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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.

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Deep Space @ archithese

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 victims’ perspective.

Deep Space @ Deutschlandfunk Kultur

The Valle de los Caídos is highly controversial as a memorial of the fallen of the Spanish Civil War: for a long time, it mainly served the glorification of the dictator Franco. The “Deep Space” project wants to show visitors also the site’s dark side.

Deep Space @ Tagesspiegel

Berlin’s contribution to the debate on monuments: What to do with Franco’s mausoleum?
Do not destroy it, says the Berlin office Hybrid Space Lab as it lays out ideas for a new way of dealing with the controversial Franco memorial in the “Valley of the Fallen” near Madrid.

Deep Space @ TAZ

Elizabeth Sikiaridi and Frans Vogelaar research how to negotiate memorials’ narratives and how to bring in criticism.

Right to Hybrid City @ Architecture Magazine Marlowes

As the use of digital instruments is rapidly increasing during the current COVID-19 pandemic, new options for spatial organization and the possible consequences of digitization are more sharply outlined. This creates the necessity to rethink the digitalization model we want to follow and to address issues such as who should benefit from digitization and what our city visions are.

Bricks & Bits @ Lithuanian Radio

Interview at the radio program of the Lithuanian Union of Architects on how the physical and the digital dimensions of the city interact, on how to develop them in an integrated way, making the city more fair, comfortable, and attractive.

Deep Space @ ARA

The Valley of the Fallen without Franco: the fate of the other 33,847 dead”
This is the title of the article by journalist Sílvia Marimom in the Catalan Newspaper ARA on the future of the Valle de los Caídos with an interview on Deep Space.

Deep Space @ HuffPost

In the article “Without Franco, what to do with the colossal Valle de los Caídos?” for HuffPost, Anthony Berthelier describes the project “Deep Space: re-signifying Valle de los Caídos” with its creative approach for addressing controversial history and contested heritage.

Humboldt Jungle @ Der Tagesspiegel

The main Berlin newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, published an article on the Green party questions on the implementation of the Humboldt Jungle raised in the Bundestag, the German parliament.
“And in order to honor their name, the Greens asked for the “state of the considerations (…), a greenery, a so-called Humboldt Jungle, to be installed”. The brief reply: “Further measures on the facades are not provided.”

Deep Space @ Magazine for Architecture Marlowes

The Valley of the Fallen is a large memorial erected near Madrid in the mountain range of the Sierra de Guadarrama on the initiative of the dictator Francisco Franco. It is dedicated to the fallen of the Spanish Civil War. Within the scope of the project “Deep Space” it is proposed to transform the monument by digital means.

Jungle Magic @ Duitslandnieuws

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.

Deep Space @ France TV

Article “We come for the place, not for Franco “: El Valle de los Caídos, a tourist site almost like the others” by journalist Juliette Campion, France Televisions.

Crossover @ Public Diplomacy Magazine

Article “Creative Crossovers: Negotiating Past and Future” in the University of Southern California Public Diplomacy Magazine issue summer 2019.

Deep Space @ El País

Article on “Deep Space” in the Spanish newspaper El País by the journalist Peio H. Riaño.

Humboldt Jungle @ Make City

Hybrid Space Lab unleashed and subsequently curated a heated discourse around this utopian proposition. The combination of tabloid-friendly imagery with international expertise on greening cities and climate change proved to be a highly effective strategy.

Water Consious Fashion @ Fraulein

An initiative of the Hybrid Space Lab, in cooperation with the Neonyt Fair and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Berlin.

Deep Space @ Bnieuws TU Delft

Working on places of conflict can be extremely challenging. As soon as a polarised discussion is addressed with a proposal, it is bound to cause some sort of backlash by at least one of the affected parties. There is no clear way out of it. Or is there? Architecture practice Hybrid Space Lab takes a rather unique approach for the re-signification of the controversial site of Valle de los Caídos in Madrid, the burial ground of Spain’s dictator Francisco Franco and 33,000 victims of the country’s brutal civil war.

Deep Space @ Het Financieele Dagblad

Frans Vogelaar wants to give the Valley of the Fallen in Spain, one of the most controversial places in the world, new meaning.
How does the founder of the Berlin design lab and think tank Hybrid Space Lab think to do that with use of digital technology?

Deep Space @ Catalan Newspaper ARA

The Valley of the Fallen, the shrine of Franco’s dictatorship, is still dividing Spain. A workshop wants to crossfade it with new projections.

Humboldt Volcano @ Querido Publishers

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.

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.

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 @ Tagesspiegel

The “Gardens of the Diaspora” in the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy are a possible answer to this question: When the natural spaces in the city go back, nature gets into the rooms. The Diaspora gardens are one of many examples the book “Garden City: Supergreen Buildings, Urban Skyscapes, and the New Planted Space”. It was edited by Anna Yudina, member of the cooperative A 10 New European Architecture.

Deep Space: re-signifying Valle de los Caídos

“Deep Space: re-signifying Valle de los Caídos” is a workshop at the Medialab Prado in Madrid from 25 till 27 October 2018 in Madrid. Hybrid Space Lab is  co-organizing an international conference and executing workshops with public interventions and pop-up exhibitions in Berlin at the transmediale and in Rotterdam at the New Institute in 2019.

Technology & The City

BPD Magazine will publish in June 2018 a double interview with Prof. Frans Vogelaar, Partner at Hybrid Space Lab in Berlin and Prof. Dr. Elphi Nelissen, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) on how digitization is changing mobility and the city. They explore the possibilities of digital technologies for citizens and cities and the design of future cities.

Social Design Award

Hybrid Space Lab developed Humboldt Volcano the utopia of an extension to the Humboldt Forum: a vertical jungle consisting of terraces, a roof garden and a winter garden, referring to the explorer Alexander von Humboldt.

Jungle Magic @ Duitsland Nieuws

Only a few construction projects in Germany are more controversial than the rebuilding of the city palace in Berlin. With this daring plan, the Dutch professor Frans Vogelaar manages to break open the jammed discussion.

Humboldt Volcano @ Der Tagesspiegel

The German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel presents Humboldt Volcano as the symbol for a better Humboldt Forum.

Publication by Rüdiger Schaper, 1 September 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”.

Rex @ Kathimerini

Publication of the research on the Athens “Rex” theater and cinema complex in the Greek daily “Kathimerini”. The research on “Rex” was done in preparation of the documentary “Fabric” that is screened at the Athens School of Fine Arts in the framework of documenta 14 from April to July 2017.

Fabric @ Kathimerini

“Fabric” features the life cycle of “Greek Spinning and Weaving Mills”, but at the same time it is the narration of the greater framework in which the bourgeois citizens of the Ottoman Empire acted.

Mobility Immobility

The conference A2B is an initiative of architect Jacques Herzog. This year’s exhibition “We are building the future for you” was presented by the prominent lecturers as designers of the future. International luminaries of architecture in real space like Toyo Ito were placed alongside pioneers of virtual architecture: Elizabeth Sikiaridi explained the term ‘idensity’, which has already been protected by her, which describes the density of media and urban networks and the fusion of virtual and real spaces.

Redesigning the Berlin Palace Kathimerini

Reconciling supporters and opponents of “Humboldt Forum”, the Humboldt Jungle and Humboldt Volcano received a strong positive reception in the Berlin cultural world.

24 January 2017, @ Kathimerini, Greek Newspaper

Hybrid Man

Interview by Max Urai at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Germany.

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.

Humboldt Jungle @ Radio

Can we still save the Berlin Humboldt Forum?
Humboldt Dschungel is presented on German radio.

Smart & the City @ Hannoversche Allgemeine

On Wednesday 9 April 2014 in the evening the walls of the Opera House became a canvas for a light installation. The approximately 15 minute animation runs in a continuous loop on the facade of the opera house.

MIT Leonardo Electronic Almanac

Scenarios for an interplay of the urban space and the media domain. 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. Within this framework, “Idensity®” is proposed as a conceptual tool for developing space in the information-communication age.

New Mobility

The world is changing and with it the cities. The new possibilities of physical mobility in the industrial age have decisively influenced architecture and city planning. The question now arises as to how much the present revolution of information and communication will have.

Network Society

The conference A2B is an initiative of architect Jacques Herzog. This year’s exhibition “We are building the future for you” was presented by the prominent lecturers as designers of the future. International luminaries of architecture in real space like Toyo Ito were placed alongside pioneers of virtual architecture: Elizabeth Sikiaridi explained the term ‘idensity’, which has already been protected by her, which describes the density of media and urban networks and the fusion of virtual and real spaces.

Network City

On the subject of “mobility: immobility”, a number of international architects and representatives from the political and business sectors were invited to attend the conference at Swissbau. The symposium was intended to expand the traditionally rich architectural lectures in Basel through a new thematic focus: the links between architecture and urban development with information and communication technologies.