Urban Fruit and Vegetables

I just came across two great initiatives which could be very useful on the way towards a more integrated urban farming strategy for Amsterdam Noord. In terms of mapping potential (semi-)public green spaces in the city the idea behind the Urbana-Champaign Fruit Map, initiated by the people from La Casa Urbana, is interesting. This Google…

Urban Century Audiovisual Archive

That’s how we like it. Tons of movies, documentaries, lectures and discussions on the urban condition, all availible for free. As part of the Urban Century project the VPRO provides an excellent, ever evolving audiovisual archive. The footage is accessible as free download, stream, torrent or podcast. You can select content wheather by geographical location,…

2059 Speculative Peculiars

Futureology is going strong lately.  2059 Speculative Peculiars is initiated by Femke Lutgerink en Partizan Publik Urgestein Christiaan Fruneaux. The series is an imaginary and visionary glance at the future of urban landscapes. It is an interdisciplinary program about the possible and the impossible, the politics, subcultures, developments and conventions that will govern and shape…

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,…

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: 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…

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…

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…

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…

Independent Fashion Pop Up Store in Amsterdam

Tomorrow Golfstromen are launching their new project, the Independent Fashion Store. In collaboration with upcoming fashion labels OntFront and Nuzyn they have transformed two former prostitution rooms in downtown Amsterdam into a (work)shop were upcoming designers and labels can present and sell their new collections. The project is another chapter in Golfstromens’ history of flexible…

Yes, we can, intervene!

In the fourth section of Social Engineering in the Amsterdam Metropolis all came down to the ‘can do’ mentality of the students. In this section the participants were asked to sketch different future scenario’s on their case and to identify the necessary ingredients and drivers which ultimately make their interventions autarc and  sustainable. Here are…

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…