Summer School public lecture: DESIGN AND DEMOCRACY


Parallel to the Summer School programme, a public lecture series is organised that offers a platform for the local and global community to discuss current issues regarding the planning and creating of cities. Scientists, artists, designers and planners are invited to share their views on the different themes that the summer school engages with. The lectures are organised on various locations in the city and are open to all.

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20:00 – 22:00

Marek Wieczorek (Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History University of Washington, Seattle)
“The global in the local”

Some economists predict that by the second half of this century capitalism will have been supplanted by the ‘Collaborative Commons’, an emerging new economic system that combines a Communications, Energy and Logistics Internet with a culture of sharing, open-source innovation, transparency, and the search for community. How do we picture a new world order with resources allocated on laterally scaled, distributed models, with open-source, web-based, collaborative ‘maker’ cultures, with ‘smart’ objects embedded within an ‘Internet of Things’, with 3D printing and digital fabrication for everyone? And what happens to design and art when these, too, become increasingly integrated into the Commons on a global scale?

Jacob van Rijs (Founder MVRDV, Visiting Professor at the Technical Universities of Delft and Munich)
“Architectural democracy” – How to involve the general public in architectural design?

In his lecture, Jacob van Rijs will discuss the impact of public space and its design on democracy, and the idea of the ‘commons’ and its relevance to today’s society.

Date: 6th July
Arcam, Prins Hendrikkade 600
Admission: free

From 3 to 16 July the Foundation Thinking City organises a unique interdisciplinary Summer School on city planning and city making. Two weeks of exploring, discussing and developing the future of the city, together with scientists, planners and designers from all around the world. This year, Arcam is one of the partners of this programme.

Summer School 2015: Beyond Resilience is organised by Foundation Thinking City (VMX Architects en Zef Hemel) in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam and AMS (Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions). Partners: ARCAM, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Academie van Bouwkunst en StadsSalon. The programme is supported by Amsterdam in Business, Gira.


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