From now on… according to Charlie Koolhaas

‘… all predications are obsolete.’ About diversity in a globalised world.

Charlie Koolhaas © Aad Hoogendoorn

The world is turned upside down, with empty streets for the past couple of months. Behind this seeming tranquility, there has been a storm raging through our values and structures. It gave us the space to think about a complete ‘reset’. How can we restructure existing dysfunctional systems?

In this series, Pakhuis de Zwijger together with partners will showcase the perspectives of a variety of thought leaders who will reflect on our present-day situation. Through the lens of their own area of expertise and with an emphasis on the power of design and imagination. The corona crisis is, without a doubt, a crisis that is leaving behind a trail of victims. But which transformations will we be left within the aftermath? During these times, it is the creatives, philosophers, scientists, makers, and designers who can visualise new scenarios, and through hypothesising can develop new insights into our future.

Charlie Koolhaas en Alfredo Brillembourg

About Charlie Koolhaas
Charlie Koolhaas is a sociologist, artist, photographer, teacher, and writer. After growing up in London, she graduated with a BA in Sociology from New York University and started a career contributing to newspapers and magazines with writing and photography. In 2004 she received her MA in Interactive Media from Goldsmith University. Through her work, Charlie aims to shed new light on the processes of globalisation and multiculturalism.

In February 2020, Charlie published her latest book CITY LUST, just before the current interlocking avalanche of crises’ – corona, economic warfare, police brutality – for all of which it provides a context. Oscillating between written story and photographic image, it is a record of the globalisation of our cultures and economies over the last two decades – as it impacts the daily lives of five linked global cities on different continents (London, Guangzhou, Lagos, Dubai, Houston). CITY LUST portrays a global landscape that contradicts the current pessimism – to reveal new creativities, unexpected possibilities, and intimate connections that emerge despite huge global and economic divides.

About Alfredo Brillembourg
Alfredo Brillemboug is architect and Founding partner of Urban-Think Tank (U-TT). Urban-Think Tank is an an interdisciplinary design practice founded in 1998 by Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner, which delivers innovative yet practical solutions through the combined skills of architects, civil engineers, environmental planners, landscape architects, and communication specialists. It emerged from the turbulent political environment of Chávez-era Caracas, and has pursued projects in Latin America, Europe, and Africa for almost twenty years. Their diverse work positioned the firm at the forefront of a social turn in architecture in the late 1990s, with concrete urban interventions encouraging social cohesion in the megacities of the Global South and Europe’s evolving metropoles.

U-TT has also produced numerous media projects that harness film, theater, exhibitions, and print to create new discursive spaces and question how our cities are shaped, and for whom. Most notable is its work on the squatted skyscraper, Torre David, which became the improvised home for a community of over 1,000 families living in an extra-legal and tenuous occupation that many called a vertical slum.