Self-initiated research project
Published throughout the whole year on interactive platform rr-dialogues.org

In december 2017 we invited thirty people from different disciplines and various cities in Europe to participate in a one-year experimental research project. They were asked to react (visually and textually) on the two acts we wrote on the topic, Act I Representation of Intentions and Act II Revision of Intentions, with the format and approach of their choice. 

We created an online interactive platform that allowed us to show all the different contributions simultaneously and non-hierarchically: the circle (our logo) as a (digital) round table with all the contributions around. We established relations between the contributions, e.g. duos and collectives of corresponding or contradicting approach, content, visualisation (a.o.). Not only was this project about a dialogue between us and the contributors, but also between all of them: an accumulative, collective research.

In this project we have explored en experimented with architectural research: to approach a topic from various perspectives, through various (for architectural research sometimes unconventional) formats, establishing relations, parallels and contradictions, with time and context as our main parameters. We call this method of research ‘rotative research’ (rr), and the extension where we invite and include other people in the research ‘rr-dialogues’. 

Architectural representations, simulations and projections influence our perception and idea of what is to come. How do promise, imagination and real materialisation merge or interact within the existing urban, public environment?

Act I Representation of Intentions | january 2018
The mechanics of perception, communication and persuasion that are needed to help public envisage the intention of an idea, a transformation. The focus of this act is to understand the different ways that are used to simulate a reality that is still ont existing – that exists only as idea or plan* – and to imagine the potential impact that the intended transformation might have when realized within its context. *For instance the use of drawing, writing, scale models, 1:1 mock-ups, renderings, building site propaganda, Potemkin villages

Act II Revision of Intentions | april 2018
Act I focussed on the simulation of intentions - the representation and public announcement of a reality existing only as idea or plan, and on imagining the potential impact of such intentions on the context - Act II, in continuation of Act I, is about the importance/role of context*: what happens when intentions encounter (meet/clash) with the real context? What is the result of this interaction? Context might redefine intentions. *context: an immediate, physical site; values, meanings and local ‘prescriptions’. 

No contribution was ever shown alone, but always in relation to another one. The online format allowed us to experiment with publishing, to create a dynamic environment where we could publish the contributions continuously, in various constallations (dialogues) throughout the year, with an interactive index, split-screens (that allowed for cross-reading) and collective pages. With the contributors we communicated through email, video calls and we organised two physical workshops, in Rotterdam and Zürich.

Bonell+Dòriga, Delany Boutkan, Ana Buljan, Elettra Carnelli, Jazmin Charalambous, Oskar van Eeden, Carla Ferrer + Marco Jacomella / ITER, Frank Hanswijk, Henrik Hentsche, 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: architect Pavle Stamenovic and Hannes Rutenfranz
Website concept and design by rotative studio.
Built by Alex Roidl and has been selected and published by Hover States and Pavel Kedich.


The image of promises 2017
Simultaneity in cities 2017
Evidence of the absent 2019

Space in-between 2020

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