Urban Ecology: Building as Being
For the R’dam Academy of Architecture I developed the lecture series Urban Ecology: Building as Being, studying the connections between Ecology & Architecture.
How to reconnect Ecology, the study of the house, with Economy, housekeeping? How to be a builder, in interaction with the environment, and an Architect, the one who masters the builders, who has the overview? How to balance between being in control of what is built, and be part of the building, within a chaotic, complex world?
These questions were addressed by looking at perspectives on building, introduced by invited speakers from the fields of geology, chemistry, biology/evolution, complexity sciences, neuroscience and philosophy. All lectures, and presentations by the young architects, can now be watched back.
KABK Fault Lines Symposium
Wonderful day of conversations and talks by friends Jeff Diamanti, Jasper Coppes and Vibeke Mascini at the KABK Fault lines Symposium, and great to participate in a dialogue with Vibeke after her talk.
Interactive Building Workshop Waag
Build like a beast!
We had so much fun, as you can tell from these images
Insect with tiny house image by Florian Geerken.
The Body & the Landscape
AMOLF NEWS Interview
Fieldnote Workshop Waag
In this writing workshop, we collectively expand on the idea of what a field note is. Who for example is the audience of the field note? Can a field note be directed towards nature itself? Is it possible to create field notes based on a more equal dialogue, that blurs the dichotomy between the human observer and objectified nature?
Artistic Research Research Group
IAS kickoff Talk
Building as Being Symposium
What does it mean to build today, how did building evolve over time and how shall we build in the future? Does our expanding human ego, seeking to capture the world in models, floorplans and blueprints, interfere with our ability of being in the world? Can we alternatively approach building as a way of growing, being and existing in interaction with our environment, in line with the proto-Indian European roots of the word 'building' (growing, being, existing)? What can we learn from the self-organizing building mechanisms of non-humans and crystals for future urban ecologies? The Building as Being Symposium explores these questions in dialogue with experts in the field of urban design, material science, sociology and art, covering three scales: The City, The Mind and Matter. Find all episodes here!
Interview by Tonya Sudiono / Waag
Chalk Talk WarmingUp festival
De Onkruidenier invited me to give a ChalkTalk during their Sweet Sweat installation at the WarmingUp festival at Tolhuistuin.
We explored sounds of calcification, considered seeing our house as a part of our body, tested 'human exoskeletons' made from organic-mineral materials, and questioning if one day we can precipitate buildings from of seawater, like the exoskeletons and micro-shells of our unicellular marine ancestors. Meanwhile, two microscopic mineral architectures appeared out of liquids, grown by scientist Marloes Bistervels. Listen back to the lecture as a podcast!