artists collaborate with soft- and hardware engineers in the development of projects, research and theory for combined analogue and digital, urban, architectural, design, and media spaces.
The scope of our work ranges from urban games and urban planning, to buildings and architectural interiors, 1:1 industrial design applications, and wearables.

Hybrid Space Lab
is a research, development and design practice focusing on the hybrid fields emerging from the combination and fusion of environments, objects, and services within their networked systems of production, distribution, use, and recycling.

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Hybrid Space Lab addresses the interconnected challenges of today, across the issues of environment and climate change, globalisation and migration, digitisation and accelerating technological developments.
We approach the technological developments from the perspective of the designer, architect, urbanist by “inhabiting technology” – transforming technological developments to meet today’s needs and desires.

“That knowledge has become the resource rather than a resource, is what makes our society “post-capitalist”. It changes, fundamentally, the structure of society. It creates new social dynamics. It creates new economic dynamics. It creates new politics.”
Peter Drucker Post-Capitalist Society”, 1993

“Drucker proposed ‘the universal educated person’… combining the manager’s ability to apply knowledge with the intellectual’s ability to deal with pure concepts. Such an individual would be the opposite of the polymath – those rare people who are simultaneously expert in Mandarin Chinese and nuclear physics. This new type of person would, on the contrary, be someone able to pick up and run with the products of expert research in narrow fields and apply them generally: applying chaos theory to economics, genetics to archeology, or data-mining to social history.”
Paul MasonPostcapitalism”, 2015

Elizabeth Sikiaridi and Frans Vogelaar are the founders of Hybrid Space Lab.
Professor Elizabeth Sikiaridi has lectured since 1997 on design in the urban landscape at the University of Duisburg-Essen and at the University of Applied Sciences Ostwestfalen-Lippe. Elizabeth was born in London and grew up in Athens. She studied architecture and urbanism at the École d’Architecture de Belleville in Paris and at the Technical University of Darmstadt (graduated with honours). She worked at the architectural office Behnisch & Partner in Stuttgart on the extension of the German Federal Bank in Frankfurt and on the German Federal Parliament in Bonn and at the Technical University Berlin.

Professor Frans Vogelaar founded, in 1998, the first Department of Hybrid Space worldwide at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Germany. Frans was born in Holland and grew up in Zimbabwe and Holland. He studied industrial design at the Design Academy Eindhoven (graduation with honours) and architecture and urbanism at the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) in London. He worked at the architectural and design office Studio Alchymia (Allessandro Mendini) in Milan and at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA/Rem Koolhaas) in Rotterdam.

We are Visiting Professors at the Politecnico di Milano Design School in Milan, Italy, Fly-In Professor at GUtech School of Urban Planning and Architecture in Muscat, Oman, 111 Professor at China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China and Guest Professor at Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing, China.

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