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Automated landscapes

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While the feeding robot slowly passes by, cow 9273 bumps with her nose against a big round brush. It looks like the ones in the carwash that clean the rims of your car, but then bigger. Food is not what she’s after right now, her itching back is demanding all her attention. Cow 9273 has to push several times before the brush starts slowly spinning, but when it does, she treats herself to a firm back massage. Welcome to dairy farm ‘The Promised Land’ where 1.5 fte and nine robotized computer systems manage a herd of 280 cows plus 180 ‘youngsters’.

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Book Release: Jaap Bakema and the Open Society

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Jaap Bakema and the Open Society is the first extensive book publication on the Dutch architect Jaap Bakema, his ideas and ideals for society at large. Throughout the post-WWII decades Bakema was inspired to build for a democratic and open society. His body of work, his teaching and writing, and his international presence are testimony to the vicissitudes of the welfare state and the roles played by architecture and planning in its construction.

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Happy New Year!

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The year just started and we want to wish you all a happy new year! For those who are in Amsterdam on January 15th we will meet and cheer together at the Ijzaal at the Tolhuistuin. Come by and have a drink with us and our friends of Monnik to usher in 2018!

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Event, Learning Network, Volume #49

Launch: Volume #49 Hello World!

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While the Istanbul Biennial questions ‘Are We Human?’, Volume explores the post-human world of Artficial Intelligence and Machine Learning. It’s not about the future, not about promise, it’s very much about the here and now. Please join us coming Friday (October 28) for an informal gathering at Post Office, Rotterdam to exchange on this life changing topic.

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Panel Discussion: Zuidas Futures

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palace-ruin

The 7th of October means the very last event of Palace Ruin! Good riddance! Together with Petra Heck of TAAK, James Beckett will reflect on the nature and intent of the project, and the elaborate architecture and music programmes. This is followed by a panel discussion led by Arjen Oosterman, based on the theme ‘Zuidas Futures’. Referring to possible outcomes of this district, this debate is to be constructed by a panel of contrasts – exploring scenarios that are advocated by differing parties.

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Artificial Intelligence in Culture

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We’re retreating! With Het Nieuwe Instituut, we’re holding a public discussion on July 2 with Merel Noorman in Arnhem as a part of SONSBEEK ’16 on the social and ethical dimension of the relations between humans and artificial intelligence. If you are in the area, please stop by an join the discussion!

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Event, Volume #48

Reflecting on Venice

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Biennale

Can design contribute to improving the living standards of populations in conflict zones? On Thursday 7 July, Het Nieuw Instituut organizes Thursday Night: Reflecting On Venice: Design Positions at the Front. During this event, a conversation with the curators of the Austrian, German and Dutch pavilions of the Venice Architecture Biennale takes place.

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Event, Volume #43

Archis Speaks Volumes #3: Self-Building Cities

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It looks like all initiatives of self-reliant citizens seem to take place at the small scale of the house, the street or the neighborhood at most. But what does it mean for the larger scale of the city, the country or even transnationally? Archis Speaks Volumes #3 invites three experts to reflect on those larger scales and what kind of governing or ‘rules of the new game’ should be in place.

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The Good Cause Goes Istanbul — Opening 6 March

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The Good Cause Istanbul

War and conflict are of all ages. To confront this reality, peace missions, rebuilding operations and international law have been developed as tools to help create stability and peace after conflict. This is very impressive indeed, but the road to sustainable peace is arduous and troublesome. Furthermore, rebuilding and urban planning strategies can rekindle old conflicts. The exhibition The Good Cause not only gives insight into the complexities of dealing with post-conflict situations. Through inspiring case studies from Afghanistan, Kosovo, South Africa, Rwanda, Israel and Palestine, it also shows what reconstruction could look like if it were designed with an eye for local structures.

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Who Rules the City? Connected Symposium: 6 November, Amsterdam

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Who rules the city? The traditional set of players who determine planning and management of cities has gone through a major shift. The financial crises since 2008 were a major trigger, but also more social and cultural incentives can be indicated as forces in play. Private partners, city urbanists, city governors, housing corporations, developers, and citizens try to redefine their roles in new constellations. Who sets the new rules and what effective regulation helps to facilitate citizens to co-create their environment?

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‘The Culture of Making’ Debate & Volume #39 Launch

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As curators of ‘Re-Creation – the Resilience of Architecture’, Juulia Kauste and Ole Bouman would like to invite you to join the debate ‘The Culture of Making’ and celebrate the launch of Volume #39 as catalogue of the past Urbanism\Architecture Bi-city Biennale Shenzhen, and featuring the contribution of Anssi Lassila at the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Giardini di Castello, Venice.

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Law & Order Mini-Conference — A Report

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Can architecture bring positive elements in peacekeeping operations? Does it have a substantial role in the transition between ‘negative’ and ‘positive’ peace? Arjen Oosterman’s opening questions set the tone to the varied contributions enriching the debate on Architecture of Peace during the Law & Order Mini-Conference, taking place at Stroom The Hague on May 20th.

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The Good Cause Side Program

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The Good Cause

As you may know our exhibition The Good Cause is currently on show at Stroom in The Hague. This spring Stroom will be hosting a side program accompanying The Good Cause, that consists of a number of tours, a congress, an Archis RSVP Event and a number of expeditions. Most of the events are free of charge.

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The Good Cause at Stroom The Hague

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The Good Cause

Missions of war and missions of peace: both can have a devastating effect on the spatial and social condition of the city. Architecture of Peace is a longterm research project by the international think tank Archis, addressing the military, political and cultural complexity of rebuilding operations. Can architecture actively contribute to a sustainable peace in this field of conflict? The exhibition The Good Cause shows inspiring and hopeful examples in post-war areas in order to distill a number of ‘key success factors’.

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Archis RSVP Event: Invisible (But Very Tangible) Borders

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Cities are filled with numerous – at first sight invisible – borders. Between rich and poor, between ethnic groups, between high and low, between dense and sprawl, in short between center and periphery. But who and what define these borders? Are they problematic? Do they tell underlying stories? Explore some borders of Shekou and Shenzhen with us and each other.

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Archis RSVP Event: Self-Building Building

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People in Europe are more and more interested in shaping their own surroundings. Self Building Building (SBB) transforms the current top- down building practice into a more flexible system with a bottom-up and adaptive approach. How to create your own affordable building as an individual or a group without it being an illegal or unsafe structure. How to negotiate with your neighbors and collaborate with the local government. An international exchange on personal ways to create space.

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Moscow Urban Forum 2013

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Volume is proud to be a partner of the Moscow Urban Forum, that will take place from 5 until 7 December, 2013. Key theme of this year’s Forum is ‘Megacities: Success Beyond the Centre’.

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New Generations: Young Architects in Times of Crisis

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The New Generations Festival, which will be held in Milan on 28, 29 and 30 November 2013 with the patronage of the Chamber of Architects of Milan, the Municipality of Milan, the Politecnico of Milan, the Embassy and General Consolate of the Netherlands and the Embassy of Spain in Italy, will be the peak of […]

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Critical Performance

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In Pursuit of Architecture

The 29th issue of the New York City-based architecture magazine Log marks the tenth anniversary of the magazine and puts a finger on the pulse of the current state of architecture theory. Edited by Cynthia Davidson, Log is one of the few American magazines dedicated to architecture theory. To mark the anniversary, Log teamed up with The Museum of Modern Art to organize the conference In Pursuit of Architecture. A call for entries was sent out around the world for architects 59-years old and younger to submit one project to be selected for publication in Issue 29 and to be presented at the MOMA conference focusing on ‘how ideas become buildings’.

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A Mies for All

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Within the framework of A Mies for All, a seminar at Het Nieuwe Instituut on 11 November will explore the new business models for architects that come from radical changes in production techniques and the role of design in our society.

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1000 Buildings from 100 Years of American Architecture History

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At the upcoming 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, the United States pavilion will set the stage for OfficeUs, a project by New York’s Storefront for Art and Architecture and PRAXIS. OfficeUs provides an intellectual sandbox to understand the past and future ways in which every architecture office, big and small, corporate and ‘avant-garde’, contributes to the global architectural unconscious of economic, social and political forms. Last week the project was announced with a big bang during a press conference in New York.

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Test Sites: Experiments in the History of Space

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While books, journals, and lectures form the core of most architectural historians’ repertoire today, Test Sites: Experiments in the History of Space gathers leading scholars and critics to investigate what lies outside these dominant modes of architectural and urban history.

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Event, Volume #35

Biodesign at the New Institute

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Remember our 35th issue, Everything Under Control? For a forthcoming exhibition at The New Institute in Rotterdam, curator William Myers has selected dozens of projects that illustrate new ways to harness living systems for art, design and production. Biodesign: On the Cross-Pollination of Nature, Science and Creativity will run from 27 September through 5 January.

Biodesign

The quest to integrate natural processes with design is as old as wood houses. However, the changing climate and rapid depletion of resources heighten its urgency, as humans face the necessity of reshaping their relationship to nature. Clever, usable new ideas present the prospect of a sustainable future and may provide ways to ease the long-running conflict between economic growth and environmental protection. Biodesign: On the Cross-Pollination of Nature, Science and Creativity will glimpse into our possible future and provide inspiration for designers, artists and scientists in the form of varied, in-depth information on new materials and potential biological applications in architecture and design.

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Total Recall: A Lecture by Dirk van den Heuvel

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Alison en Peter Smithson. Golden Lane projected on the destroyed Coventry 1952

Between modern architecture and history exists and ultimately complicated relationship that goes far beyond the superficial contradictions of past and future, tradition and modernity. On Thursday September 5, Dirk van den Heuvel will further elaborate on this in a lecture at the New Institute (former Netherlands Architecture Institute) in Rotterdam. The event is part of the Institute’s summer program The Ruin.

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Inspired by Vacancy

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During the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2010, Amsterdam-based design studio Rietveld Landscape successfully showed the world that thousands of inspiring public buildings in the Netherlands lay vacant. Many of these buildings have great potential, but focusing on re-development would be a long and difficult process. The real chances are in extreme temporary use, but the legal circumstances in the Netherlands are not fit for temporary use of buildings. After the Vacant NL exhibition, Rietveld Landscape continued their research on vacancy with a two-year long master program called Studio Vacant NL, that was organized in collaboration with the Sandberg Institute. Last month the program came to an end with a graduation exhibition in Amsterdam, which featured projects by seven master students.

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Failed Architecture #10: Beyond Failure

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Failed Architecture

During the season finale of Failed Architecture at De Verdieping in Amsterdam on Thursday 13 June a wide range of perspectives on the possible successes of failure, the resilience of architecture and the architect’s responsibility in a ravaged world will be discussed. Moreover, the role of architecture magazines will be explored. How does presenting and scrutinizing architecture influence how we think about cities?

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IABR 2014 Call for Projects

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The sixth edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam will open in the Kunsthal Rotterdam in May 2014. Dutch landscape architect Dirk Sijmons is the curator and the theme is Urban by Nature.

IABR 2014

The IABR organization has announced a Call for Projects, and invites architects, landscape architects, urban planners, cities, universities and organizations to submit best practices. The Call for Projects, the Application Form, and the Introduction to IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE– can be downloaded at iabr.nl.

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Cultures Melting into Natures: A Review of Ja Natuurlijk (Yes Naturally)

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Ja Natuurlijk

Ja Natuurlijk (Yes Naturally) is a collaborative art manifestation that is taking place at GEM, Fotomuseum and Gemeentemuseum in The Hague until August 18, 2013. Yes Naturally embraces the increasingly ambiguous space between our ideas of nature and society. The exhibit teases at this contemporary ambiguity, linking the diversity of works on display to two essential questions: What is natural? And who or what decides?

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Volume #35 Launch at Hotel Droog

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Hotel Droog

In a secret location tucked away in Belgium, the latest issue of Volume, ‘Everything Under Control’, is currently being printed. To celebrate its release we’ll be throwing a launch event. Join us at Hotel Droog in Amsterdam on April 3rd from 19:30 onwards to catch a debate with Volume contributor and Next Nature founder, Koert van Mensvoort, followed by a short announcement of the new issue by editor-in-chief, Arjen Oosterman. Copies of the issues will be on sale, and various contributors will be present.

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WeOwnTheCity

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WeOwnTheCity is an exhibition and symposium being held in Hong Kong by The Faculty of Architecture of the University of Hong Kong, in collaboration with Amsterdam-based CITIES and ARCAM. WeOwnTheCity will showcase examples of community planning from both Amsterdam and Hong Kong, investigating emergent urban development and community planning initiatives in both cities.

WeOwnTheCity

In the spirit of autonomy and self-determination, the WeOwnTheCity symposium on March 7th is open to the public: those who truly “own the city” by negotiating and interacting with it on a daily basis. The symposium anticipates positive and energetic discussions, debates and workshops that will facilitate the exchange of ideas between government officials, professionals and the general public on community planning and urbanism.

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5th Budapest Architecture Film Days

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Budapest Architecture Film Days 2013

The Budapest Architecture Film Days celebrates its 5th birthday between February 28 and March 3, 2013. The mission of the Film Days, initiated by KÉK – Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre in 2007, is to use the medium of film to highlight the most subtle processes in architecture, design and urban development.

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A City of Continuously Regenerating Cells

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The Cycle of Japan is an ongoing lecture series at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam that is exploring what the Netherlands can learn from Japanese urban practice. Edwin Gardner kicked off the series with a talk on February 14th. His lecture was a deeply poetic and psychogeographic meditation on the nature of cyclical time in Tokyo, and its effect on the city’s built environment.

Tokyo

Edwin Gardner is a theorist, architect and cofounder of Monnik, a Dutch research collective. He was in Tokyo to put together Still City, an alternative guide to the city. There, he met and did workshops with various artists, designers, and other urban explorers during a mentally stimulating and physically exhausting two-month stay.

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The Cycle of Japan Lecture Series

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The Cycle of Japan is a new lecture series at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam, that focuses on what the Netherlands can learn from Japanese urban practice. Edwin Gardner will kick off the series with a talk on 14 February.

The Cycle of Japan

In the last decades development in the Netherlands is often equated to a linear process of more buildings, more cities and more square meters per person. With the recent economic crisis, this expansion mechanism has come to an abrupt halt. Due to the economic crisis of the 90s and an aging population Japan has long been engaged in a cyclical construction where growth and shrinkage are not opposites and where progress is sought in change, metamorphosis and and small amount of available space for housing. The central question in this Capita Selecta lecture series is: what can we learn from the Japanese condition in the Netherlands?

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The Good Cause Opening in Rwanda

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From November 24th to Dec. 1st 2012, the Archis-curated exhibit The Good Cause made an appearance in Kigali, Rwanda. Initiated by Killian Doherty, the architect of the Football for Hope Centre in Kigali, The Good Cause was presented inside one of its featured case studies.

The Good Cause Opening, Rwanda

Doherty’s center is a beautiful community building for the people in the neighborhood of Kimisagara to play football, meet, learn, and relax. Doherty created a huge overhang between the brick building and the football pitch to provide shelter during the rainy season and used the container in which the pitch was transported, as a rainwater collector.

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Fit! Architecture and Health

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Fit! Architecture and Health

‘Fit! Architecture and Health’ is a series of lectures and debates asks whether architecture can continue to play a vital role in improving our health. Is architecture equipped to combat 21st-century diseases of affluence? Is architecture capable of providing environments that encourage physical activity? Can it facilitate an increasingly aging population to taken an active part in society? Could architecture even play a part in healing?

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Event, Volume #32

New Futures Adrift: Recap

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Rory Hyde at New Futures Adrift

Thanks to all who came out Friday to Mediamatic for the ‘New Futures Adrift’ combined book launch which included Volume’s 32nd issue, ‘Centers Adrift’, as well as Rory Hyde’s Future Practice, and Katja Novitskova and Rory Hyde’s New Order. Thanks also to Wouter Vanstiphout, Reinier de Graaf and Sandra Kaji-O’Grady for speaking at the event, and Rory Hyde and Arjen Oosterman for moderating.

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Win Tickets for Urbanism Week 2012!

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Urbanism Week 2012

After a successful first edition in 2011, coming September the second edition of the Urbanism Week will be held, organized by POLIS – platform for urbanism TU Delft. Last year more than 200 students and 80 professionals from different nationalities took part in the workshops, lectures and debates. This year’s theme will be “Second Hand Cities, re-thinking practice in times of standstill”. The reason for this year’s theme was to share alternative solutions to the same problems cities all over the world have been experiencing for the last years during this recession. New cities are no longer designed in Europe. Instead we have to deal with what we have and redesign them such that they can sustain after their first lifespan. Many questions come to mind, questions such as: What is the role of the citizen these days? What is the best way of engaging with citizens and getting them involved in projects? It is time to explore new ways of making city. How can virtual networks help us find these ways?

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New Futures Adrift: Launch Party

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To celebrate Volume’s most recent issue ‘Centers Adrift’, the featured insert ‘New Order’ from Katja Novitskova and Rory Hyde, as well as Rory Hyde’s new book Future Practice, Volume and Mediamatic will be throwing a very special launch party in Amsterdam. Speakers include: Reinier de Graaf, Wouter Vanstiphout, Sandra Kaji-O’Grady, Arjen Oosterman and Rory Hyde. Three publications, one event. Come one, come all.

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Storytelling Festival

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Storytelling Festival

Between 4 and 6 November, 2011, Amsterdam’s NDSM Wharf will be the stage for the Storytelling Festival. The great stories about this remarkable place and its transformation from a shipping wharf into a creative and sustainable breeding place will have a prominent place in the program of the festival. Friday 4 November we’ll dive into the past, present and future of this impressive place in North Amsterdam with a free program full of NDSM stories.

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ARCHIZINES World Tour

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ARCHIZINES

ARCHIZINES is a showcase of new fanzines, journals and magazines from around the world that provide an alternative discourse to the established architectural press. This Autumn, the Archizines World Tour exhibition will visit seven countries, featuring 60-80 inspiring architecture-related magazines from around the globe, including Volume. There will also be a special Archizines Live taking place during the Venice Architecture Biennale, hosted by Salon Suisse.

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Under Tomorrow’s Sky

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Liam Young, guest editor of Volume’s Guilty Landscapes issue, will be exhibiting a new project in Eindhoven Friday August 10th. Under Tomorrow’s Sky is an endeavour to explore a fictional future city, informed by some of the most pertinent thinkers on the city, technology, and the environment. The exhibit takes place at MU and will run until October 28th. The opening on Friday August 10th will begin at 8pm. Hope to see you there.

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Rietveld Academy Graduation Show

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The annual Graduation Show of Amsterdam’s Gerrit Rietveld Academie opens its doors today at 4 PM. Rietveld’s Graduation Show is the moment in the year when the youngest generation artists and designers presents itself to the public.

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What Design Can Do Breakout Session

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What design can do for… contact! Breakout session for What Design Can Do, Friday May 11th 2012, 13.45–15.30. Open and free for everyone.

While almost everyone is connected to one another through the internet and social media, real contact seems to be in decline. Virtual time is replacing public time. This breakout session will try to break through this development and find an answer to the question ‘What design can do for public contact’.

Detail of work by Philip Beesley at Venice Biennial

Featuring Axel Timm of the German architectural collective Raumlabor; Francisco van Jole, internationally renowned internet journalist; Younghee Jung, leader of Nokia’s corporate research team in Bangalore; and Ole Bouman, director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI).

Meet us at 13.45 sharp at Leidse Plein, Amsterdam to experience (the limits of) connectivity. This intervention is brought to you by NAI and Archis/Volume with DUS architects. Limited participation available, please RSVP at the latest by Thursday May 10th to rsvp@archis.org.

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Urbanists Talk: Jeffrey Inaba at NAi

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Jeffrey Inaba, Volume’s feature editor from C-LAB, talks about the convergence by technology, automobile, and higher learning corporations and international policy organizations on the city — and how they are making the City 2.0. The lecture is part of the program of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2012 and takes place at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi) on Thursday 3 May from 8 pm. Click here for more information!

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Crisis at the Storefront

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Volume’s presence at the Storefront For Art And Architecture in New York was well received by a good crowd attending the event. Justin Fowler, editor of the Volume in New York, gave a presentation about his opinion on Crisis, one of the themes of the day.

Fowler’s presentation tackled issues such as the aging population and war survivors, leading to what he calls a ‘Trauma Generation’. The presentation created a link between the trauma generation and urban planning. “Human development corresponds with urban development”, he stated, illustrating his presentation with various projects aiming overcome issues of the aging population.

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Volume at Storefront New York

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Volume is present at the last day of symposium on publishing practices at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City. The Storefront hosts a two-day symposium in conjunction with Archizines, an exhibition by Elias Redstone. Volume’s New York editor Justin Fowler will participate in the talk on Crisis at 4 pm, or follow the live stream here.

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Publish This: ARCHIZINES in Barcelona

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Without resorting to the tired clichés on the advancements of globalisation/consumer technology/social media/creative economies/additive manufacturing, it would be safe to say that the relationship that architectural publications have with the discipline that they cover is undergoing a transformation. ARCHIZINES showcases the globally developing alternative in architectural publishing, featuring sixty architecture publications from over twenty countries. The publications serve as new platforms for practitioners, theorists, students, and anyone with a vested interest in contemporary architecture (NB: that would include all of us) to provide commentary and criticism of the built environment.

Curated by Elias Redstone, ARCHIZINES features publications running from the low-budget fanzine aesthetic (New York’s Evil People in Modernist Homes in Popular Films) to the glossy bound almanac (Toronto’s Bracket) that showcase research (Paris’s Criticat), art (Amsterdam’s foto.zine), and narrative (Beijing’s What About It?) in contributing to the discourse of the spaces and places that we use and inhabit. Having recently visited London and Milan, ARCHIZINES will showcase the diverse and critical platforms in architecture publishing as part of its tour, currently parked in Barcelona until 4 May at Otracosas de Villar-Rosàs. ARCHIZINES world tour will continue, with upcoming visits to, amongst others, New York, Berlin, and Montréal currently scheduled.

ARCHIZINES is on now at Otrascosas de Villar-Rosàs (Via Laietana 64) in Barcelona. The exhibition runs until 4 May.

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Debate: WIJkonomie Tarwewijk at the NAi

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On Wednesday February 22nd Droog held a debate, in collaboration with Jan Konings, Kosmopolis Rotterdam, and the Netherlands Architecture Institute, which in many ways mirrored many of the themes discussed in the latest issue of Volume. The debate was held primarily to discuss WIJkonomie Tarwewijk ­– a project currently taking place in the Tarwewijk neighborhood of Rotterdam. The project explores how one can make visible and build on existing social and economic networks as a method of economic and social development. Although Tarwewijk is one of the poorest areas in the city, it has a hidden network of homeworkers, from hairdressers to car repairmen to radio broadcasters. Is there a way this network can be improved on to strengthen the economic and social vitality of the neighborhood?

The evening opened however not with a discussion about Tarwewijk, but with Levittown, one of the first tract suburban developments in North America. Charles Renfro from Diller Scofidio + Renfro presented his project Open House, made in collaboration with Droog, which looked at inventing new service economies in the suburbs. Designers were paired with homeowners to temporarily transform suburban homes into a service-sector business. One elderly couple sold their attention for a small fee – clients would choose from a list of attentive services (hugs, active listening, confessions, advice) and the transaction would take place at their kitchen table. Another couple transformed their house into a museum, creating a spectacle out of the banality of a typical suburban home. One man simply sold signs, to support the new service-sector economy that had temporarily emerged.

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