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Hybrid Space is the Fusion of Physical Space & Digital Space

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Poly
Garden
City

 

Interview
by Spyros Zonakis
@ SHEDIA Magazine, Athens
15 May 2023

Poly Garden City is a participative project integrating green into Athens built environment, fusing building and gardens into new hybrid urban typologies, and reinterpreting modernist urban heritage and a strategy for participative climate adaptation for cities in semi-arid climates.

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Humboldt
Volcano

 

Publication
@ RBB, Berlin
5 February 2023

A sort of staircase enveloped in jungle thickets, a waterfall and food offerings on the way up to the roof of Berlin’s city castle.

This is how the architecture firm Hybrid Space Lab introduces Humboldt Volcano.

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Daring
Design

 

Publication
by Julia Weiss

@ Tagesspiegel, Germany
31 Januari 2023

As adventurous as Humboldt himself: The design by the architecture firm Hybrid Space Lab for the Berlin Palace.

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Hybrid

Publication
@ tanz,  Germany
19 August 2022

For tanz Yearbook 2022, the international magazine for ballet, dance and performance, we have written the lead article “Hybrid” focussing on the body in space in the context of the physical and the digital: the Hybrid.

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Post
COVID-19
City

 

Publication
@ Magazine #0, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne
27 July 2022

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of digital instruments is rapidly increasing.

As the possible consequences of digitization are more sharply outlined, this opens new possibilities for spatial organization.

This urges us to reconsider the guiding principles and models for the urbanization of technology we want to follow and what our city visions are.

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Uncomfortable
Memory

 

Publication
by Sílvia Marimon Molas
@ ARA Catalan Newspaper, Barcelona
16 July 2022

Article in the leading Catalan newspaper ARA on how Spanish authorities are relocating symbols of the dictatorship.

“It (Augmented Reality app) would make visible what Franco wanted to hide and would bring out everything that is hidden and buried in the Valley, transforming the totalitarian story into a polyphonic memory,” says Frans Vogelaar.

This could be a tool as long as there is no physical transformation of the Valley, but archaeologist Alfredo González Rubial, who has excavated Cuelgamuros to trace the lives of prisoners who did slave work there, believes the monument cannot be left as it is.

Iannis
Xenakis

 

Interview
by Britta Bürger
@ Live Programme “Fazit”, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Germany
29 May 2022

On the occasion of Iannis Xenakis 100th birthday about his work and importance as an architect.

Informing
instead
of
glorifying

 

Publication
by Jørg Himmeleich
@ archithese, Switzerland
28 November 2020

Hybrid Space Lab analyzed “Valley of the Fallen” near Madrid – the pompous tomb for the fascist dictator Francisco Franco.

They suggest leaving it unchanged but covering it with a new critical layer.

Using augmented reality, they want to make hidden layers visible and write history from the victim’s perspective.

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co
SPECIES
lab

 

Labs & Festivals
@ WɔɛLab, Lomé, Togo
2023~2025

Ecological transition implies and demands a conceptual mutation, a paradigm shift.

This global transition has to integrate systems of knowledge and ways of conceiving the world, some of which are still organizing the daily lives of the inhabitants of cities in the Global South, and are often shunned and disregarded in the Global North.

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Club
Futures

 

Exchange, Ideation, Research, Panels, Parties, Prototyping & Workshops
@ Amsterdam Dance Event & Re:mise, Amsterdam & Berlin
2022~2023

Club Futures is an international laboratory with the aim of developing new future oriented perspectives for the club and cultural scene.

Club Futures reflects on and elicits responses from different clubbing (sub-)cultures, exploring clubbing and their business models and their long-term adaptability and sustainability.

Next
Stop
Culture

 

Workshop
@ Re:mise, Berlin
25 January 2023

Next Stop Culture explores how no-longer used spaces of the mobility infrastructure can be integrated to create high-quality cultural unthought-of, discovery-filled urban spaces.

As pioneering settings to further develop the city culturally, and to protect Berlin’s long-lasting and flourishing cultural landscape, the workshop aims at envisioning spaces of cultural reclaim – integrating cultural performances as natural sequences in the flow of urban mobility.

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Hybrid
Crossover

 

Concept
@ White Paper Creative Festival Berlin
21 August 2023

Hybrid Space Lab’s innovative concepts have been incorporated as recommendations to Berlin Senat for action in the White Paper of the Creative & Tech Festival Berlin.

ANIMAL
fest

 

Public Presentation
@ Flughafen Tempelhof, Berlin
31 May 2023

ANIMALfest investigates and celebrates the future of urban culture and creativity at the crossroads of technological innovation and the pressing urgency of biodiversity loss.

ANIMALfest integrates club culture, music, sound and tech as well as many other creativity fields, such as gaming, theatre, dance, performance, children’s programmes and science.

ANIMALfest’ focus allows to break through technological determinism, the attitude that places efficiency (as the inherent logic of technology) above the development of social structures and cultural values.

fest
CITY


Lecture
#1 Town Hall Meeting
@ betahaus, Berlin
22 March 2023

festCITY consists of a radical, situated approach to embed festival and cultural events into the city.

It entails a process-oriented think-tank to sustainably integrate festivals and festival designing and making into the environment, with a crossover, hybrid approach that combines Berlin’s (bio)diversity leveraging unexpected encounters and combinations from the cultural and tech fields.

Hybrid
Face

 

Presentation & Discussion
@ INbetweenSTITUTE, Berlin
19 May 2023

In the Digital Age, the face has become the most important representation of our identity.

Firstly, to show ourselves to the world we use selfies and Zoom-meetings, which focus almost solely on the face.

Secondly, digital facial recognition and emotional detection promise to identify the other on the basis of the face, and even unveil their most secret feelings.

This focus on the face is not only the direct consequence of fast technical developments, but is also the result of a deeper desire stirring contemporary society.

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Berlin
Energy
Transition
Dialogue

 

Participation

@ Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2023, Berlin
29 March 2023

The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue is one of the world’s most important forums on the global energy transition.

In a high-caliber conference program held over the course of two days at the Federal Foreign Office, the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue facilitates personal exchange between high-ranking government representatives, global business leaders, scientists, leaders of international organizations and NGOs.

Startup
Energy
Transition
Festival

 

Lecture, Panel Concept & Moderation
Building a Sustainable Future: Offsetting Emissions in Smart Cities
@ Startup Energy Transition Festival 2023, Berlin
28 March 2023

Startup Energy Transition (SET Tech) Festival 2023 brings together a global network of innovators shaping the future of energy by start-ups, innovation-driven corporates, investors, & public organisations.

The SET Tech Festival 2023 takes place alongside the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, the international conference organized by the German Federal Foreign Office and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.
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circulariCITY

 

Presentation & Workshop
@ Bits & Bäume 2022
Conference for Digitization and Sustainability, Berlin
2 October 2022

Digitalisation and sustainability are increasingly present within our society.

We are facing big societal and global challenges to create a fair and sustainable design of our world.

Bits & Bäume fosters the collaboration between environmental- and social justice activists, technical experts and human rights activists.

circulariCITY

 

Workshop
@ Hybrid Space Lab
1 July 2022

The notion of a circular city has taken to occupy center stage as a main concept for sustainable zero-waste urban futures.

And yet, as one takes a closer look, the circle expands in multiple ripples and loops, revealing the sheer complexity that envisioning – let alone developing – circular cities entail.

Because of its overwhelming quality, the complexity of urban circularity has conventionally been handled within clearly defined distinct disciplinary domains.

Nevertheless, crosscutting and intersecting all the aforementioned dimensions is needed in order to find an approach to the circular city that reflects the complexity of urban ecosystems.

Hybrid
Space

 

Interview & Lecture
@ Digital Leaders in Architecture
Schüco International KG, Germany
1 July 2022

Hybrid Space is the focus of the new edition of Digital Leaders in Architecture, a platform providing innovative food for thought for architects.

Hybrid
Heritage

 

Lecture & Online
@ Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris
31 March 2021 & 1 July 2022

Hybridization enables us to focus on the interconnection of different domains, temporalities, and actors at different levels, overcoming and rejecting hierarchies, and grand narratives. (Lyotard, 1979)

The emergence of the “trans”, the plural, and the augmented enables us to frame critical perspectives on heritage constructs. (Gwiazdzinksi, 2016)

perma
CRISIS

 

Newsletter
@ Hybrid Space Lab
June 2022

Contemporary societies are faced with multiple crises, including climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice and turmoil, geopolitical conflict and war, humanitarian crises, energy emergency and food insecurity.

In this permacrisis (permanent crisis), humans are left with the bitter reckoning that their limited, biased attention span allows them to only deal with and care about a very limited range of emergencies.

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Conflict
Space

 

Workshop & Lecture
@ ISEA 2022 Symposium Possibilities: Heritage and Futures
Centre de Cultura Contemporània, Barcelona
12 June 2022 &
14 June 2022

Deep Space is a long-term investigative program initiated to deal with politics of memory, controversial space and monuments, digitalization and heritage.

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The Future is not Digital
Hybrid is the Future!

 

Hybrid Workshop
@ Kulturstiftung de Bundes, Halle an der Saale, Germany
14 October 2021

What are engaging, inclusive, and sustainable hybrid formats and spaces for art and culture?

The onsite and online workshop is part of dive in “New Forms of Participation and Interaction”, the digital cultural innovation program initiated by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, Kulturstiftung des Bundes.

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Hybrid
Staging

 

Hybrid Workshop
@ Kulturstiftung de Bundes, Halle an der Saale, Germany
14 October 2021

Keynote
@ Kulturstiftung de Bundes, Halle an der Saale, Germany
22 September 2021

Workshop
@ Next Level Festival for Games, Essen, Germany
14 November 2020

With its physical distancing measures, the COVID-19 pandemic is destroying public space as we know it.

The current crisis creates the necessity – and emergency – to rethink cultural space.

Voiced
Space

 

Research
@ Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam
2019~2020

Accustomed to the places we daily encounter, we often overlook or forget about the traces of contested pasts that surround us.

Over centuries, Dutch cities have been defined and grown aided by the benefits resulting from Dutch colonial rule in overseas territories.

Global networks and infrastructures were established for unevenly channeling the movement of people and goods, contributing to further stratify societies and spaces.

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Hybrid Urbanism is the Fusion of the Urban and the Digital Age

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Hybrid
Space

 

Lecture
@ Architecture Fund
Lithuanian Council for Culture
National Gallery of Art 
Vilnius, Lithuania
5 March 2020

As Hybrid Space is becoming ubiquitous and ever more pervasive, the adoption of crossover as a method and strategy, borrowing tools and concepts from one field to apply them to another, addressing space in its multiple dimensions.

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City
Making
Lab

 

Lectures & Discussions
@ Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin
2019~2020

City Making Lab provides a platform for Smart Citizens, bridging the gap between data- and city-experts and civil society and governance and addressing compelling issues at the merging of the Digital Age and the Urban Age.

City Making Lab is a co-operation between Hybrid Space Lab and Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society.

The kick-off event of the City Making Lab series will take place on February 21st 2019 with a keynote lecture by Marleen Stikker, co-founder of WAAG Society and focus on City Making in the Digital Age.

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Digital
Diplomacy
Un-Conference

 

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

The combination of physical and media space, of local place and digital networks, is coined Hybrid Space.

Space today is transformed by technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) or Mixed Reality, becoming increasingly hybrid. With the Internet of Things (IoT) Hybrid Space is becoming ubiquitous.

Artificial Intelligence and Big Data have the ambition and potential to algorithmically manage these Hybrid Spaces.

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Diplomacy
Lab

 

Workshops, Lectures, Symposia
Embassy Lab
@ Kingdom of The Netherlands Embassy, Berlin & Kingdom of The Netherlands Ministery of Foreign Affairs, The Hague
2015~2019

Embassy Lab is a laboratory and a prototype for the 27 Dutch Embassies in Europe and the 28 x 27 = 756 embassies of the European Union member states within the Europe Union.

Embassy Lab at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Berlin brings together the official traditional institution of the “Embassy” with the innovative potential of a creative “Lab”.

Embassy Lab is a think tank and innovation hub, for research and discussion, for experimenting with new models, and for presenting and communicating ideas.

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Hybrid Habitat is the Fusion of the Biological & Technical

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Deep
Space

 

Design Lab
@ Medialab Prado, Madrid
25~27 October 2018

Deep Space is a long-term investigative program initiated to deal with politics of memory, controversial space and monuments, heritage and digitalization.

How to transform and re-signify Valle de los Caídos (“Valley of the Fallen”), the Francoist monument in the Sierra de Guadarrama close to Madrid?

Valle de los Caídos with its 152-meter-tall cross visible from more than 30 kilometers away and its “basilica”, a 263-meter long crypt with a 52-meter high vault cut out of the granite mountain rock, is one of the world’s most controversial monuments.

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Humboldt
Volcano

 

Design Lab
@ Humboldt Forum, Berlin
2017~2023

As an innovative flexible transparent structure, Humboldt Volcano contrasts with the historical appearance of the introverted power-radiating reconstruction of the Berlin palace, which houses Humboldt Forum.

Humboldt Volcano, standing for a pluralistic multiculturalism, enables the appropriation of the Humboldt Forum, opening it up to the city and international public.

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INbetweenSITUTE
798

 

Design Lab
@ 798 Art District, Beijing
2014

INbetweenSTITUTE @ 798 Art District provides a new hybrid infrastructure that fuses the private space of the artist/creative professionals with the public spaces of the audience, creating a hybrid platform for co-creation.

Fusing digital and physical networks enhances the ‘territorialization’ of the glocal communities into 798 Art District. Creative hybrid communities – combined on-site and online – are increasingly becoming part of the co-creation process.

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Smart
&
the City

 

Design Lab
@ Kingdom of The Netherlands Ministery of Foreign Affairs, The Hague
2014

From Smart City to Smart Citizen: mapping the Smart City, empowering the Smart Citizen.

Smart City is the fusion of the Urban and the Digital Age.
Ubiquitous digitalisation together with the increasing complexity of global challenges demand for interdisciplinary co-designing processes, involving society at large.

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Hybridization enables us to focus on the interconnection of different domains, temporalities, and actors at different levels, overcoming and rejecting hierarchies, and grand narratives.

Lyotard, 1979