Think Tank


Digital Diplomacy

Fast-paced advances in technology are creating diffuse and volatile conditions in which international actors operate. Disruptive innovations such as machine learning and big data analytics are changing governments, NGOs, the media, businesses, and in some cases entire industries.
New and unexpected players entering the field are putting pressure on the traditional division of roles between politics, business, journalism and civil society.
And this is just the beginning: developments like artificial intelligence and blockchain technology are only just starting to have an impact.

Lecture, Workshop @ Un-Conference Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, 2 February 2018


AR/VRxIoT+AI+?=Hybrid Space



Jungle Magic

Only a few construction projects in Germany are more controversial than the rebuilding of the City Palace in Berlin. With a bold plan, the Dutch professor Frans Vogelaar knows how to break the stuck debate.

In the heart of Berlin one of the most controversial buildings of the moment stands out: the rebuilding of the Berliner Stadtschloss. This building, located at the Unter den Linden, will house the Humboldt Forum . Now that the debate is seriously stuck, the Dutch professor of Hybrid Space Frans Vogelaar opens the debate with a radical proposal: he wants to transform the imposing Prussian palace into a jungle.

Dutch professor Frans Vogelaar, who founded Hybrid Space Lab together with architecture professor Elizabeth Sikiaridi, was invited to discuss and work on this issue.

CRISIS design

How can we cope with the increasing challenges associated with climate migration and migration due to humanitarian disasters?

Embassy Lab CRISIS design innovates in/for situations of upheaval and for communities in need of new infrastructures for everyday life and develops solutions for unpredictable changes in climates, and/or dealing with migration and mobility as an effect of globalisation and political unrest.

Embassy Lab CRISIS design prototypes 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.

Designing for Crisis
CRISIS design  addresses how to innovate 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 globalization and political unrest.

Lectures, Workshop, @ CityCube, Metropolitan Solutions, Berlin, Germany, 22 May 2015


Embassy Lab

Water Conscious Fashion

Water is the necessary resource for life. Human settlements have always been dependent upon access to clean water and its relative scarcity – freshwater makes up only 2.5% of water available on the earth – has awarded it the name ‘blue gold’. If world population increases as expected, hitting the 9 billions threshold by 2050, will water resources be sufficient?

In the last century, technology and development have driven up demand for water, speeding it up more than twice as fast as the population growth rate. More worryingly, water use is predicted to increase by 50 % between 2007 and 2025 in developing countries and 18% in developed ones. Climate change is expected to bring about more extreme weather conditions more frequently, including temperature rises and droughts as well as devastating floods and unpredictability in precipitation patterns. These are likely to hit poorer countries and precarious livelihoods first and harder.

Embassay Lab Water Conscious Fashion, @ Neonyt, Kraftwerk Berlin, 16 January 2019

Technology and the City

The concept of privacy was invented in England in the seventeenth century, where private space was created with the invention of the corridor. That was the very first private space.

Privacy is a cultural concept, it is a luxury that we have made our own. But such a concept is not eternal. Something else will come in its place. For example, a family-based private environment, with the classic privacy, and the public environment, where you knowingly share certain data anonymously and where you retain the ownership of your data. ”

How do we ensure the 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 digital technology for the future of the city.


What is privacy in a digital world?