The ongoing digital revolution since the 1990s onwards leading to ever more networked societies has changed power balances, wealth and knowledge distribution and increasingly encroaches the relative independence of the disciplines of architecture and urbanism and us humans. As our bodies, buildings, and cities are being retrofitted with technology to gain dynamic intelligence and contextual awareness, how might we, as designers, provide visions of new spatial typologies and alternative modes of practice?
The study of transgenderism should not be considered exclusively from political medical or socio-cultural perspectives, as matters of inclusion or exclusion, or what is considered as a disorder, normal or abnormal behavior. All societal perspectives unfold themselves – for one reason or another – within space. Therefore, the primary purpose of this research was the critical exploration of spatial and architectural conditions of transgender related phenomena.
Projecting a utopia of resilience, Metabolism employed biological metaphors and recalled techno-scientific images which, together with the vernacular, evoked the notion of a genetic architecture able to be recreated again and again. A specific concern was to mediate between an urbanism of large, technical and institutional infrastructures and the freedom of the individual.
Does Constant’s New Babylon still appear provocative today? From an architectural point of view, the world of New Babylon is no longer a hypothetic image but a concrete phenomenon in the widest sense. If we still might consider it as a provocative concept, this is probably because New Babylon transformed from a plausible reality to a real reality, but characterized by an astounding contradiction.
Philips has been singularly dominant in shaping Eindhoven as it created individual buildings, infrastructure and even whole neighborhoods. Then it left. In assessing the impact of what remains of this industrial heritage as nostalgia swells in the community, what is left may be the very idea of Eindhoven. The new identity is formed from the remnants of the past, making it inauthentic in its mimicry. The past draw of nostalgia acts on the present reality on a citywide scale. What impact does nostalgia have on the artificial construction of collective memory?
Architecture museums as we know them today, publicly accessible institutions dedicated to educating visitors about various topics of architecture and urbanism, came into existence in the 20th century. At the time subjects as the design of buildings and cities, hygiene conditions of living environments, the segregation of functions and public housing became highly relevant. Consequently, the debate about the qualities of the modern society contained – besides space related – also societal subjects like social rights, economic emancipation, individual freedom and equality for all. As a result of this shift, the planning of proper living conditions for ‘ordinary people’ and their ‘everyday’ physical habitat became important subjects of discussion within the fields of architecture and urban design.
The main objective of the Architectural Analysis course of 2016 was the research of several historically loaded locations in the city of Berlin by literature study and critical spatial analysis. Five different locations were explored, which were relevant for the pre-war, war- and post-war periods of the city: the ‘Pariser Platz’, the ‘Potsdammer Platz’, ‘Berlin Mitte’, ‘Checkpoint Charlie’ and the ‘Lindenstrasse’.
Usually it is the ‘written narrative’ that forms the foundation for a classical biography. However, the ‘spatial narrative’ or the ‘spatialization’ of narratives forms the main approach in this study. Thereby, the buildings and houses inhabited by Premsela and Heymans in certain periods of their lifetime do form mnemonic devices that still carry traces of their personal biographies worth being remembered.
Amsterdam had a thriving Jewish cultural life before it was disrupted in the period of occupation (1940 – 1945). That life has left its mark in the architecture of Amsterdam as can be seen in the buildings of Jewish institutions, theaters, museums, churches, schools, cinemas, cafes and residential complexes.