Urban Transformation as Event

Urban Transformation as Event
One-year interactive research project with 30 contributors from different disciplines and cities in Europe 
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 the online interactive platform ‘rr-dialogues.org’ 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.

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’.

Contributors: Bonell+Dòriga (Barcelona), Delany Boutkan (Rotterdam), Ana Buljan (Rotterdam/Zagreb), Elettra Carnelli (Zürich/Milan), Jazmin Charalambous (Rotterdam/London), Oskar van Eeden (Rotterdam), Carla Ferrer + Marco Jacomella/ ITER (Milan), Frank Hanswijk (Rotterdam), Henrik Hentschel (Zürich), Ravian van den Hil (Rotterdam/Tokyo), Rosa Maria de los Heros + Manuel Julià (Barcelona), Emma Hoette (Amsterdam/London), Michiel Huijben (Rotterdam), Ramon Landolt (Zürich), Eulàlia Martin (Barcelona), Anne Mikoleit (Zürich), Maite Moreno (Barcelona), Piet Nieder (Berlin), Stich & Oswald + Dominique Jehle (Zürich), Ioanna Piniara (Athens/London), Hannes Rutenfranz (CH/DE), Anna Sala Giralt (ES), Pavle Stamenovic (RS), Josh Stevenson (NL/UK), Maro Tsagka (GR), Jorn de Vries (NL)

‘Rotate and change the perspective.’

Urban Transformation as Event is part of

Reflections & reactions on urban transformation

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


Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belgrade, Berlin,  Milano, Maastricht, Noto, Palermo, Rome, Rotterdam, Seoul, Tokyo, Zürich (and more...)

Imagine the Volume, presented at Volumes Zürich (2019)
Space in-between (2020)

One-year residency Kulturfolger Zürich 2019

Kulturfolger Zürich (2019)
London Festival of Architecture (2020)
New Generations Festival 2020-(2023)

Belgrade Waterfront 360° (on-site 2017)
Simultaneity in Cities (with 8 contributors from different disciplines and cities in Europe 2017)
Urban transformation as Event (with 30 contributors from different disciplines and cities in Europe 2018)
Evidence of the Absent (public events, round tables, interviews and invited guests 2019)
Space in-between (round table during LFA 2020)