Design and Politics. The Next Phase
with ANCB Research Partner Henk Ovink, The Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
2011 - 2013
Design and Politics. The Next Phase was a collaboration between ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory and Henk Ovink, Director for Spatial Planning, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment of the Netherlands. Running from January 2011 to January 2013, Design and Politics took the form of nine very well-received public debates and a design studio with the TU Delft.
The subjects of Design and Politics: The Next Phase were twofold: the future city, and a re-thought and re-energised relationship between political spatial planning and the design disciplines of architecture and urban design. The key argument was that a political agenda in design has the potential to address the complex challenges facing cities in a more effective manner than is currently being achieved. More than 80 participants – mainly from The Netherlands and Germany and in the fields of urban design, architecture, urban planning and politics - raised significant insights, ideas and positions about the intentions and scope of the processes, professions and politics of making the urban environment.
A number of ideas developed in the course of the first eight debates were investigated in a follow-up project entitled 'Resilience and Democracy: Urban Regions Under Stress' comprising a design studio with the TU Delft and a public debate. These ideas, set out below, demonstrate clear potential to influence a shift in planning and urban paradigms, not only in The Netherlands and Germany, but throughout Europe and internationally.
THE SERIESD&P 9. Resilient and Democratic Futures: The Power of Design
- Resilience, as an ideology and approach, can generate the measures, benchmarks and stress tests for projecting the sustainable city into the future.
- The wellbeing of future urban communities and societies must be grounded in a fairer reconfiguration of public realm.
- City and cityness occur at the scale of the region. Urban does not just refer to the traditional compact city.
- The German concept ‘Baukultur’ - a political discourse on ‘building’ the physical environment – can play a lead role in making a new paradigm for the human relationship with the built environment.
, Public DebateVideo recording
18 January 2013D&P 9. Resilience and Democracy: Urban Regions Under Stress
. Design Studio with The Why Factory and Design as Politics, TU DelftVideo recording
9 - 18 November 2012D&P 8. Making Design and Politics. The Concluding Debate in RotterdamVideo recordingDebate summary
25 April 2012D&P 7. Re-City, the 'Total Makeover' - Agents of Urban ActionVideo recording
17 February 2012D&P 6. Moving Cities, Meaning and Mobility - MobilityVideo recording
20 January 2012D&P 5. 75-90-3: Who is Our City? - MigrationVideo recording
25 November 2011D&P 4. Learning to Provoke - Agendas in Design EducationVideo recording
21 October 2011D&P 3. Climate-changing our Cities: Cool, or Wet and Warm? - Climate ChangeVideo recording
9 September 2011D&P 2. On the Surface of Architecture? - Technologies & MaterialsVideo recording
28 July 2011D&P 1. Cradle to Cradle (C2C) - Creative and Effective Urban PracticeVideo recording
27 January 2011