RESPONSIVE CITY. Combining Local Knowledge with Digital Systems


Municipal decision-making and user experiences of cities are steadily relying more and more on digital computing of geodata; information linked to latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates. The advancement in digital technology that makes capturing and real-
time analysis of this and other ‘big data’ possible is also enabling the production of entirely new types of basic and so-called ‘smart’ or responsive materials. Both promise revolutionary and innovative impacts on the functioning and on the form of cities, often in the name of greater resilience or sustainability.

So far, in practice, efforts have mostly produced apps and systems for monitoring, measuring and analysing quantifiable data. Comparatively little has been achieved to harness the more qualitative, analog information that is so fundamental to cities, and equally critical in achieving resilience and sustainability.

With this context, this theme looks to advanced technology as an infrastructure for modifying living habits and norms to reduce environmental impact, but without necessarily a reduction in living standards. It seeks the inclusion of the ‘analog’ information underpinning behavioural habits and interactions with place, without which no efforts can be truly intelligent, and it turns to the design process for uniquely adept methods to synthesising diverse information types. Taking advanced materials and digital technologies as a starting point, can new living and working typologies be conceived that consume less resources than the prevailing building forms and typologies? What role do new manufacturing methods offer in this regard? Can theoretically useful software such as BIM and CityEngine become less counter-intuitive to the design process?


Public Debate. OSLO: Small City, Big Ideas. Green Leadership and People-Centered Development
4 June 2019

Aedes Exhibition Talk. Precision, Prototyping & Prefabrication. Don’t Tell Me It Can’t Be Done
15 March 2019

Aedes Exhibition Talk. Shape of the Future — Urbanism and Architecture in the Age of Industry 4.0 o
Video recording
29 June 2018

Aedes Exhbition Talk. Der Holzmodulbau - Ein Modell für den Hochbau der Zukunft
17 Mai 2018

Collaborative Project. Craftsmanship in the Digital Age. Architecture, Values and Digital Fabrication with ANCB Partners The Netherlands Embassy in Berlin, NOWlab and Forschungsinitiative Zukunft Bau (BBSR)

Colloquium. New Functions of the Surface. Pushing the Urban Envelope
Video recording
9 September 2017

Dialogue. Space On Demand

8 September 2017

Book Presentation. Infrastructure Space
20 January 2017

Book Presentation. WOHA: Garden City Mega City Rethinking Cities for the Age of Global Warming
Video recording
17 November 2016

Book Presentation. Recording a Sensibility of Place. Ways of Seeing and Understanding by Alison and Peter Smithson
3 November 2016

Public Debate. To BIM or not to BIM
Video recording
2 September 2016

Book Presentation. From a Vertical Forest to a Forest City. Stefano Boeri in conversation with Almut Grüntuch-Ernst
16 March 2016

Public Debate. ReTooling the Trades #3 Extending Smartness - The Next Generation
Video recording
15 October 2014

Public Debate. ReTooling the Trades #2 City - Climate - Architecture. Climate and Adaptation
Video recording
1 July 2014

Lecture. Yves Bréchet. Materials and process selection: a compass in a jungle
13 May 2014

Public Debate. ReTooling the Trades #1 Region as City: The Spatial Interdependencies Beyond the City
12 May 2014

Collaborative Project. Lighting the Global Workspace with ANCB Partner Zumbtobel
Video recording
2014 - 2015

Public Debate. Materialien für smartes Licht
29 October 2013

Public Debate. Transmaterial Aesthetics: Experiments with Timber in Architecture and Technology
1 - 2 October 2013

Public Debate. Design Process - Negotiation Between Form and Function
Video recording
30 August 2013

Symposium. SMART CITY: THE NEXT GENERATION, Focus Southeast Asia
Video recording
8 - 9 June 2013

Lectures. Energy Materials in Design and Architecture
13 March 2013

Collaborative Project. The City Lights Project with ANCB Partner Zumbtobel
2012 - 2013

Book Presentation. InForming a Smarter Urban - Helsinki
Video recording
1 October 2012

Public Debate. From Research to Design - Mobility
13 September 2012

Aedes Exhibition Talk. Machen! 3. Alte Materialien neu verbaut: Wie man alte Bautraditionen modernisieren kann
Video recording
17 August 2012

Collaborative Project. TouchHouse. Smart Living - Communicating Surfaces with ANCB Partner Busch Jaeger
3 - 6 February 2011


Theme Booklet


Dunya Bouchi


ANCB Partners 2019

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