‘technologie gaat ons (niet) redden”

Mede in het kader van het Stadsmakerscongres organiseerde AIR op 22 april 2021 een ‘expert-sessie’. rond technologie en architectuur; in mijn recente boek een belangrijk thema. Drie presentaties/lezingen van mij (Martin Pot), Johan Hanegraaf (ARKIO) en Wessel van Beerendonk (Studio RAP) dienden als inleiding tot een boeiend debat, gemodereerd door Leon van Geest. Thijs van Tetering maakte een verslag: met dank voor de fraaie illustraties….




now online; my interview last week with RIVER Publishers’ Philippa Jefferies about my recently published book, also available via open-access at RIVER Publ. A brief talk about home, housing, technology and dwelling; to end with an actual part about the consequences for our housing caused by the current corona pandemic. It illustrates once more that the way we built our housing needs much more flexibility and adaptability.

Home in a Hybrid World, a book published

After some delay at the publisher mainly caused by corona my book is finally ready and accessible for download; many sincere thanks to all artists (Antony Gormley, Carlijn Kingma, Marwan Rechmaoui and Rob Voerman), reviewers Marja Elsinga, Frans Vogelaar & Elizabeth Sikiaridi, Gerald Santucci, Ruud Hazes and Tijmen Wisman and various column-writers who contributed to this final result. I look forward to the discussions and further developments, aiming at a structural change when it comes to (re)thinking and building our housing in a networked environment. This website will, in the coming months, also be devoted to the further discussions following  reading by as many researchers, artists and the professionals possible.

see: RIVER Publishers


book – publication

The Dutch organization for Interior Architects BNI has acknowledged the importance of the theme of the coming book and  announced it on their website, together with some additional information. In the coming days we discuss the option of a presentation and/or interview; preferably preceding a discusion since the topic is of much relevance for every interior-architects, in particular those involved in housing.

AIOTI, the Association of Internet of Things Innovation has also added a link on their October-Newsletter to the publishers website; here again the topic is important given its link with the internet of things and parallel technologies within the built environment.

Home in a Hybrid World

For some two years now I have worked on a book about the triple theme of housing, technology and architecture; in particular focusing on the – sometimes complicated – issues caused by the fact that times are changing and our built environment, where it concerns housing, does not adapt. Housing is considered a traditional safe-haven, a protected private space in which we feel unseen. I believe this is no longer a realistic situation; we live – in Floridi’s words – in an infosphere, it is becoming complicated to withdraw from being connected, being part of an increasingly hybrid world. This book is written to discuss the problematic situation in which (Dutch) housing is for some 50 years.

The book will be published as an open-access book at RIVER Publishers early October 2020; for now the most interesting ‘Foreword‘ by Kas Oosterhuis is already accessible. I already would like to thank all  who have contributed and/or participated in this book; I owe them for their comments and critical reviews. Also; many thanks to `Antony Gormley for his willingness to make one of his fine images available for the cover. Furthermore: thanks to Carlijn Kingma, Marwan Rechmaoui and Rob Voerman for their fine images elsewhere in the book.

home and/or hyperconnectivity

new article written for hyperthinkers website, a fine and welcome new initiative by philosopher Nicole Dewandre and artist Frederik de Wilde: ‘an open platform for critical reflection, dialogue and exchange that seeks to explore the ways in which the digital and physical worlds have merged to create an entangled hybrid and complex reality that encompasses us globally.’

Wonen in een infosphere

artikel geschreven voor BNI’s themanummer 2017-4 over technologische innovatie; lees pagina 14-17.


“Soon, your house could betray you”
Rem Koolhaas, Artforum, April 2015


“It is only human choice that makes the human world function. Technology can motivate human choice,
but not replace it”.
Jaron Lanier, ‘You are not a gadget’


domus en/of technica ?
Domotica (ook wel huisautomatisering of smart homes[1] genoemd) is het toepassen van elektronica en huisnetwerken ten behoeve van de automatisering van processen in en om de woning. Het woord “domotica” is een samentrekking van domus (huis in het Latijn) en het achtervoegsel -tica dat lijkt te duiden op ‘toegepaste wetenschap’.
Een definitie van domotica is: De integratie van technologie en diensten, ten behoeve van een betere kwaliteit van wonen en leven.[2] Bij domotica draait het dus niet alleen om integratie van techniek en bediening in de woning, maar ook om de dienstverlening van buitenaf naar de woning.
bron: Wikipedia.

Als er iets is dat de mens gemeen heeft de medemens is het dat allen ‘wonen’. Vanzelfsprekend verschillen vorm en kwaliteit, maar op enigerlei wijze hebben wij allen min of meer een dak boven ons hoofd. Tezelfdertijd is de mens een technisch wezen; in toenemende mate echter zorgt de combinatie voor frictie, met name daar waar menselijke waarden – b.v. de wens/noodzaak tot privacy – in het geding zijn.
Onze gebouwde omgeving vormt tevens de fysieke (wettelijke) basis voor het verschil tussen private en publieke ruimte; we hebben als individu het eerste nodig om te kunnen ‘acteren’ in het tweede. Zolang deze scheiding bestaat en de private ruimte een fysieke vertaling – de woning – nodig heeft zal deze geleefde ruimte ontwerp en technologie kennen.
Daarnaast; als wij woningen bouwen doen we dat voor ca. 100-120 jaar, de gemiddelde duur van bewoning in ons land is 7-10 jaar. Geen weldenkend mens zal kunnen voorspellen hoe de wereld eruit ziet over 25 jaar, laat staan over 100 jaar. Het is dus tamelijk pretentieus bij ontwerp te bepalen hoe komende generaties hun wonen moeten vormgeven zolang wij geen totale flexibiliteit inbouwen en daarmee wenselijke en/of noodzakelijke aanpassingen faciliteren.

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(sm)art city

After a delay of some time the long awaited, monumental monograph of Cedric Price (1952-2003) was published recently by AA/CCA; 2 volumes in a box document extensively the impressive works and thoughts of one of the most influential British architects whose line of thinking still is more actual then ever. Like the projects of his Dutch contemporary Constant, who worked for almost 20 years on his New Babylon-project, the works of Price – in particular Fun Palace – show another approach towards (re)thinking and designing the built environment. In the words of Guardian-journalist Jeremy Melvin after Price’s death in 2003: “The architecture was indeterminate, flexible and driven by what technology then existed – and some that Price anticipated – for exchanging ideas and goods, and the movement of people from place to place.” Above all, Price offers “a focus to the optimism of the time, when it seemed possible to remake society around the potential for delight and opportunity.” Lees verder