Hybrid Space

Media networks (Internet, telephone, television etc.) are influencing and interacting with “real” places.
The emerging space of digital information/communication flows is modifying not only our physical environment but also the social, economic and cultural organization of our societies in general [1].

The term “Hybrid Space” stands for the combinations and fusions of media and physical space. Hybrid spaces are the products of the alliances of physical objects and information/communication networks, of architectural and media space. Examples of such hybrid spaces are to be found everywhere in our daily lives, such as in the private (communication) spaces of mobile telephony creating islands of private space within public urban space or in the monitored environments where cameras keep watch over open urban space. Examples are to be found in our domestic environments, as our houses become increasingly “smart” and networked spaces: the fridge controlling the reserves of milk, the mobile phone letting us know that the oven was not switched off, the TV set ordering new movies, the workplace for working remotely being an integral part of the home…

Therefore, physical space and objects should not be looked at in isolation, but instead, considered in the context of and in correlation with the networked systems they belong to and with which they interact.

The concept of Hybrid Space does not only consider physical space in the context of and in correlation with the networked systems they belong to and with which they interact. The Hybrid Space focuses on methodologies to understand and develop in an integrated way the fusions of media space and physical place, these hybrid ambivalent spaces that are at the same time analog and digital, virtual and material, local and global, tactile and abstract.

[1] For a thorough analysis of the influences of ICT and media on society, economy and culture see: CASTELLS, M., 1996. The Rise of the Network Society. Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishers Inc..

PROJECTS

New Spatial Paradigms

New interdisciplinary fields of planning and design are introduced: Soft Urbanism, exploring the interaction of urbanism and the space of mass media and communication networks, and Hybrid Space Design, developing fused analog-digital / architectural-media spaces.

Media & City

Public urban space and the “space” of communication networks are usually considered to be competing, even mutually exclusive frameworks for social interaction. In fact, the traditional functions of public urban space are being taken over by telecommunication networks, their input/output devices implanted in (private) interiors.

Hybrid Design Institute

The merging of the three Dutch design related institutes, architecture, design and media, into a new hybrid design institute.

Domotica

Developments in the field of Domotica, the house is becoming SMART.

Deep Space

How to transform and re-signify Valle de los Caídos (“Valley of the Fallen”), the Francoist monument in the Sierra de Guadarrama close to Madrid?
Valle de los Caídos with its 152-meter-tall cross visible from more than 30 kilometers away and its “basilica”, a 263-meter long crypt with a 52-meter high vault cut out of the granite mountain rock, is one of the world’s most controversial monuments. “Deep Space: Re-signifying Valle de los Caídos” was initiated and conceptualized in February 2018 by Hybrid Space Lab as an element of the long-term “Deep Space” exploration and intervention program.

Network Space

Hybrid Space Lab is concerned with how the expanding media networks interact with the physical, the public space. Their work is to be seen at the International Architecture Biennale 1ab in Rotterdam. International Architecture Biennale 1ab in Rotterdam.

Like Space

Like Space refers to self-mediated leisure spaces that act as affective backdrops for digital self-enactment.

Technology and the City

How do we ensure quality of life in the city? How can we achieve that the environment will not suffer any damage? And that we can grow old as healthy as possible? In the year 2018, digitization can give an unprecedented dimension to the answers to these questions. Elphi Nelissen and Frans Vogelaar explore the possibilities of the digital technology for the future of the city.

NEWS

Technology & The City

BPD Magazine will publish in June 2018 a double interview with Prof. Frans Vogelaar, Partner at Hybrid Space Lab in Berlin and Prof. Dr. Elphi Nelissen, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) on how digitization is changing mobility and the city. Elphi and Frans explore the possibilities of digital technologies for citizens and cities and the design of future cities.

Deep Space: re-signifying Valle de los Caídos

“Deep Space: re-signifying Valle de los Caídos” is a workshop at the Medialab Prado in Madrid from 25 till 27 October 2018 in Madrid. Hybrid Space Lab is  co-organizing an international conference and executing workshops with public interventions and pop-up exhibitions in Berlin at the transmediale and in Rotterdam at the New Institute in 2019.

Workshop”Deep Space: re-signifying Valle de los Caídos”, @ Medialab Prado in Madrid , October 2018
Conference, Workshop, Lecture, Pop-Up Exhibition @ transmediale in Berlin, February 2019, Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, June 2019

MIT Leonardo Electronic Almanac

Scenarios for an interplay of the urban space and the media domain. New interdisciplinary fields of planning and design are introduced: Soft Urbanism, exploring the interaction of urbanism and the space of mass media and communication networks, and Hybrid Space Design, developing fused analog-digital / architectural-media spaces. Within this framework, “Idensity®” is proposed as a conceptual tool for developing space in the information-communication age.

Mart Stam Talks @ MakeCity

Lucas Verweij will moderate presentations and a panel discussion with leading artists and architects from the Netherlands and Germany who work at the interface of architecture, theatre, and material & surface design in the public space and develop remarkable, often participatory concepts.
The Mart Stam Talks are organized by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Mart Stam Stiftung für Kunst + Gestaltung and the Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin.

Lectures + Panel, Mart Stam Talks @ Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Klosterstrasse 50, Berlin, 19.00-21.00 29 June 2018