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urban transformation as event

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Pilot 'Simultaneity in cities'
chain reaction

An interchangeable and unrecognisable built environment. Showing places/projects that don’t reveal where they are: a lack of context/cultural identity.

Our position in different cities within Europe (Zürich, Rotterdam, Barcelona, Belgrade and London) allowed us to establish contradictions and parallels between similar situations of transformation within these cities that we ourselves are familiar with. We started observing and analyzing these situations, which became the start of an extensive dialogue about the simultaneity of us being in different places and recognizing very similar situations of urban transformation in different locations with different site-specific parameters.

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Round I 'The image of promises'
collective research

Within the built environment, the temporary state of literally being ‘under construction’ reveals values that are often hidden once a project is finished.
That is, the site exposes the intentions that motivated the transformation, its impact on its surroundings, a new materiality and above all, the image of what is to become.
The focus of this round is to collect the wide range of large-scale publication methods on site, that help public envisage of ongoing and future developments.

Can we understand/imagine the impact on the context* of these planned transformations, by a (re-)interpretation of the used simulation methods? (*context; an immediate, physical site; values, meanings and local prescriptions)



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Round II 'Intention - Result'
tête-a-tête

How do we understand/imagine the impact on the context* of these planned transformations? (*context; an immediate, physical site; values, meanings and local prescriptions)

What happens when the intention gets in touch with the real context? Can this encounter (or clash) re-define the intention?

Reversing intention and result: How far can we apply the on-site used simulation methods as tool for designing our future city?

III

Workshop I 'Critical objects'
installations on site 1:1

The city as a model