Think Tank


City Making Lab

Diplomacy Lab

Water Conscious Fashion

Future Heritage


Technology & the City

Digital Diplomacy
Den Haag


Future Diplomacy

Embassy Lab

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Design Strategies

CRISIS design



We are very honored that Renate Künast, politician for the Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and Member of German Parliament is opening Embassy Lab GRÜNtopia on 22 June 2018.

Green spaces are essential for the quality of life, wellbeing, and health of urban populations. Today, the focus on and interest in green urban spaces is increasing thanks to initiatives working toward Healthy Cities, environmental justice, food security, and strengthening local communities.

Current issues such as climate change, the rapid loss of biodiversity, and accelerating ecological concerns urge us to reconsider our relation to nature. Facing the challenges of the Urban Age, we rethink the juxtaposition of nature versus artifact by integrating plant material in our architectural surroundings, merging nature with the built environment.

Lectures & Discussion @ Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Berlin, 15.00-18.30 22 June 2018
Registration is required. Fully Booked

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

Networked Urbanism

Today, the communicational paradigm, with its “network-cities”, “nodes” and “terminal architectures” is infiltrating and transforming the architectural/urban discourse and practice. Within this framework, ‘idensity®’ is proposed as a conceptual tool for developing space in the information/communication age. This composite term consists of the combination/fusion of the word “density” of real/urban and “virtual”/media communication spaces (density of connections) and of the word “identity”.


Under the pavement (piercing the beaches) run fiberglass cables.

City Making Lab

City Making Lab is a year-long program focusing on digitalization and the city. City Making Lab is a co-operation between Hybrid Space Lab and Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG).

City Making Lab investigates ongoing developments at the intersection of cities and digital technology, engaging with urban mobility and public space, new patterns of space utilization for living and working, circular city, climate adaptation and healthy cities.

City Making Lab aims to bridge the gap between data and privacy experts and urbanists, architects, city makers, civil society and governance.

Lectures and Discussions, @ Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin, 21 February 2019