#THINK TANK

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

projects

Hybrid Urbanism

Soft Urbanism is a new interdisciplinary field of planning, investigating the transformations of space in the emerging information and communication age and designing the interplay of urban and media networks.
Hybrid Urbanism investigates the transformations of space in the information and communication age and develops and designs hybrid urban and media networks.

Cognitive Space

Media networks are influencing and interacting with ‘real’ places. These digital information-communication networks are changing our physical environment and also the social, economic, and cultural organization of our societies in general.

Neighbours Network City

Soft Urbanism is an interdisciplinary field that examines the “soft” aspects, the communication aspects, of the contemporary city.

Copy Culture

Hybridization is an evolutionary strategy of cumulative, dynamic cultures that are based on intercultural connections and fostered by cross-fertilization.

Media Babies on Chanel no.5

Telecommunications lacks the tangibility of real space. Conversely, the culture of the city needs to integrate digital technology

Design Zone

Transforming the facade of the Humboldt Forum into a living organism.
The special art edition of DER TAGESSPIEGEL, the German newspaper, publishes interview on the changing role of design in times of crisis.

FuTourism

Increasingly tourism is contributing to global prosperity and enabling intercultural exchange, increasing the global ecological footprint and threatening local culture.

Urban Incubators

A workshop focusing is the revitalization of the generic Greek modern apartment buildings “polykatoikies”

Future Diplomacy

Embassy Lab Future Diplomacy brings together experts from the Harvard J. F. Kennedy School of Government, the Académie Diplomatique Internationale in Paris, Global Diplomacy Lab, the German Federal Office, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, international diplomats, creative professionals, and other experts.

Co-Curating the City

Embassy Lab Co-Curating the City researches the potential of curating as co-creating with the public as well as the transformations of the role of the expert curator.

Today one can easily access culture as well as purchase goods and services from anywhere, just with a finger-swipe. Digital technology expands the physical dimension of shops and exhibition spaces into the virtual realm. Contemporary developments, like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, further fuse the physical and the digital into a hybrid experience.

Global Challenges Smart Solutions

Highly innovative, creative and pragmatic Dutch approach to develop technology solutions for global challenges at the Hannover Messe 2014.

Circular Economy

Circular Economy encompasses technical as well as biological cycles and has as a goal to keep materials and products at their highest utility and value during the whole up-cycling process.

Soft Urbanism

In architecture’s role of defining and materialising the spaces for social interaction, designing the relationship between the physical and digital public domain is becoming THE challenge: investigating the relation and interconnection of the ‘soft’ city with its finite material counterpart, the living environment, speculating about interfaces between the ‘virtual’ and the material urban world, and designing hybrid (analog-digital) communicational spaces.

Soft Urbanism deals with information/communication processes in space, the soft aspects overlying the urban sprawl.

Idensity®

To understand the fusions, the superimposition and the interactions of media and ‘real’ architectural/urban spaces, the new term ‘idensity®’ replaces the obsolete conventional terms of spatial distinction.

B.A.N.G. design

Design strategies for B.A.N.G. : the fusion of Binary, Atoms, Neurons, and Genes.

Velo

Sustainable and innovative cycling traffic resources and knowledge exchange between the cities of Amsterdam and Berlin.

Hybrid Health

Hybrid Health focuses on innovative health solutions that combine the physical and the digital.

Co Creating Athens

Co-Creating Athens is a field trip for international city-makers to visit and exchange with Athens urban initiatives.

TRUST 2 design

Rethinking design in order to address the changes of our future needs in our increasingly service and knowledge based society and economy.

Co-Thenticity

Cross-fertilisation, borrowing other’s ideas and incorporating elements of other’s culture into one’s own is crucial to cultural development.

new CIVIC

Citizens take part in innumerable co-creation initiatives in the private and the public domains, and more importantly in the hybrid blur where the one can’t be separated from the other.

Co-Operative

Research visit for the European Urban Agenda 2016 by Dutch Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk to Berlin.

reBoot

ReBoot is a floating media art experiment & telematic club event

Iannis Xenakis

In the aesthetic production of the 20th century, there is a fascinating moment of artistic synergy. An architect, Le Corbusier, conceives an Electronic Poem, an electronic synthesis of visual and acoustic events, and a “vessel containing the poem” [a pavilion] for the Philips corporation presentation at the 1958 Brussels World Fair.

Infodrome

Infodrome is a thinktank for the Dutch Government. With research and the article “the use of space in the information- and communication age” we contributed to the publications, workshops and discussions.

CRISIS design

Prototyping an open source toolkit for CRISIS design, design addressing sudden or unpredictable changes in climate and social conditions and dealing with migration and mobility as an effect of globalisation, unrest or war.

How can we cope with the increasing challenges associated with climate migration and migration due to humanitarian disasters?
CRISIS design innovates in/for situations of upheaval and for communities in need of new infrastructures for everyday life.
It showcases environmental and sustainable projects for unpredictable changes in climates, and/or dealing with migration and mobility as an effect of globalisation and political unrest.

CRISIS design innovates in/for situations of upheaval and for communities in need of new infrastructures for everyday life.
Permacrisis takes its cue from permaculture (sustainable agricultural ecosystems), and uses the ironic-hyperbolic prefix perma, meaning state of exception.

Smart City Governance

From “Smart Citizen” to “Smart City Governance”

How can we co-create the Smart City?
The program addresses Smart City Governance as an interactive process and provides networking opportunities between the different actors involved in urban transformation.
The complexity of urban systems demands the involvement of different stakeholders at a very early stage, in order to identify the challenges and define objectives.

Hybrid Design Institute

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

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Information Technology @ the Urban

In architecture’s role of defining and materialising the spaces for social interaction, designing the relationship between the physical and digital public domain is becoming more and more of a challenge: investigating the relation and interconnection between the “soft” city with its finite material counterpart, the living environment, speculating about interfaces between the “virtual” and the material (urban) world and designing hybrid (analog-digital) communicational spaces.

@ HOME

Doors of Perception is an annual conference, and a programme of workshops, seminars and pilot projects, organised by the Netherlands Design Institute in Amsterdam. Doors of Perception seeks answers to the question: what are multimedia and global networks actually for?Doors of Perception generates scenarios about future applications of new technology and enhance the development of multimedia and online environments by bringing together previously unconnected knowledge and skills.

Hutopolis

The social and economical transformations which are happening in both Russia and China are parallel in many ways and both countries are experiencing the shift from a planned economy to new models of development.

STRELKA Institute

Soft Urbanism is a new interdisciplinary field of design and planning.

Poly Garden City @ Kathimerini

Greek daily newspaper “Kathimerini” published article on the city greening project Poly Garden City.
Improving life in Athens requires thoughtful investment and realistic proposals.

Poly Garden City is a project for Athens, which incorporates green on a wide variety of hard surfaces of buildings, creating gardens and helping to change the microclimate. “Poly Garden City sees the whole city as a canvas for greening producing a pool of ideas for the renewal of urban centers”.

Article, Nikos Vatopoulos @ Kathimerini Newspaper, Greece, 29 June 2017 

Smart & the City

The exhibition Silk Road, Portal to World Imagination at the Xi’an Art Museum in China re-imagines the cities along the Silk Road. Smart & the City showcases the integration of Smart Technologies and the Urban, as tools for a sustainable New Smart Silk Road.
16 September-3 October 2017

Soft Urbanism

The exhibition New Silk Road at the Xi’an Art Museum in China facilitates the re-imagination of the cities along the network of the Silk Road.
Soft Urbanism, a vision of the urban in the digital age, based on a “Network Paradigm” approach to urbanism, reinvents the historic networks, connecting them to today’s hybrid, combined urban and media, networks, accelerating them into the future.
16 September-3 October 2017

Biotecture

Today’s agriculture is pioneering ‘smart’ developments such as robotics and autonomous driving on farms, drones and satellite monitoring or transponder-implants. With the help of green infrastructures, precision farming methods are informing Smart City development and enabling NatureTecture, a hybrid architecture integrating nature in built environment.
25-26 November 2017

Affect Space

The international program on “(re-) Designing Affect Space” is an extended design, practice, and theory project. It consists of a series of master classes with public interventions, of international conferences and of pop-up exhibitions.

Conference, Master Class, Lecture  @ Berlin, The Hague, Madrid, Rotterdam, 2018-2019