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.
GRÜNMANIA decorates the front of the pavilion, transcoding and transcoding the GERMANIA characters. The small “shifts” bring about a transformation of meaning and open up a wide range of ideas: the pavilion is no longer just Germany’s shop window, but a container in which the joint global challenges can be tackled together.
Hybrid Diplomacy brings together experts, international diplomats and creative professionals.
Recent developments such as Internet of Things, Big Data and Machine Intelligence will algorithmically organize life, including urban nature. These developments in technology and media are supporting the development of a new hybrid architecture where architecture and nature fuse.
The documentary Fabric presents the history of the building complex that houses today the Athens School of Fine Arts, one the main venues of documenta 14 in Athens. It also narrates a family history that spans more than over 100 years and starting in Cappadocia in Central Anatolia, continues via Beirut and Istanbul (Constantinople) arriving in Athens in the 1920ies.
Fabric is realized on occasion of documenta 14 in Athens in dialogue with the documenta 14 curator Monika Szewczyk.
This general trend reflects on all aspects of our existence: culture, politics, economics, etc. and, of course, on cities. One of the most significant achievements of the 20th century – network technologies – have provided our planet with a totally new digital layer: virtual reality. This has given rise to a whole new sphere of interplay between urban and media networks. Communication networks are changing our society.
Interview by the STRELKA Institute in Moscow for the Future Urbanism project – forty one interviews with contemporary writers, architects, sociologists, economists and city planners.
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.
Electric vehicles are regarded primarily as regards sustainability, ie as a vehicle to support the entry into the post-fossil age. At the same time, the introduction of the new electro-powered motors opens up opportunities for the redefinition of the car with far-reaching consequences: the car is shrinking – and the public space of the city can grow again.
Developments in the field of Domotica, the house is becoming SMART.
Often, comparisons, parallels to landscape, are drawn to nature in the work of Behnisch & Partner. Often, comparisons, parallels to landscape, are drawn to nature in the work of Behnisch & Partner.
Hybrid Space Lab is concerned with how the expanding media networks interact with the physical, the public space. Their work is to be seen at the International Architecture Biennale 1ab in Rotterdam. International Architecture Biennale 1ab in Rotterdam.
The development of Virtual Reality (VR) is closely linked to the exploration of unknown territories. Virtual Reality, slowly emerging since the1920s, really took off in 1966 when NASA introduced this technology for flight simulation systems in its space program. As it was too expensive and too risky to train the astronauts by practising the real thing – launching them into the cosmos – methods had to be developed that could provide the trainees with a simulated experience: a small physical stimulus of acceleration, supported by and combined with visual information, was extrapolated and amplified in a ‘knock-on’ effect by the brains of the astronauts, providing them with the mental environment required to practise for the operation in (real) space.
In the Sisyphus work of the day-to-day struggle for survival of the offices, in the traineeship of the next generation, the crisis of architecture is now directly experienced. Even in the architectural discourse there is a perplexity. Excesses from the crisis are sought through escapades into atmospheres or through bonds from post-bicentenary courses, such as the communication for “architecture pop” or the urbanist in the shrinkage discussion.
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.
The new image of Man looks roughly like this: we have to imagine a network of human interrelations, a ‘field of intersubjective relations’. The strands of this web must be conceived as channels through which information (ideas, feelings, intentions and knowledge etc.) flows. When these strands knot for a moment, they form what we call ‘human subjects’. The totality of the strands constitutes the concrete sphere of life and the knots are abstract extrapolations.
Neighbours Network City: a project proposal for the city of Essen and the Ruhr region in Germany as the Cultural Capital of Europe
Public urban space and the “space” of communication networks are usually considered to be competing, even mutually exclusive frameworks for social interaction. In fact, the traditional functions of public urban space are being taken over by telecommunication networks, their input/output devices implanted in (private) interiors.
Rethinking design in order to address the changes of our future needs in our increasingly service and knowledge based society and economy.
Is there no security in the global world? The longing for more certainty in an increasingly complex world – and innovative solutions for coping.
Trust and certainty play an increasingly important role for people in the globalized world. Globalization does not only take place “outside”. For one’s personal environment is also becoming globalized – actual living space is expanded to encompass the virtual space of the Internet.
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.
Embassy Lab is a laboratory and a prototype for experimenting with future functions of the 27 Dutch Embassies in the European Union
Aesthetics derives from the ancient Greek αἰσθάνομαι (aisthanomai, meaning “I perceive, feel, sense”) and thus stands for the capability to perceive Instabilities. Including unstable – open dynamic networked – systems into our realms of perception, enables us to develop an understanding in order to work with them.
Soft Urbanism is an interdisciplinary field that examines the “soft” aspects, the communication aspects, of the contemporary city.
Hybridization is an evolutionary strategy of cumulative, dynamic cultures that are based on intercultural connections and fostered by cross-fertilization.
Increasingly tourism is contributing to global prosperity and enabling intercultural exchange, increasing the global ecological footprint and threatening local culture.
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.
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.
Supported by digital technology, we are experiencing a shift in economic transactions and thus social relationships. Access to goods is replacing ownership. Traditional commodity producers are transforming into services providers. Community-based online services provide information, enabling the optimization of resources and facilitating peer-to-peer transactions.
Sharing Economy is a common notion describing this ongoing fundamental transformation of our economies and societies, other terms being Collaborative Consumption, Peer-to-Peer Economy, Access Economy or On-Demand Economy.
A workshop focusing is the revitalization of the generic Greek modern apartment buildings “polykatoikies”
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.
An interdisciplinary lab focussing on co-curating the city as well as the transformations of the role of the curator.
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.
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.
Sustainable and innovative cycling traffic resources and knowledge exchange between the cities of Amsterdam and Berlin.
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.
Design strategies for B.A.N.G. : the fusion of Binary, Atoms, Neurons, and Genes.
Hybrid Health focuses on innovative health solutions that combine the physical and the digital.
Telecommunications lacks the tangibility of real space. Conversely, the culture of the city needs to integrate digital technology
Networked participatory design systems are replacing the logics of the industrial age.
Highly innovative, creative and pragmatic Dutch approach to develop technology solutions for global challenges at the Hannover Messe 2014.
Co-Creating Athens is a field trip for international city-makers to visit and exchange with Athens urban initiatives.
Cross-fertilisation, borrowing other’s ideas and incorporating elements of other’s culture into one’s own is crucial to cultural development.
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.
Networked Architecture Today!
Research visit for the European Urban Agenda 2016 by Dutch Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk to Berlin.
ReBoot is a floating media art experiment & telematic club event
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 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.
The workshop is an experimental laboratory that strongly interacts with the public. During the workshop the participants learn how to use a Do It Yourself (DIY) 3D printer and how to share the digital design information of physical objects through online communities.
The merging of the three Dutch design related institutes, architecture, design and media, into a new hybrid design institute.
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.
From “Smart Citizen” to “Smart City Governance”
The interaction between physical and digital communities, concentrating on knowledge and behaviour in relation to health.
MOBILITY+ extends the theme of mobility into urban service design, smart tourism, smart retail, smart & healthy city
The workshop focuses on hybrid notations in urban environments.
Featuring designers, architects, urbanists, landscape architects, environmental planners, musicians, software and hardware engineers and media artists, the workshop was focused on notations of hybrid space. By mixing fields and combining expertise’s, the workshop addressed urban environments in their hybridity and complexity.