03 - Urban transformation as event

Which life-size representation, publication and simulation methods of new developments/buildings can we find on-site within European cities? How do they temporarily shape our cities? What do they want to tell us, and what do they tell us unintentionally? Can we, when they are already placed on-site, in the real-size, imagine how the new developments are going to take presence in the future? How will these new developments impact the existing context?

We invited over thirty people from different artistic, architectural and theoretical disciplines and different cities to engage with our research onurban transformation. We wrote two briefs (’Act I and II’)  and asked everybody to react both visually and textually.

We created an online platform that allowed us to show all the different contributions simultaneously and non-hierarchically and to relate them in different ways: in duos and in groups. The contributors were therefore also connected in different ways, through their contributions, with their particular perspective and approach. We communicated through email, video calls and physical workshops.

The website has been selected by Hover States and Pavel Kedich

Delany Boutkan
Ana Buljan
Elettra Carnelli
Jazmin Charalambous
Oskar van Eeden
Carla Ferrer + Marco Jacomella / ITER
Frank Hanswijk
Henrik Hentschel
Ravian van den Hil
Rosa Maria de los Heros + Manuel Julià
Emma Hoette
Michiel Huijben
Ramon Landolt
Eulàlia Martin
Anne Mikoleit
Maite Moreno

Piet Nieder
Stich & Oswald + Dominique Jehle
Ioanna Piniara
Hannes Rutenfranz
Anna Sala Giralt
Pavle Stamenovic
Josh Stevenson
Maro Tsagka
Jorn de Vries

Invited moderators
Pavle Stamenovic
Hannes Rutenfranz

Website concept and design by rotative studio
Built by Alex Roidl

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