02 - Simultaneity in Cities 


2017
 
A dialogue based on photography, with eight people from different cities and disciplines a.o. graphic design, social anthropology and philosophy, about places that don’t reveal where they are, with a focus on contextually conflicting transformations, where we find discontinuities, contradictions, paradoxes and dualities. Questions: What if we continue to build like this, similar buildings and architectural styles in all our cities... What does it mean to have a homogeneous reality? What part of the identity gets lost in these projects? What kind of values remain? How do we recognise our cities?
We experimented with different formulas of ‘rotative dialogues’.


Participants:
rotative studio, Zürich - Rotterdam 
Lidija Burcak, London
Noortje De Leij, Amsterdam
Ramon Landolt, Zürich
Eulalia Martin, Barcelona
Hannes Rutenfranz, Zürich
Pavle Stamenovic, Belgrade
Ljuba Slavkovic, Belgrade
Simone Trum, Rotterdam 






Our practice as architects requires us to question the way architecture and city planning are done today. Therefore, in december 2017, we initiated a project on this topic, that has developed in four ‘editions’. By combining an experimental and phenomenological approach with open dialogues and critical reflection, we search for new ways to experience, understand and debate the transformation of our built environment* and aim to involve a wider audience than the architectural community, as well as to create a more elaborate understanding together with other related disciplines.
This project is both about content as well as methodology. We experimented with various forms of (interdisciplinary and international) dialogues: digital and physical, inside and outside, in the private and the public domain, with invited experts, residents, friends and strangers, as tête-à-tête, in duos and collectively.

*A palimpsest of past, present and future and changes in value, meaning and form.
**We focus foremost on parallels and contradictions, taking time and context as the main parameters.


01 - The Image of Promises 2017
02 - Simultaneity in Cities 2017
03 - Urban Transformation as Event 2018
04 - Materialisation of Intentions: Evidence of the Absent 2019