[Once Upon a Future]

Once Upon a Future is an imaginary fast-forward to a possible Bordeaux in the year 2030 – the year in which the city desires to reach the magic number of one million inhabitants. In this work of social fiction made for the biannual EVENTO 2011, citizens initiative takes a major role in envisioning, managing and governing the city.

[(Dis)assembled]

(Dis)assembled lays out the possibility to take the making of the city into our hands – as a common effort. A large collection of materials and tools, laid on the floor of Röda Sten Konsthall's main hall, are brought to life on the not-yet-planned outdoors terrain – through the action and imagination of visitors and neighbours – to give it a future direction.

[Cultural Development Node No. 1]

Cultural Development Node No. 1, the architectural extension of the cultural center at the foot of the former garbage dump in Moravia in Medellín, Colombia, is a test case of decentralising its cultural community development programs into the neighbourhood, while involving locally available capacities (recycling economy and craftsmanship).

[Taking Common Matter into Your Own Hands]

What would socially engaged business and economy be in Bosnia and Herzegovina today, beyond humanitarian crisis, foreign support and external funding? This research makes a speculative extrapolation – based on the life story of Rajka and Vukašin Borojević, exploring potentials of socially engaged entrepreneurship today.

[Matrix City]

With Matrix City, Impakt Festival 2010 (exhibition, screenings, conference and more) has delved into the dilemma of the worldwide ongoing urbanization, which appears to act as an irreversible, self-propelling machine – making the majority of people increasingly dependent on its networked superstructure.

[Constituting the Interim]

Aided by a faltering economy, interim use has gained cult status in the Netherlands in recent years. The Constitution for the Interim sketches the borderlands between opportunity and neglect, investment and exploitation, the temporary and the on-going, law and lawlessness – realities related to temporary use as a tool in contemporary urban development.

[ARCHIPHOENIX]

ARCHIPHOENIX - Faculties for Architecture has turned the Dutch Pavilion, at the 2008 Architecture Biennale in Venice, into a weeklong stage for research and exploration and a debate platform focusing on the capacities and capabilities of architecture - beyond building.

[Fruit and Energy Farms]

Together with artist and architect Marjetica Potrč, STEALTH was commissioned by the National Public Art Council of Sweden and Knivsta Municipality to do a complete redesign of the Thunmanskolan's outdoor environment. With its Fruit and Energy Farms, the schoolyard displays the proces of harvesting energy from sun and wind.

[Open Futures]

This project investigates large vacant urban areas - usually centrally located and strategically important - in nine emerging capitals of the Western Balkans. For a number of reasons and coincidences these sites have been 'waiting' for decades - now they function as loopholes to catapult us into some of the most important dimensions of the local context.

[Futures for Alkantara]

With Futures for Alkantara, STEALTH and a number of other contributors tested and projected possible future directions for the performance festival organisation Alkantara - 'live' in the still barren and dilapidated venue the organisation just acquired.

[Occupation Game]

Occupation Game – to & to & to… traces the outlines of the space claimed by all artworks on exhibit in the Kunst Merano Arte space since its inauguration in six years ago. Through this, a mapping of the 'history' of the artistic occupation of the Kunst Merano Arte space is made, revealing in return what was never used or occupied.

[Cut for Purpose]

How is the future relation between curators, artists, audience, museum and city to be shaped? With Cut for Purpose, museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam gets a spatial tool to discover its new Street Gallery by literally carving out the potentials for it. As for each activity a purpose-made space is cut, this special cardboard structure triggers the exploration and makes its traces visible in the 600 m2 gallery space.

[Street/Approp/Struggle]

This project makes a crash-investigation of one of Rotterdam's most 'public' spaces: the Witte de With street. Through a digital simulation model, it explores how this space can be identified as an assemblage of interests - a stage on which the 'struggle over space' through physical and non-physical interventions and occupations takes place.

[CtCB]

This project dissects Munich's clichéd image of traditional conservatism to explore its often hidden side of parallel cultural scenes and networks. Who are those that explore the possibilities left open? And what kinds of tactics do these 'urban innovators' employ? To observe and model their influence on the city of Munich, this project borrows modelling technique from the field of artificial intelligence.

[DataCloud]

This info-space originated from the desire to make complex sets of urban data accessible in relational and spatial way. The data is generated as a 3d 'cloud' through which users can 'fly' and which they can reorganise as desired, by that revealing the different topologies of data ëhiddení in the cloud. Here the proximity of data-objects has an associative meaning, which allows perceiving their relationships in unexpected ways.

[ProcessMatter]

This urban simulation brings street trade, one of the central 'wild' practices of the city of Belgrade, to the digital ground to study the urban evolution and the impact it generates. Here the interest in physical form or growth patterns is secondary to an interest in the character and behaviour of the urban process itself. To start, the user introduces (draws) the 'geography' of the world and the 'ecology' of the agents.

[SmartArch]

The outcome of the Smart Architecture research is a book containing new ideas and challenging approaches towards sustainable architecture. The book brings together numerous examples with a wide range of possible ideas, but as well sketches a profile of what the task of an architect and designing under this paradigm would be.

[Pulse]

The friction between the representation techniques for dynamics in urban environments and the virtually static features of architecture is at the core of the Pulse research. The interest of the project is in exploring the strategic potentials of dynamic maps as a base for design with focus on the increase of information density of maps, presence of time aspect or shift from representation to simulation.

[AmsterdamNoord.tmp]

This proposal is made as complementary plan to the master plan for redevelopment of the IJ-Embankment in Amsterdam North; a strategic ingredient that allows for flexibility of the area during its 25-year development trajectory. A catalyst function has been given to temporary programs and architecture to bring in urban pioneers and bridge the time-gap toward a vivid urban environment.

[Nabe]

How can revealing city's essential characteristics help in strengthening its identity? In the context of the only 30 years old city of Almere, the proposal is to acknowledge the state of constant urban transformation to the core of the city's character. Eight principles for action are suggested to stimulate it; implying emancipation of inhabitants towards participation in the actual planning of the city.

[Wild City]

Starting off from the drastic changes in urban structure of the city of Belgrade during the 1990's, Wild City sets out to identify the internal 'logic' of the seemingly chaotic processes and describe them in a systemic way. The thesis is that, by extracting mechanisms of transformation processes, the strength already available in many 'ground up' actions of urban actors can be used in design strategies.

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