#GRÜNtopia

In our time of the Anthropocene, the juxtaposition between nature versus artifact and designed environment is becoming obsolete.

In the dissolution of this polarity lays a great chance: architecture (which in the allegorical depiction of the Vitruvian Primitive Hut by Marc-Antoine Laugier and Charles Eisen of 1753 had emerged from nature) merges with nature once again.

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Lecture @ AMPS University of Kent

Today the digital is ubiquitous across all disciplines connected with life in cities: urban history, architecture, planning, art, design, media, communications, and more. Examples abound.

The Cross @ Humboldt Forum

Professor Sharon Macdonald, Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Social Anthropology at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, refers to our Humboldt Jungle project as an example and an inspiration for the creative appropriation and transformation of the Humboldt Forum.

Climate City @ Berlin

A lecture and a workshop at Köpenick Town Hall in Berlin explored concepts and instruments to consider the spatial and social dimensions of the climate city with an integrated approach. Accounting for both the spatial and the social, the workshop contributed to the strategic development of a concept for Köpenick’s public spaces.

Newsletter February 2020

Amidst increasing digitalization of cities, alternative social and urban approaches and inputs at play open up room for possibility for shaping urban-tech.

Humbolt Jungle @ Publisher Querido

Humboldt Jungle and Humboldt Volcano are mentioned by author and historian Merlijn Schoonenboom in the book on identity “Een kleine geschiedenis van de grootse Duitse worsteling”.

Make Space @ Mart Stam Stiftung

The Mart Stam Stiftung frequently organizes symposia in cooperation with the Royal Dutch Embassy of Berlin. The aim is to create a dialog on interdisciplinary themes in the field of art and design in the Netherlands and Germany by juxtaposing cultural differences.

Newsletter November 2019

Ubiquitous digitalization pervades urban environments at an accelerating pace. So is climate change, with increasingly frequent threatening episodes of extreme weather conditions worldwide, urging us to rethink our cities, and rapidly.

Humboldt Volcano @ Garten + Landschaft

How is Berlin becoming a socially just smart city?
The Make City Festival discussed ideas like a Volcano at the Humboldt Forum designed by Hybrid Space Lab.

GREENtopia @ Art Museum of China

The museum space (1600 sqm) will be transformed into a creative laboratory, an interdisciplinary platform co-developed by international artists, creative thinkers, independent scholars, urban planners and stakeholders, a mini co-op city inside a skyscraper.

Humboldt Volcano @ YEAST

The “MakeCity 2018” architecture festival with 250 events in 18 days aims to make architecture in the capital more transparent and invites people to join in the conversation and help develop it

Humboldt Volcano @ Baunetz

The “MakeCity 2018” architecture festival with 250 events in 18 days aims to make architecture in the capital more transparent and invites people to join in the conversation and help develop it

Humboldt Volcano @ Berliner Kurier

The “MakeCity 2018” architecture festival with 250 events in 18 days aims to make architecture in the capital more transparent and invites people to join in the conversation and help develop it

Humboldt Volcano @ TIP

Berlin urgently needs new ideas, impulses and visions. Article Iris Braun 14 June 2018 @ TIP Berlin Future Lab The Make City Festival wants to rethink the city. It's a big boost, an ambitious project. "Make City" is called - "the biggest festival for architecture and urbanism in Germany". Throughout the city with 250 events [...]

Humboldt Volcano @ Detail

The architecture festival MakeCity will take place in 2018 under the motto Berlin Remixing | City New Mixed. Article Elena Markus 14 juni 2018 @ Detail City Making The architecture festival MakeCity will take place in 2018 under the motto Berlin Remixing | City New Mixed. Between June 14 and July 1, 2018, architectural and [...]

Humboldt Volcano @ TAZ

It must be a very special event when Ada Colau, former city activist and since 2015 Mayor of Barcelona, and Sadiq Aman Khan, London's first Muslim city head, travel to Berlin without being invited by the Governing Mayor. Article Uwe Rada 11 juni 2018 @ TAZ City Remixed It must be a very special event [...]

Embassy Lab @ GRÜNtopia Tagesspiegel

The paved courtyard of the Dutch Embassy in Berlin has been turned into a "Pop up Park" just in time for the start of "MakeCity", clearly demonstrating how easy it can be to green the city. Article Sabine Holper Sunday 23 June 2018 @ Der Tagesspiegel Berlin Cities Becoming Greener In the Jewish Museum you [...]

Embassy Lab GRÜNtopia

We are very honored that Renate Künast, politician for the Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and Member of the 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.

Alexander von Humboldt and Humboldt Volcano

Rüdiger Schaper, author and head of the cultural department of the Berlin “Tagesspiegel” presents his biography on Alexander von Humboldt and discusses Hybrid Space Lab’s  Humboldt Volcano project during our Studio Talk @ MakeCity Festival. Moderation is by Merlijn Schoonenboom, historian and journalist.

Registration is required. Fully Booked

Presentations & Discussion, reading of biography on Alexander von Humboldt and Humboldt Volcano @ Hybrid Space Lab Studio Talk Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Klosterstraße 50, Berlin, 19.30-21.00, 15 June 2018

GRÜNtopia @ MakeCity

We are honored to join Sir Peter Cook, architect and writer, founder of Archigram, we will present GRÜNtopia.
“MakeCity the Festival for Architecture and Urban Alternatives in Berlin brings together architect, planners, civic groups and developers in a citywide conversation on thinking and making city differently.

Discussion Panel, 19.30-21.00 16 June 2018, MakeCity, Berlin

Humboldt Volcano @ archithese

The Swiss architectural magazine Archithese published “Humboldt-Dschungel” as part of the issue on “Ruines”.
How would it be if the Berlin City Palace grew huge trees, sprouted up exotic plants and toppled a waterfall?
The Think Tank Hybrid Space Lab presents a refreshingly ruinous idea in the discussion about the controversial reconstruction.

Publication, Archithese, Swiss architectural magazine  Humboldt-Dschungel” as part of “Ruines”, 15 Januari 2018

Design Model

Lecture Design Model at the Communication University of China in Beijing, P.R. China
24 November 2017

Naturetecture

Lecture “Naturetecture” at the Media Lab, Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.
27 November 2017

Urbanism Architecture Bi-City Biennial

The Urban Garden Kit at the Urbanism and Architecture Bi-City Biennial (UABB) brings together urban planners, architects and landscapers, artists and curators, game developers and communication experts and other creative professionals.
16-22 December 2017

Biotecture

Today’s agriculture is pioneering ‘smart’ developments such as robotics and autonomous driving on farms, drones and satellite monitoring or transponder-implants. With the help of green infrastructures, precision farming methods are informing Smart City development and enabling NatureTecture, a hybrid architecture integrating nature in built environment.
25-26 November 2017

Avant Garden

Humboldt Volcano is exhibited at the Crossing Border | Border Crossing, International Festival of Intermedia in Hong Kong. Humboldt Volcano, a hybrid building and vertical garden, is such an ‘inter-media’, as it opens up and enables the appropriation of the Berlin Humboldt Forum by an international multicultural public.

Hong Kong Jockey Club, 9-22 October 2017

Co-Creating Athens @ Lifo

The workshop on the revision of the “hated” Athenian apartment buildings is mentioned in the article by the Greek lifestyle magazine Lifo.
Greek Lifo magazine published article on the workshop on the revision of the “hated” Athenian apartment buildings is mentioned in the article by the Greek lifestyle magazine Lifo.

Poly Garden City @ Kathimerini

Greek daily newspaper “Kathimerini” published article on the city greening project Poly Garden City.
Improving life in Athens requires thoughtful investment and realistic proposals.

Poly Garden City is a project for Athens, which incorporates green on a wide variety of hard surfaces of buildings, creating gardens and helping to change the microclimate. “Poly Garden City sees the whole city as a canvas for greening producing a pool of ideas for the renewal of urban centers”.

Article, Nikos Vatopoulos @ Kathimerini Newspaper, Greece, 29 June 2017 

Internet of Things & Nature

NatureTecture proposes how Internet of Things will merge with green structures in the city.
With the Internet of Things, Big Data and Machine Intelligence algorithmically organizing life, society, work and industry, the only question that remains is what will happen with nature. The accelerating developments in nature, bio-technology, technology and architecture are creating a new hybrid architecture.

Lectures, Discussion, 14.00-18.00, 9 April 2017, V2 Institute for Unstable Media, Rotterdam

Design Zone Der Tagesspiegel

The special art edition of DER TAGESSPIEGEL, the German newspaper, publishes interview on the changing role of design in times of crisis.

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Poly Garden City

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.

Humboldt Volcano

A vertical jungle in a greenhouse pavilion clings to the Berlin Humboldt Forum. A trail leads from the underground to the roof of the Humboldt Forum, opening up stacked gardens and pop-up restaurants dedicated respectively to world flora and world cuisines.

Design Zone

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.

Landscape BOTOX

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.

GREENfrastucture

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.

GRÜNMANIA

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.

 

NatureTecture

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!

playVOID

A two week program explores how the VOID in the center of the Embassy’s premises can function as a pleasurable communication space by playing, dancing, lounging, exchanging, enjoying. Public Pop-Up Park Opening Press Conference 18.00-19.00, 15 June 2018 @ Embassy of Kingdom of the Netherlands Klosterstraße 50, Berlin Studio Talk Reading, Presentation, and Discussion Alexander [...]

GRÜNtopia

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.

Dynamic Tradition

Hybrid Space Lab plan is in line with the undoubtedly most important question for contemporary cultural identity: the relationship between tradition and innovation. Their idea of ​​a growing green world around the castle is the portrayal of the idea of ​​tradition as a dynamic phenomenon.