Sam Jacob, Wouter Vanstiphout and Kieran Long in Conversation

On October 9th, the MK Gallery invited Design as Politics Professor Wouter Vanstiphout and Architect Sam Jacob – the curators of this year’s British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale – to discuss the development of their exhibition, A Clockwork Jerusalem, with Architectural Historian and Broadcaster, Kieran Long. A Clockwork Jerusalem explores how the international influences of Modernism became mixed with long standing British sensibilities. and 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… Read More

Reinier de Graaf: Why Mayors should not rule the world

Cities and their mayors are increasingly put forward as The new forces in solving major global problems. While national governments seem to fail in addressing environmental issues, poverty reduction, food production and healthcare, cities appear capable to respond much faster, more efficient and -above all- more democratically. But not everyone agrees. OMA partner and AMO director Reinier de Graaf recently added an interesting angle to the debate by arguing why Mayors should not rule the world… This weekend, the first planning session of the Global Parliament of Mayors took place in Amsterdam: a platform for mayors from across the world, triggered… Read More

The Double Death of Welfare and the Nation State

Invited by it’s curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, we took over the Swiss pavilion this week as part of the Swiss Summer School program “Lucius Burckhardt and Cedric Price – A stroll through a fun palace” Every week, from the opening of the Biennale until October 2014, another institution is invited to spend a week in the Pavilion, bringing their research on some of the most interesting changes that are happening worldwide to the landscape. At the end of the week, the institutes will leave behind the work they have developed, which will be used as a toolbox for subsequent visiting… Read More

Play the City Talk Show

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,… Read More

Nurul Azlan at he Social Media and the Transformation of Public Space conference

The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis organized The Social Media and the Transformation of Public Space conference from June 18th-20th 2014. 150 papers from 200 participants were presented, with themes ranging from the transformation of publicness to creative industries, and democracy and activism. Design as Politics’ PhD candidate Nurul Azreen Azlan was one of the speakers. Social media has been a pervasive force in contemporary public life, redefining the way we connect and communicate within the past ten years. This meteoric rise and rapid development, combined with the robust nature of the technology and the fluid way it permeates different… Read More

A Clockwork Jerusalem

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… Read More

The Spatial Interdependencies Beyond the City

Design as Politics’  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 reply@aedes-network-campus.de

NEW! Graduation Studio 2014/2015

The Design as politics team is very proud to announce our 2014/2015 TU Delft Master graduation Studio: New Utopias on the Ruins of the Welfare State. During this studio, we will try to find the utopian thinking that comes up when old orders collapse. We are living in an age where nation states seem to become weaker and weaker, under the influence of privatisation, localism but also of globalisation and supra-national politics like that of the European Union. Countries seem to be both falling apart in small fragments as well as being dissolved into huge global networks. Architecture and Urbanism have… Read More

The Republic of Veneto

“Ballot” is not originally an English word: It comes from the Venetian word ballotta, or “little ball.” For centuries, councils elected the Doge of Venice, who ruled the city-state, with small silver and gold balls. Now Venetians have put their modern equivalent to good use in a bid to declare independence from Italy. And they have a pretty good case to make for restoring their once-mighty republic. Last week, in a move overshadowed by the international outcry over Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Plebiscito.eu, an organization representing a coalition of Venetian nationalist groups, held an unofficial referendum on breaking with Rome. Voters… Read More

Els Leclercq on Radical Contextualism

The TU Delft chair of Urban Design recently organized a symposium around the theme of ‘Radical Contextualism’, as a farewell to their professor Henco Bekkering. Design as Politics’ PhD candidate Els Leclercq attended the symposium, while wondering what contextualism really means for the fast growing cities of the 21st century Radical contextualism was the aptly selected theme of a recent conference held as part of a series of events to bid farewell to the visionary Professor in Urban Design, Henco Bekkering. The concept and theory of radical contextualism was discussed and explored – from both a local and a global… Read More