Final Presentations at Amsterdam City Hall

Last week the university minor program ‘Social Engineering in the Amsterdam Metropolis’ reached it’s ‘official’ tipping point at the Amsterdam City Hall. The students presented the results of their 16 weeks lasting full time research trajectory to the mayor of Amsterdam Job Cohen and an elaborate jury of professional social engineers. The jury consisted of…

Intervention: De Kast van Noord: An exchange closet

by Koen Elzerman Students Joeri Jörg and Koen Elzerman initiated a place where people can leave items (clothes, books, sleeping-bags and domestic products) which they do not need anymore, while other people still might be happy with it. In this manner people can contribute to the daily-struggle that people have to cope with their limited…

Intervention: The Floating Market

How can old and new communities be connected through a new form of social architecture? The 4 students of the Overhoeks/Van der Pek case researched the possibilities of improving social ties between two neighbourhoods in Amsterdam:  Overhoeks and Van der Pek. The former is being developed at the moment, the latter is and ‘old, traditional…

Intervention: Making the invisible, visible: The Secret of North

by Flora Lysen Is there a way to involve neighborhood residents with a developing city park? The 4 students of the ‘Green Team’ of the minor ‘Social Engineering in the Amsterdam Metropolis’ researched the development of the new ‘Noorderpark’, an urban park that is now being developed into one of the largest city parks of…

Urban Action: what can you do with the city?

Up until april this year the Canadian Centre for Architecture hosted the exibition Actions: what can we do with the city?, where seemingly common activities such as walking, playing, recycling, and gardening where pushed beyond their usual definition by architects, artists, and collectives to show the potential influence personal involvement can have in shaping the…

Social Engineering in the Amsterdam Metropolis 2008

The program Social Engineering in the Amsterdam Metropolis 2009 is entering the final, decisive stage. Tonight we are very pleased to welcome Yale sterling professor James C. Scott who will be hosting the last Masters of Intervention session of this season. On tuesday next week our student action teams will be presenting their research results…

The return of the Block Party

The guys from Streetfilms have made a very inspiring ten minute short telling us about the history, the disappearance and the recent revival of Block Parties. When I watched the video I really got inspired by the idea that people in one neighbourhood, residents, just closed down their block for one day and turned it…

Power through asset mapping

In a recent article in commarts, John Emerson is describing how asset mapping and visual media can help in building stronger communities and establishing a solid foundation for challenging the status quo. What is power? It’s an abstract dynamic, an engine behind the visible world. Power can be found in relationships, in the flow of…

Horticulture in basements and on rooftops

UvA professor for sustainable development Louise Fresco on low-scale mechanisation and fish ponds and horticulture in basements and on rooftops. Seen on TED2009. via nextnature

Interactive website: City one minutes

Today, the new interactive website cityoneminutes.org has been launched. The site is a initiative from Holland Doc 24 editor in chief Hansje van Etten. Via a huge network of artists the website is collecting videofootage from more than 100 cities all over the world. One minute of film is one hour in the life of…

The Internet Mapping Project

Here is another episode in our series on alternative forms of mapping: Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired, asks people to participate in visualizing the internet. Here is how: The internet is vast. Bigger than a city, bigger than a country, maybe as big as the universe. It’s expanding by the second. No one has seen…

Online Publication: Escape the Overcode

Escape the Overcode: Activist art in the Control Society is part of the open-ended research project conducted by Brian Holmes. The book comprises four major sections, with articles ranging from the underlying technoscientific principles of cybernetics, to cognitive psychology and complexity theory. Holmes asks: How does art become subversive of the social order? How does…