The Consequences of Modernity

This is the first post in a new series called ‘The Consequences of Modernity’. In this series we will try to shed light on several large-scale, comprehensive social engineering practices and the related key figures which lay at the foundation of modernist urban planning. We will further try to use this practices as windows for…

The Freestate of Amsterdam

The exibition ‘The Freestate of Amsterdam’ (dutch website), which is the contribution of the municipality of Amsterdam to the 4th IABR, curated by DRO director Zef Hemel, opened its gates to the public yesterday. The exibition takes place in our backyard, the Tolhuistuin. Nine Dutch urban design offices present their visions on the future of Amsterdam,…

Maakbaarheid at the IABR

Yesterday the 4th edition of the IABR opened it’s doors for the public. The theme of the 2009 edition Open City: Designing Coexistence raises the question of social cohesion in and access to the city in relation to the contributions architects and urbanists can make for improving the quality of the urban condition. The curator of the…

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…

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…

The Farmacy: floating urban fram

The discussion around nature in relation to our artifical, urban environment already brought us along vertical forests, wild animals,  floating gardens and markets. The trick to balance modern technology and materials with our natural surroundings is very much sought after. Samantha Lee’s design for a floating urban farm that grows medicinal plants and herbs in…

Publication ‘Ruimte maken voor krimp’

Laatst week the results of the research conducted by Ontwerplab Krimp in three different areas in the Netherlands have been presented at NAi. The research was focused on shrinking cities and, in contrast to the most research on the topic until today, on the opportunities and chances these developments bring with them. You can download…

New York City Street Design Approach

The New York City Department of Transportation has recently published a street design manual, which in essence is a collection of patterns intended to be implemented throughout the city state in similar ways. Under the lead of transportation commissioner and traffic anti-planner Janette Sadik-Khan, who the NY Magazine describes as a mixture in equal parts…

Capita Selecta: Creating Space

Creating Space is investigating the relationship between contemporary visual culture and the creation of meaningful spaces. Architecture is the art of space, archtitects are creating spaces for specific usages. But how do these spaces get their specific meaning? Which rol does light, sound or temperature play? What’s the relation between inside and outside? The next…

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…

Launch of Volume #19: Architecture of Hope

Vandaag wordt de nieuwe editie van Volume#19: Architecture of Hope in het kader van de Masters of Intervention serie gepresenteerd. met bijdragen van… Volume Design2Context NoAcademy