Architectuur & Technologie sessie AIR

Op donderdag 22 april 2021 vond een (besloten/online) expert-sessie plaats, georganiseerd door AIR – aansluitend op het Stadsmakers Congres – rond het thema ‘Architectuur en Technologie’; met korte presentaties/lezingen van Martin Pot (martin pot interiors), Wessel van Beerendonk (Studio RAP) , Johan Hanegraaf (Arkio) ; gevolgd door discussies met overige participanten en gemodereerd door Leon van Geest. Deze sessie zal op een later moment door AIR online worden gezet.

Architectuur en Technologie

Butohouse

The French filmakers Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine , famous for their documentary film ‘Houselife’ of Rem Koolhaas’ Bordeaux House in which housekeeper Guadalupe Acedo verbally guides a tour around the house, have produced a new, rather intimate portrait of Keisuke Oka, a butoh dancer. A Japanese man building his ‘house’, folly, shell in an adapted area of Tokyo; a ‘small universe built and thought in a rare freedom’, built over a period of 15 years.

 

shelter, or dwelling?

In the Netherlands some 40.000 (registered) people are homeless; in all of Europe it is some 4 million. A recent initiative in the city of Ulm, Germany shows a ‘sleeping pod’ as a solution for shelter, complete with solar panels, electricity and a connection to a network. In the technical sense this is nothing new; see the wide variety of innovative projects devoted to elementary shelters over the decades. Of course: the need for protective measures in winter is urgent, the question that remains is whether this is a structural or temporal solution. After all, the ‘inhabitant’ still is excluded from society; while a more permanent place to dwell (as is a legal right) is far more necessary. Ultimately the focus should be on a real integrated ‘place’ within larger scales, i.e. as part of an environment that includes space for shelter, be it temporary or more permanent. So; reserve a certain amount of space within each housing project to function as ‘free space’ when needed, as part of the community.

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/homeless-sleeping-pods-germany-ulm-b1791217.html

interview

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.

het Nieuwe Wonen

Illustratieve en informatieve online AIR-sessie rond ‘het Nieuwe Wonen’ , met presentaties/lezingen van eerst Robert Winkel (MEI Arch.) aangevuld door Atto Harstra, Piet Vollaard, Annuska Pronkhorst en Wenda Doff. Nadruk; circulair, duurzaam, gezond en flexibel bouwen; voorbeeld m.n. het komende SAWA-woongebouw in Rotterdam dat vrijwel volledig met hout wordt gebouwd.