Architecture after the Internet

Architect is a verb, not a noun.
Architects used to design: buildings, interiors, plans, landscapes, objects. But that was before the internet.
As digital technologies became ever more pervasive, the verb to architect was introduced by software designers to define the structuring of information systems. Never fully accepted by architects themselves, to architect may sound odd, yet it fits the complexity of organizing  today’s life – cities and interfaces, bricks as well as software.

In this research we explore and frame the implications of architecting space and society through digital technologies. From decentralised technologies to civic platforms, Architecture After the Internet explores these shifts through a series of publications, events and projects.


Trust in the Blockchain Society (coming Summer 2020)

Trust in the Blockchain Society is an audiovisual platform for smartphone users to engage with the future scenarios of the Blockchain, where 10 ‘augmented interviews’ are intertwined to create a new form of in-depth journalism. Trust in the Blockchain Society will be launched in Summer 2020.
The hype has faded, the dust has settled: now it’s the best moment to investigate decentralized technologies critically, and display a wide range of voices involved in their implementations. The project puts under the spotlight the scene of thinkers, coders, designers, artists and data-activists inquiring the consequences of the Blockchain through their daily practice.
Trust in the Blockchain Society also includes 3 events in collaboration with Pakhuis de Zwijger, to investigate the notions of trust, values and design at the intersection with decentralized technologies. (Dates will be announced soon)

Architecture after the internet – Seminar in collaboration with The New Center for Research & Practice

How does the introduction of computation and algorithms impact the practice of architecture? The seminar focuses on how the increasing automation of the traditional responsibilities liberate architects from the past, to think more broadly about the role of architecture in approaching future built environments, infrastructure and problem solving.

Guest lecturers: Keller Easterling, Arthur Röing Baer, Benedict Singleton & Marta Ferreira de Sá, Daniel Young, Christine Bjerke, Alessandro Bava, Charles Stankievech.

Promises promises – Winter-school for Media Architecture Biennale 2020

The winter-school Promises, Promises: A tech reality-check is organized as a pre-event of the Media Architecture Biennale 2020 that will take part in Utrecht and Amsterdam in November 23–27th 2020 around the theme #Futures Implied. It is a four-day research workshop with the ambition to do a reality-check of the intersection of technology, architecture and urban planning.

A project by Archis/VOLUME & Stephan Petermann/MANN in collaboration with Media Architecture Biennale, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences; Master Digital Design Sandberg Instituut, Akademie van Bouwkunst, Design Centre Amsterdam, and Amsterdam Creative Industries Network.

Volume issues

Volume 51: Augmented technology

As recent technological advancement became more and more pervasive and sophisticated, its consequences became more dramatically evident. In this context, design takes on a new relevance, in organizing and managing spaces, individuals, relations and ultimately societies. But if this is clear, several questions have to be answered: Who is driving it, who are the participants, who are sitting around the table? Does spatial design currently have a say in this, and if not, how can it participate and intervene?
Contributors: Benjamin Bratton, Charles Landry, Keiichi Matsuda, Florence Okoye and more.

Volume 52: The end of informality

Informality can be interpreted as a positive quality hinting at individual freedom or even be romanticized as bottom up and empowering force. But informality as safety valve for a system that is not able to adjust to changing conditions smoothly and quickly enough is another matter. The mass migration of people to cities cannot be met by regular housing schemes, so people have to provide their own. The sea of unemployed provides a labor reserve that comes in handy when the economy is growing and that can easily be ditched once the economy slows down again. In global capitalist market economy, informality is not an errant, a flaw in the system that’ll soon be taken care of; it is part of the system’s ‘design’.
Contributors: Keller Easterling, Max Hampshire, Merve Bedir, Jacqueline Hassink, Guus Beumer and more.

Volume 53: Civic Space

“There’s no such thing as society, only men and women”, declared British prime minister Margaret Thatcher at the height of her neoliberal reign in 1987. If public space is in retreat, under pressure from decades of neoliberal policies, how is shared space evolving? Civic space becomes activated according to time, in a synaptic negotiation between a variety of actors: humans, administrative, technological.
Contributors: Ben Cerveny, Andres Jaque, Indy Johar, Mitra Azar and more.

This project is initiated by Leonardo Dellanoce and Francesco Degl’Innocenti

Submarine Channel
Pakhuis de Zwijger
The New Center for Research & Practice
Media Architecture Biennale

Supported by
Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie NL
Stimuleringsfonds voor de Journalistiek
AFK – Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences; Master Digital Design
Sandberg Instituut
Akademie van Bouwkunst
Design Centre Amsterdam
Amsterdam Creative Industries Network