Book Cover – Negotiation and Design for the Self-Organizing City
Former Design as Politics colleague Ekim Tan (teacher in our 2012 ‘We the People’ studio) will host the talk show ‘How City Gaming will Save City Planning’ on Friday 12 September in the Mediamatic Fabriek, Amsterdam.
The event is organized to celebrate the completion of her doctoral research earlier that day, and the publication of the corresponding book Negotiation and Design for the Self-Organizing City. In this book she describes the development of the method through the evaluation of six real city games. Each game was designed to support local city-makers, from architects to neighborhood groups, housing corporations, cultural institutions, and municipalities, in their joint efforts to evolve their cities. The Play the City Talk Show has a great line-up of professionals who gather to discuss the relevancy of City Games to Collaborative City Making, so don’t miss it!
Design as Politics’ Professor Wouter Vanstiphout together with his office Crimson Architectural Historians and FAT Architecture, is curating the exhibition of the Britsh Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia
The exhibition titled A Clockwork Jerusalem will explore how the international influences of Modernism became mixed with long standing British sensibilities. It examines how traditions of the romantic, sublime and pastoral, as well as interests in technology and science fiction were absorbed to create a specifically British form of Modernism.
The exhibition focusses on the mature flowering of British Modernism; the moment it was at its most ambitious socially, politically and architecturally, but which also witnessed its collapse. A variety of large scale projects offer insights into the way architecture was central to manufacturing a new vision of society at a scale inconceivable in today’s Britain. It will explore how the modern future of Britain was built from an unlikely combination of interests and show how these projects have changed our physical and imaginative landscapes.
The Venice Biennale will be open to the public from 7 June to 23 November 2014, with preview days on the 5 and 6 June. The title chosen by curator Rem Koolhaas for the 14th International Architecture Exhibition is Fundamentals. The British Pavilion, is located in the Giardini. All national pavilions have been asked to respond to a common theme – Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014 – exploring the history of architecture in their country during this period, with its own particular emphasis and originality. In total 66 national participations will be exhibiting in 2014, in the historic pavilions of the Giardini but also as part of the Arsenale, and across the city of Venice.
Design as Politics’ Marta Relats will be in Berlin next week to talk at the public symposium REGION AS CITY: The Spatial Interdependencies Beyond the City – organized by ANCB in collaboration with the Leibniz Universität Hannover and the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin.
Marta will present the key outcomes of the 2012 design workshop ‘Shrinking Regions, Growing democracy’ in which Design as Politics’students explored a democratic urban future for the Prignitz region.
The event takes place at 12 May 2014, 3:00pm and will be in English. Admission is free. Please register at firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the important factors leading to attractive cities and neighborhoods, is the quality of the public space. Still we know very little of what people really think of their immediate surroundings, while they are the ones who use it the most.
This is one of the reasons our PhD candidate Els Leclercq is currently developing an app as part of her dissertation. The app allows anyone to assess, rate and record the quality of their public spaces in a simple way in their own time. This does not only generate empirical data about the status of our public space by a variety of users, but the tool could also be used to increase the input of local residents and users in any regeneration project. Based on an unbiased assessment, spaces can then be reconfigured with design interventions that are responsive to the experiences and aspirations of daily users. 80% of the Dutch population now has a smartphone and could potentially engage in new more democratic forms of changing cities.
In a first step to test this new form of interactive consultation, a pilot project was launched at Tiendplein in Rotterdam. Local residents, business operators and passers-by are being encouraged to give their opinion of the public realm in an easy and straightforward way via their mobile phones. The output will eventually be used for the re-design of the square.
Also interested in rating your local area, wherever you are in the world? Then download the app Color your Space from the app store. All feed back is at this stage enormously helpful to be able to further develop Color your Space.
Follow the progress and results of Color your Space on facebook.
New Towns are Politics! That’s why, at the end of this month we will start a public lecture series organized in collaboration with the International New Town Institute carrying the title ‘The New Town- From Welfare City to Neoliberal Utopia.’
The lectures will follow a chronological story on new town planning in the 20th century, explaining how the design of New Towns was based on experiments in the pre-war period with utopian, communal living, was then discovered by national governments as ways to further their very diverse political agendas, later became a symbol of modernization and progress in the postwar period and is now used as a tool for investors, developers and multinational corporations to create huge profits, thereby abandoning the original public goals of New Town Planning.
The weekly lectures will take place on Tuesdays from 13:45 – 15:00, starting April 22nd. For each lecture we invited a specialist from the field of urban design, planning or theory to give you a multidisciplinary overview of the New Town planning all over the world. Amongst the speakers are: Michelle Provoost, Wouter Vanstiphout, Len de Klerk, Vincent Nadin, Ivan Nio, Sophie van Ginneken, Arnold Reijndorp and Anthony townsend [TBC]. Click here for more information and the most up-to-date schedule.