Dialogue 03 Prototypes or utilitarian monuments

This dialogue focuses on on-site publication methods that are used to test an architectural solution and its potential impact on-site. These are simulated realities that offer a wide spectrum of readings and become, most of the times, the only information or suggestion for us (inhabitants) to imagine the future dimensions of our cities. How much do we need, to imagine something? These so-called simulations are temporary infrastructures that become an important part of our urban environment. They are placed on site in the pre-final stage of design, the moment of construction, where the intentions represented get in contact with the real context for the first time. This leads to our main question: Could we also use such simulation methods as a tool for designing our future city?


by rr

Imagine the volume

An aluminum structure is used to outline the (edges of) the volumetric appearance of future urban developments, simulating them on site on a scale 1:1. Almost an invisible indication within the present context, that requires ‘action’ or active attention of the passers-by to imagine the volumetric (and architectural/detailed) infill within this framework and its potential […]

by rr


Four brick samples by the dutch manufacturer Vandersanden are displayed in front of an old transformer station in Berlin-Neukölln (built by Hans-Heinrich Müller during the 1920th) in order to simulate the possible facade of a huge brick building which will be realized by Robertneun architects in the heart of Berlin’s biggest urban transformation area of […]

by Piet Nieder

A thousand tries

When confronted with the topic of “representation of intentions”, we were interested in the process of the translation of an abstract thought into a drawing, in the dialogue established between mind and representation. When an architect draws and redraws slight variations of an idea over and over, often on the same piece of paper, layers of […]

by Bonell+Dòriga