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Monthly Archives: March 2012
We are happy to announce our new graduation studio ‘ We The People: Democracy, Architecture and the City’. Starting Fall 2012. The question: who are you designing for? For the developer? For the Government? Or for the people?
All over the world there are movements for more democracy, and for the right to choose (and build!) your own environment. At the same time architects and planners are making themselves dependent on multinational corporations and undemocratic governments.
In this graduation studio we want you to look for ways in which design can give people the power over their environment. Does that happen through participation? Through anarchist self-determination? Through representative democracy or through gaming and social media? We don’t know. Its up to you. You are free to choose your location and your program.
The studio will offer a rigorous series of workshops and seminars on design tools, participation, activism, political science and how to set up a political campaign. Interested? Come to our info meetings on the 23rd and 24th during lunch. Room: To be announced
Dear students from the Blame the Architect lecture series,
The submission deadline for your riot video has expired on the 15th of March. We look very much forward to enjoy your creations! Below you find a list of student numbers from which we received a movie. Not on the list? Send an email to Marta Relats. We will grade you around the 30th of April.
Received video’s + grade:
The moment is almost there! The launch of our first book: #6 in the Design and Politics series titled Are We The World? Randstad, Holland versus São Paulo, Istanbul & Detroit.
For decades, Dutch design has been exported across the globe. After a successful period in which the polycentric Randstad model was held in high esteem, followed by the fresh, modern approach of the SuperDutch architects, the resources and expertise of organisations such as NAi, IABR, and DutchDFA are now being employed for projects in Asia and South America. But, are Dutch ingenuity, pragmatism and process management the ideals that the explosively expanding or shrinking cities of the 21st century are most in need of? Isn’t the city more of a political question – of accessibility, equality and democracy? What does the Dutch model offer global cities and what can the Netherlands itself learn? ‘
The book compares the Randstad with São Paulo, Istanbul and Detroit, and speculates about alternative visions for city planning and idealistic architectural intervention for the cities involved. ‘Are We the World?’ is not only a plea for a central role for city planning, and an active exchange of ideas, but primarily for new political involvement.
The Design and Politics series is an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment and examines the relationship between planning, design and politics. The book launch is unfortunately postponed. More information will follow a.s.a.p.