*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
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Like Space

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

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.

NEWS
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Deep Space @ Valle de los Caídos

Deep Space @ Valle de los Caídosis is a workshop organised together with Eric Kluitenberg and Javier Argota and Rodrigo Delso from JARD architecture studio together with the masters program in Architectonic Communication, MAca at the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

Deep Space @ Valle de los Caídos, Madrid, 1-8 October 2018

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.

Technology & The City

Technology for a better life in the city BPD Magazine will publish in June 2018 the double interview with Prof. Frans Vogelaar, 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 Nelissen and Frans [...]