MANIFESTO Be utopian ! We want to build new worlds where fiction is reality and games are new rules for democracy. If space is made by dynamics of exchange, then everybody can be the architects of our world and encourage creativity, reflexion and to renew social behaviours. rotor Featured projects A Critical Look at Sustainable Architecture through 600 Objects The book Behind the Green Door is a richly illustrated critical portrait of the concrete consequences and paradoxes of sustainability as a dominating paradigm within architecture and urban planning(...) > more... Architecture and the Desire for Sustainability / Oslo Architecture Triennale 2013
Labs PopTech Labs bring a carefully curated network of leaders, creative thinkers and innovators together to collaborate on issues of vital importance to business, society and the planet. Our goal is to map the drivers of change in a particular domain, to identify critical, early-stage opportunities for disruptive innovation, and to collaboratively design new incentives and unconventional actions to propel such innovation forward. Each Lab we undertake is a year-or-more-long effort, in which we bring this network together for evocative learning experiences and field visits and hands-on mapping, collaboration and incentive design sessions. We share the resulting work and insights broadly so that it may inspire others to follow in our footsteps.
Data Farming: Demonstrating the Benefits of Urban Agriculture [INFOGRAPHIC] Transforming underutilized land into productive urban farms was one of the many topics which were presented at the recent Kansas City Design Week. Jerome Chou, past Director of Programs at the Design Trust for Public Space, presented his unique experience with the implementation of the Five Boroughs Farm in New York City and the impact that urban agriculture can have on low-income areas of a city. Chou pointed out in his presentation that having the land available for an urban farm is only half of the battle. The other half involves changing local zoning laws, influencing political opinion, garnering economic support, and proving the project will have a net benefit to a community.
DUS Architects Amsterdam - Wierden - Almere "Play the City - Design the process and ensure a great outcome." Almere is the youngest town of the Netherlands. De Wierden is one of the eldest dwelling areas of Almere. Built in the late seventies - early eighties, this area now faces several changes. DUS has been assigned as supervisors of the transformation of the area, and thereby will commit to the project long term (expected final completion 2022). The urban transformation trajectory, supervised in collaboration with urban designer Gert Breugem (the municipal planning department of Almere), consists of a mixture of bottom-up and top down components, ranging from social planning to landscape and architectural design, and evolves in several phases by means of mapping, programming and designing.
OOZE - ARCHITECTS/ URBANISTS Twin house – Villa refurbishment – 200m2 / EUR – Rowald & Suze Pfannes - Leipzig (D) - CURRENT Violetta’s shoe store – Shop fitting– 20m2 / EUR 16.000K – Zarko & Violeta Radulovic - Rotterdam (NL) - COMPLETED Syd’s pad – Flat refurbishment – 40m2 / EUR 20.000K – Syd Reynal - Paris (FR) - CURRENT Trails – Visitor center – 1200m2 / EUR 2.000K – Staatsbosbeheer - Oostvaardersplassen (NL) - COMPETITION In Between waters – Art installation – 500m2 / EUR 200.000 – Emsher Kunst - Essen (D) - CURRENT Open E Land Open E Land is part of a worldwide movement working to transition to a sustainable, just, resilient social-economic model. Our name reflects our beliefs: Knowledge should be shared openly and not encumbered by patents or trade secrets.
TetraBox Light Liquid to Light Designer Ed Chew takes a green step in the right direction with the TetraBox lamp, a light object made from discarded drink packets that would have otherwise ended up in landfills already packed to the brim. The design is achieved by unfolding the packets and refolding them into hexagonal and pentagonal sections that are then pieced together to form a geodesic sphere or any other desired shape. Here, the Epcot-like ball makes an attractive overhead light and casts an impressive web of shadows and shapes on the surrounding space. Designer: Ed Chew
Get Involved! « Gap Filler Want to help? Our main aim is to involve as many people as possible in all of our projects. While all of our ‘gaps’ are designed to be used and enjoyed by the local community, we rely on people’s help to bring the projects to life in the first place. make projects happen 2008-2011 wonderland > about us About wonderland Wonderland - platform for european architecture is a Vienna / Austria based network for exchanging experiences, information and knowledge for young Europe-oriented architecture practices.Wonderland continuously initiates collaboration projects with international teams to foster inter-European exchange, organises Project Spaces, Blind Dates and symposia, conducts research on current challenges and approaches in the field of architecture as well as urban planning and shares results with members and the public by means of exhibitions and publications. Our network currently consits of Austrian, British, Croatian, Cypriot, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, Germain, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Romanian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukranian architecture teams. We plan on expanding our network and strengthening our presence in Europe.
Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design The Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID) is a postgraduate school and consultancy based in Copenhagen, Denmark which focuses on the area of interaction design. It was launched in 2007 and in 2008, completed its Pilot Year programme in an attempt to establish a full-time Masters course in the field. The Pilot Year was awarded financial funding by The Enterprise and Construction Authority (EBST), the Danish Ministry of Culture, Novo Nordisk and the JL Foundation. Now in its sixth year, the new batch of students are participating in the Interaction Design Programme 2014. The institute is based in an independent building in the center of Copenhagen, and the school and its postgraduate Interaction Design Programme is in collaboration with Design School Kolding, one of two main design schools in Denmark. The course is headed by Simona Maschi, and its board and faculty include people such as Gillian Crampton-Smith and Bill Verplank. References
Build a Barn Greenhouse I have been dying to show you my Mother's Day present. For years and years and years, I've been wanting a greenhouse. Up here in Alaska, the only way you are going to eat cucumbers or tomatoes off the vine is to grow a greenhouse.