Simultaneity in Cities

Simultaneity in Cities
‘An interchangeable and unrecognisable built environment’

Rotate and change the perspective.

The project was set-up as an exercise, a pilot for collective research, a dialogue with ten people in different ways. We invited eight people from different cities and disciplines a.o. graphic design, social anthropology and philosophy for a dialogue based on photography and short paragraphs, about places that don’t reveal where they are. We focussed on contextually conflicting transformations, where we find discontinuities, contradictions, paradoxes and dualities. Specific moments in the city where past, present and future meet; moments where the layers are encountering (or conflicting). This was very much attached to the topics of materiality, material trade and global formalisation of architecture, and questioning 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 wrote four scenarios on the topic and experimented with different forms of dialogues.

Scenario 1 ‘Urban transformation as event*’
To observe a building being made, to experience (de)construction, to remember what was there when something is removed, the character of old and new materials, past and future identities. We have a special interest in contextually conflicting transformations, where we find discontinuities, contradictions, paradoxes and/or dualities.  *event: 1) the consequence of anything 2) that which happens

Scenario 2 ‘Materiality’
To recognise something that doesn’t exist anymore in the same way as before. Replacements, traces, overlappings, change of value, change of use.

Scenario 3 “An object tossed from one country to another” (Lawrence Weiner)
If we look at a building we unconsciously believe that its materiality belongs to the place where it has been built. But what we might not have imagined, is that each different part has been released in different parts of the world.

Scenario 4 ‘Simulation of transformation’
We would like to focus on the simulation of transformation. It refers to all the ways and media needed to help public envisage of one development. How can people understand/imagine the impact of this transformation? How are the intentions for the development being communicated?

Simultaneity in Cities is part of

Reflections & reactions on urban transformation 

Self-initiated research on architectural representation on-site, the scale 1:1, the suggestion of space and the role of physical experience and imagination in architecture.



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), rotative studio (Zürich, Rotterdam)

Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belgrade, Berlin,  Milano, Maastricht, Noto, Palermo, Rome, Rotterdam, Seoul, Tokyo, Zürich andmore