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Hybrid Space is the Fusion of Physical Space & Digital Space

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Humboldt
Futures


The Humboldt Forum’s reconstructed baroque exterior of the demolished Berlin Palace evokes associations with the imperial German and Prussian past, while it houses Berlin’s ethnographic collections and is promoted as a place of “dialogue with the world’s cultures”.


So far, the manifold problems of the Humboldt Forum have been addressed primarily in conventional formats such as text contributions, panel discussions, and workshops.


But this is not enough.

Publication Humboldt Futures @ Atlas der Datenkörper 2, Transcript Verlag, Germany, 27 May 2024

Poly
Garden
City

 

Rooftop playgrounds, gardens, sports areas.

The roofs of apartment buildings can become a true above-ground city, with multiple benefits for the environment and our socializing.

Interview, Spyros Zonakis @ SHEDIA magazine 111, Athens, May 2023

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Humboldt
Volcano

 

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.

Publication @ RBB, Berlin, 5 February 2023

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Daring
Design

 

As adventurous as Humboldt himself:

The design by the architecture firm Hybrid Space Lab for the Berlin Palace

Publication, Julia Weiss, Journalist @ Tagesspiegel, Berlin, 31 January 2023

hybrid

 

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 fusion of the physical and the digital: the Hybrid.

Publication hybrid @ tanz Yearbook 2022, Germany, 19 August 2022

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Post
COVID-19
City

 

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.

Publication Post COVID-19 Hybrid City @ Academy of Media Arts, KHM #0 Magazine, Cologne, Germany, 1 July 202

Publication Recht auf hybride Stadt @ Marlowes Online-Magazin für Architektur und Stadt, Stuttgart, Germany, 20 May 2020

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Uncomfortable
Memory

 

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

“An 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.

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

Iannis
Xenakis

 

Radio interview on the occasion of Iannis Xenakis’ 100th birthday about his work and importance as an architect.

Interview, Britta Bürger Pioneer of Hybrid Spaces: The Sound Architect Iannis Xenakis @ Fazit, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Germany, 29 May 2022

Regeneration

 

Investigating and speculating on the future of social and cultural spaces requires considering physical spaces in combination with digital media networks, emphasizing the hybrid qualities of spaces in the interplay of the digital and the physical.

Publication Hybrid Spaces @ Regeneration [and its Discontents], Lithuanian Architectural Foundation, Vilnius, Lithuania, 4 June 2021

Informing
instead
of
glorifying

 

Hybrid Space Lab analyzed “Valley of the Fallen” near Madrid, the pompous tomb for the fascist dictator Francisco Franco, and suggests leaving it unchanged but covering it with a new critical layer by using Augmented Reality to make hidden layers visible and write history from the victim’s perspective.

Publication Informing instead of glorifying, Jørg Himmelreich, @ archithese, Switserland, 28 November 2020

Hybrid Space is the ambivalent space that is at the same time analog and digital, virtual and material, biological and technical, local and global, tactile and abstract.

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Hybrid
Face

 

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

To show ourselves to the world we use selfies and Zoom-meetings, which focus on the face. And 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 technical developments, but is also the result of a deeper desire stirring contemporary society.

Book Presentation, Discussion & Dinner, Merlijn Schoonenboom, Cultural Historian and Journalist @ INbetweenSTITUTE, Hybrid Space Lab, Berlin, Autumn 2024

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KOSMOS

 

KOSMOS is a global digital and hybrid infrastructure for culture.

KOSMOS opens to all people and communities worldwide who have Internet access to participate in this co-creative hybrid gaming platform to interact with challenges and collectively envision new futures with the aim for its ever- expanding speculative worlds to provoke, inspire, and inform our thoughts.

KOSMOS @ Hybrid Space Lab, 2024

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Humboldt
Futures

 

Humboldt Futures develops a globally accessible co-creative gaming platform for exchange and participative collective production in order to negotiate dystopian and to envision positive cultural futures.

Humboldt Futures is an experimentation space for ideating the future of museums, a hybrid environment with immersive interfaces to the physical space.

In collaboration with gamelab.berlin at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Dinner Humboldt Futures @ Hybrid Space Lab, Berlin, 18.00-21.00, 11 January 2024

Workshop Humboldt Futures @ Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, 9.30-16.00, 12 January 2024

Public Presentation & Discussion, Reception Humboldt Futures @ Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, 17.30-20.45, 12 January 2024

co
SPECIES
lab

 

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.

Festival #1 Multi Species Habitat @ WɔɛLab, Lomé, Togo, 27 November 2023

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CRISIS
design

 

Hybrid Space Lab contributes with the lecture CRISIS design to Designing beyond Crisis at Berlin Science Week 2023.

CRISIS design focusses on creativity as a catalyst in difficult political processes and new visions for socio-ecological transformation.

Lecture CRISIS design @ Designing beyond Crisis, Berlin Science Week 2023, 18.30-20.00, 2 November 2023

Club
Futures

 

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

Exchange, Ideation, Research, Panels, Parties, Prototyping, Workshops Club Futures, @ Hybrid Space Lab, Berlin, Amsterdam, 2020~2023

Presentation & Workshop Animal Club, Co-Hosted by VibeLab @ Amsterdam Dance Event & SEXYLAND World, 1 Noordwal, Amsterdam, 18.30-24.00, 20 October 2022

Workshop Next Stop Culture, Co-Hosted by Clubcommission Berlin @ transmediale & CTM Festival, Re:mise, Köpenicker Strasse 18, Berlin, 14.00-20.00, 25 January 2023

Next
Stop
Culture

 

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.

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 …

Workshop Co-Hosted by Clubcommission Berlin @ transmediale & CTM Festival, Re:mise, Köpenicker Strasse 18, 10997 Berlin, 25 January 2023

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Hybrid
Crossover

 

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

Concept Hybrid & Crossover @ White Paper Creative Festival Berlin, 12 June 2023

ANIMAL
fest

 

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.

Public Presentation & Discussion ANIMALfest @ THFxIMPULSE Event, Flughafen Tempelhof, Berlin, 31 May 2023

fest
CITY

 

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

This entails a process-oriented think-tank with a crossover and hybrid approach to sustainably integrate festival-designing and -making into the urban landscape.

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

Startup
Energy
Transition
Festival

 

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 conference 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.

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

Participation @ Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2023, German Federal Foreign Office, Berlin, 29 March 2023

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circulariCITY

 

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.

Presentation & Workshop circulariCITY @ Bits & Bäume 2022 Conference for Digitization and Sustainability, Technical University Berlin, 1 October 2022

circulariCITY

 

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

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

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

Presentation & Workshop Cities in the Loop: Re-coding the Circular City @ Hybrid Space Lab, Berlin, 1 July 2022

Hybrid
Space

 

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

Interview & Lecture Hybrid Space @ Digital Leaders in Architecture, Schüco International KG, Berlin, 1 July 2022

Hybrid
Heritage

 

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)

Lecture Hybrid Heritage @ UNA University Alliance Europe, Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Galerie Colbert, 2 rue Vivienne, Paris, 31 March 2021, Online, 1 July 2022

Published @ UNA University, Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris, 1 July 2022

perma
CRISIS

 

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.

Newsletter Permacrisis @ Hybrid Space Lab, 10 June 2022

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Conflict
Space

 

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

Lecture & Workshop Conflict Space @ ISEA 2022 Symposium “Possibilities”, Heritage and Futures @ Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, 12 June 2022 & 14 June 2022

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The Future is not Digital
Hybrid is the Future!

 

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 of the German Federal Cultural Foundation (Bundeskulturstiftung).

Keynote Future Cultural Space @ Kulturstiftung des Bundes, HoloLab – dive in Program for Digital Interaction, Halle an der Saale, Germany, 16.00 – 17.00, 22 September 2021

Hybrid Workshop The Future is not Digital. Hybrid is the Future! @ Kulturstiftung des Bundes, HoloLab – dive in Program for Digital Interaction, 13.30–18.00, 14 October 2021

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Hybrid
Staging

 

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.

Research, Lectures & Workshops @ Cultural Institutions, Germany, 2020-2021

Keynote Hybrid Space @ Culture @ Kulturstiftung des Bundes, HoloLab – dive in Program for Digital Interaction, Halle an der Saale, Germany, 16.00 – 17.00, 22 September 2021

Hybrid Workshop The Future is not Digital. Hybrid is the Future! @ Kulturstiftung des Bundes, HoloLab – dive in Program for Digital Interaction, 13.30–18.00, 14 October 2021

Workshop Hybrid Platforms @ Next Level Festival for Games, Kokskohlenbunker, Zeche Zollverein, Essen, Germany, 14.00–16.30, 14 November 2020

Voiced
Space

 

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

How to read contemporary cities in light of their historical relations to former colonies and how to contribute to the formation of an inclusive collective cultural heritage?

Lectures, Workshops & Conference International Research Program @ Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, 2019~2022

Lecture @ Media Architecture Biennial 2020, Amsterdam, 29 June-3 Juli 2020

Lecture & Workshop @ Media Architecture Biennial 2021, Amsterdam, 27 June-2 July 2021

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

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Hybrid
Space

 

As Hybrid Space is becoming ubiquitous and ever more pervasive, we need a crossover method and strategy in order to address space in its multiple dimensions.

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

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Hybrid Urbanism investigates the transformations of space in the information and communication age and develops and designs hybrid urban and media networks.

City
Making
Lab

 

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.

Research, Lectures & Workshops City Making Lab @ Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin, 2019~2020

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Digital
Diplomacy
Un-Conference

 

Space today is transformed by technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) or Mixed Reality (MR), becoming increasingly hybrid (combined physical and media).

With the Internet of Things (IoT) Hybrid Space is becoming ubiquitous and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data have the ambition and potential to algorithmically manage these Hybrid Spaces.

What challenges and opportunities do these developments bring for diplomats, businesses, and NGOs?

Lectures & Workshops Digital Diplomacy @ The Hague Digital Diplomacy Camp 2018 Un-Conference, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, The Hague, 2 February 2018

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Diplomacy
Lab

 

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.

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.

Workshops, Lectures, Symposia Embassy Lab @ Kingdom of The Netherlands Embassy, Berlin & Kingdom of The Netherlands Ministery of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, 2015~2021

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Hybrid Habitat is the Fusion of the Biological & Technical

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Deep
Space

 

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 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.

Workshop Deep Space: re-signifying Valle de los Caídos @ Medialab Prado & Valle de los Caídos, Madrid, 25-27 October 2018

Opening, Exhibition, Lecture & Discussion Lost Memory – Recovered Memory @ Goethe Institut & Fundación Pablo Iglesias, Madrid, 5 June 2019

Workshop & Lecture @ ISEA 2022 Symposium “Possibilities” Heritage and Futures, Barcelona, 12 & 14 June 2022

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Humboldt
Volcano

 

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.

Concept & Urban and Architectural Design @ Humboldt Forum, Berlin, 2017~2023

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INbetweenSITUTE
798

 

INbetweenSTITUTE @ 798 Art District in Beijing 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.

Urban & Architectural Concept @ 798 Art District, Beijing, 2014

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Smart
&
the City

 

Ubiquitous digitalisation together with the increasing complexity of global challenges demand for interdisciplinary co-designing processes, involving society at large.

Smart City is the fusion of the Urban Age and the Digital Age, empowering the Smart Citizen is a priority.

Research & Concept Smart & the City @ Embassy Kingdom of the Netherlands Berlin, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kingdom of the Netherlands, The Hague, 2 February 2014

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Nature
Tecture

 

NatureTecture focuses on those fields of work that will become increasingly important internationally for the design of our living environments and formulates relevant questions for the future.

NatureTecture is dedicated to the tasks and instruments of qualifying landscape in the post-industrial age.

Research & Concept NatureTecture @ Chamber of Architects, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, 1 September 2009

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Beaver
builds
House

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