Recent developments such as Internet of Things, Big Data, and Machine Intelligence have ambition and the potential to algorithmically manage life, including urban nature. These developments in technology and media are supporting the development of a new hybrid architecture where Architecture and Nature fuse: NatureTecture!
This bringing together of Smart Landscape and Smart City, this merging of Internet of Things with green urban infrastructures creates conscious architectures. In a series of such Smart Urban Landscape projects Hybrid Space Lab demonstrates paths for transdisciplinary design that addresses the interconnected challenges of today, across the issues of environment and climate change, ongoing urbanization and food security, digitization and accelerating technological developments.
The international workshop “Deep Space: Re-signifying Valle de los Caídos” organized in October 2018 by Hybrid Space Lab in Madrid addressed the re-signification of this most controversial Francoist monument. As part of the Hybrid Space Lab long-term investigation “Deep Space” dealing with memory politics, controversial monument and heritage in the Digital Age, the workshop focused on creative processes and digital tools.
By unlocking the potential laying at the intersection between arts, technology, memory studies and sciences, the workshop has cracked open the interwoven, historically painful meanings of the monument, envisioning its possible futures, once Franco’s remains will be exhumed from the site.
The workshop’s special focus lay on networked digital and physical tools that allow transforming the site without physically touching it. These tools also enable the integration of sidelined voices within the vision of a polyphonic monument, counterbalancing the site’s totalitarian narrative, paving the way from recognition to reconciliation.
As such, the workshop’s creative, trans-disciplinary and innovative approach paves the way towards more integrated, collective processes of memory making.
Opening, lecture, Discussion @ Goethe Institut, Madrid, 6 June 2019