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…

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…

Publicity Plant: growing plants through social media attention

Sander Veenhof designed an interactive greenhouse in which a bouquet of ‘graduation flowers’ is growing, depending on your help! A greenhouse control system converts all online publicity into plant growth by switching on the grow-lights when you blog or Twitter about it, upload a photo at Flickr, or bookmark ‘puplicityplant’ on Delicious. Below you can…

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…

Velocommerce: bike based trade

I just came across a great idea which was part of the City Eco Lab at the Biennale internatinale design 2008 in Saint Etienne. John Thackara from doors of perception was the curator of the exibition. He asked the guys from velowala from the Walhalla of bike-based commerce, India, to contribute with an installation to…

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

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‘Het Bauhaus wordt allereerst het verzamelpunt van diegenen die geloven in de toekomst, hemelbestormend de kathedraal van het socialisme willen bouwen.’ -Oskar Schlemmer ‘Kunst behelst alles wat in een moderne technisch bepaalde maatschappij om vorm vraagt.’ Onder dit motto richtte Walter Gropius in 1919 de Bauhaus acedemie voor architectuur en vormgeving in Weimar op. Vandaag…

Design in Society

“Innovation happens when a person or organzation fosters interaction between different kinds of people and disparate forms of knowledge.” Design in Society is een samenwerkingsverband tussen YD+I, de Hoogeschool van Amsterdam en de Gerrit Rietveld Academie. De studenten presenteren de resultaten van het project ‘Urban Green: Openbaar Groen in Amsterdam Nieuw West’. Eindpresentatie 27 maart:…