rotative research Edition 03
Urban transformation as event

Which 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?

For this year we invited over thirty people from different artistic, architectural and theoretical disciplines and different European cities to react on these questions (’Act I and II’), which resulted in over thirty distinct contributions. Everybody was asked to react both visually and textually. 

We created an online platform that allowed us to show all the contributions simultaneously and to relate them in different ways (a.o. in duo’s, in groups, curated, random). The contributors were therefore also connected in different ways, through their contributions. We also orgranised a series of round tables in Rotterdam and Zürich.

Currently the website is under construction, but you can take a look at it here

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

Pavle Stamenovic collected all the conversations that took place during the development of the project and produced the book ‘Archive rr dialogues’

About the project rotative research

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 five 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.

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.

Edition 01 - The Image of Promises 2017
Edition 02 - Simultaneity in Cities 2017
Edition 03 - Urban Transformation as Event 2018
Edition 04 - Materialisation of Intentions: Evidence of the Absent 2019
Edition 05 - The site as a space for design and public dialogue 2020