Think Tank

THINK
TANK

GRÜNtopia
22\6\2018

Jungle Magic
15\9\201

SHAReCONOMY
7\7\2017

Future Diplomacy
7\10\2016

Embassy Lab
2015\2016\2017\2018

Fabric
documenta 14
Athens
8\4\2017

Design Strategies
24\6\2016

CRISIS design
2015\2016 

What is Sharing Economy?

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

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.

This urgency to incorporate nature in urban settings creates a huge potential for innovation in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism. In the convergence of architecture and nature, new hybrid urban typologies and architectural solutions emerge. Know-how is quickly developing, and technologies—for example, in urban agricultural production—are rapidly evolving.

Registration is required. Fully Booked

Lectures + Discussions @ Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Klosterstraße 50, Berlin, 15.00-18.30, 22 June 2018

Concept
Research
Strategy
Theory

Copy Culture

Design culture is obsessed with authenticity. Copying is often deemed reprehensible, and borrowing another’s idea or incorporating elements of his or her work into one’s own is viewed as a sign of creative impoverishment. But is this right? What’s wrong with interpreting someone else’s creation? Musicians have been quoting each other’s work for centuries – why shouldn’t the same thing happen in other creative disciplines? Where does quotation end and copying begin?

Businesses and creators diligently protect their creative, technical and technological property – rightly so, as large sums are often invested in their development. But is intellectual property protection appropriate in an age of digital distribution, when it’s difficult to identify a product’s author, maker or inventor? And in a culture in which quotation and copying have long led to enrichment and innovation, should these acts be made impossible?

 

LECTURE
Hybrid Culture, Dutch Design Foundation, 27 September 2011, @ Beijing Design Week, Beijing, P.R. China

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