Radiant Copenhagen

Ladies and Gentleman, please fasten your seatbelts. We are about to start. The weather in Radiant Copenhagen is clear and sunny. If the internet cooperates, we should get a great view of the city. Let’s take a tour through the future. Radiant Copenhagen is mapping future Copenhagen through a combination of Google Maps, Wiki, tags,…

Project: 49 cities

More control, more monumental, more effective or taller, denser, greener. Throughout history architects and planners have dreamed of ‘better’ and ‘different’ cities. The 49 cities project is reviewing the history of utopian urbanism, all the way from the Roman City up to the great utopian projects of the 20th century. What if these radical plans…

Alex Scordelis at yesterdays Masters of Intervention

Here are the first impressions of yesterdays Masters of Intervention lecture with Alex Scordelis from Improv Everywhere at De Balie in Amsterdam. As you know, we are not only engaging in thinking and talking, but we are also willing to take action on our way to a braver society. And the action is about to…

Forms of social organization: the Hashmob

We’re sure you remember what a flashmob is? If you don’t, have a look! Flashmobs are seemingly spontanious gatherings of large groups of people assembling suddenly somewhere in public space, and then disperse again. Most of the time this is organized via social media or viral emails. But time doesn’t stand still. The next generation…

‘Emotional Cartography’ with biometric data

As a follow up on our earlier post on mental mapping we came across this publication of artist, educator and designer Christian Nold. He launched a book called ‘Emotional Cartography-Technologies of the Self’ where he collected essays from artists, neuroscientists, futurologists, designers and cultural researchers to investigate the social, political and cultural implications of visualising…

Provocation, Information, Facilitation!

After another month of hard work and research, the students presented the results of the third section of Social Engineering in the Amsterdam Metropole. The section was called ‘strategies for intervention’ and our students did come up with a whole spectrum of innovative strategies for tackling the wicked problems they are dealing with. Here are…

Urban Prescriptions: strategies for subversive occupation

One of the prerequisites of Recetas Urbanas, a practice by Santiago Cirugeda, is exploiting loopholes and uncertainties in the bureaucratic system of city planning in order to reclaim parts of cities and therefore enable people to manifest themselves and their ideas. TAKING THE STREET Skips. Dumpsters. How: 1.Apply to the Urban Planning Department of your…

I teach you…the Overman!

Under the foundations of Badhuis Noord a important discovery was made. A prophecy long considered as make-believe has returned to it’s righteous owners, the people. Zarathustra says…by Floor Lysen.

To all agents of change!

What are the do’s and dont’s for bringing about a ‘Happy City’? Who or what are the agents of change, except capital and massmedia? Nader Vossoughian and the participants of his workshop at Masters of Intervention are doing the kickoff with their manifesto for sustainable change… For Nader Vossoughian one of the key elements is…

Anticipation

It’s almost like waiting for presents at Christmas Eve. But because I’m miserable with waiting, and before I cause a scene, here are already some cracking missions from the Improv Everywhere prank archive: For an extensive list of videos check out the ImprovEverywhere YouTube channel or have a look at their website. Charlie Todd is…

Masters of Intervention #3 Alexander Scordelis

The University of Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Municipality, Ymere and the Office for Social Engineering present: Masters of Intervention Social Engineering in the Amsterdam Metropolis Tuesday April 21 2009 20.00, drinks afterwards Grote Zaal, De Balie Improv City Alexander Scordelis To what extent can a brave city be planned? History shows that Dream + Power +…

going local: mental mapping

Last week the students presented their results from the ‘going local’ section of the interdisciplinary minor ‘Social Engineering in the Amsterdam Metropole’. After having aquired a global insight in the practice of social engineering in the first section, it was now time to get to know their own research field from the inside out. They…