• 12/05/12 aAnews , exhibition # , , ,

    Come to Berlin – PLEASE DO DISTURB

    We can´t believe it. It´s only one week left until we open the FutureCityLab exhibition in Berlin. Join us for the opening on the 22nd of May at 18:00 at the AEDES Gallery in Berlin.

    From 23rd of May until the 5th of July we will have round table discussions every Wednesday and a workshop every week-end. If you are interested in joining either one of them please let us know: YES (at) anOtherArchitect . com

    A detailed schedule will be published soon …

    Here is a link to the gallery website:

    http://www.aedes-arc.de/sixcms/detail.php?template=det_aedes_ausstellung_artikel_2007&id=6038493&aktuell=1&menu_id=1

    Come to Berlin – PLEASE DO DISTURB
  • 27/04/12 aAnews , exhibition # , , , , , ,

    FutureCityLab – PLEASE DO DISTURB!

    YES! It´s true FutureCityLab will host a big exhibition in Berlin during the BMW Guggenheim Lab at the AEDES gallery. More info to come soon but you should save the dates already. From 22nd May until 5th July we will have exciting events every Wednesday and every week-end in our own LAB at the Pfefferberg. COME AND DISTURB US – JOIN THE CONVERSATION.

    Here is the official press release:

    We are now in a period of unprecedented ecologic, climatic and energetic change on a global scale. We will have to address a number of urgent and intransigent issues like food and water shortage but also sustainable mobility and the necessary proliferation of energy sources.

    Future Cities will have to respond to these changes and utilize the inherent opportunities to emerge as vibrant, energy-efficient and sustainable cities. Radically changing migration patterns, rapidly expanding urban populations and the need todrastically reduce CO2 emissions in the building stock to 10% by 2050 (EU-carbon Roadmap 2050), makes cities the focal point in the search for solutions.

     But what might these solutions be?

    Can we imagine, now, what those cities might look like?

     In order to answer these questions, institutions, educators and leading professionalsworldwide have collaborated to launch the open-source initiative Future City Lab. The Lab initiated by Thomas Auer (Transsolar) and Daniel Dendra (anOtherArchitect) in 2010, is a distributed non-hierarchical mechanism for the envisioning of sustainable futures.

    Organized as a complex multi-layered peer to peer network, FutureCityLab seeks to mobilize the efforts of students of architecture and urban design around the world, combined with the expertise of associated experts.  Through networking and social media technologies we are developing a global, grassroots discourse on what we need to do as a species to address our cities’ most pressing issues.  In creating an opensourced database of research and ideas, FutureCityLab looks to build, in a manner akin to crowdsourcing, viable and achievable visions for our urban future(s).

    Cities in progress: Please do not disturb is an exhibition in two distinct parts. First, the discussion and visualization work that FutureCityLab has undertaken over the last year is compiled and presented through the medium of DIALOGUES.  

    The second part of the exhibition, DIALOGUE 2.0, is projective and inclusive, using the event of the exhibition as an opportunity to move the discussion forward and to increase the scale and scope of the FCL network. The goal of DIALOGUE 2.0 is not only to engage FutureCityLab participants but also the larger public, using the gallery as a context for the construction of future scenarios.  These will emerge from a series of workshops and structured discussions, and will be conducted by FutureCityLab experts. 

    FutureCityLab – PLEASE DO DISTURB!
  • 24/01/12 aAnews , education , interview # , , ,

    FutureCityLab explained in a film

    The FutureCityLab trailer is finally online. It´s a collage of interviews of many of the network members explaining their ideas behind the project: swarm intelligence 😉

    As you can see in the movie the weather in Berlin was not ideal this winter for filming. At the day of the shooting it was 5degrees, rainy and very windy. I guess you can see it in my eyes ..

    In case you are not familiar with the FutureCityLab project you can read a short description below.


    We wish for you to join the open-source platform Future City Lab and collectively THINK THE UNTHINKABLE. Participate, share knowledge, establish synergies and create a sustainable roadmap to give rise to the future city 2.0 by 2050.

    Climate Change, rapidly growing megacities and the need for new energy sources are challenges we can leverage to develop cities that are vibrant, energy-efficient and sustainable. In the spirit of TED, ftr.ct.lb is a platform for open discussion; using the power of collective ideas to shape a future vision of the city 2.0.

    Future City Lab is an open-source initiative created by a worldwide collaboration of leading engineers, universities and scientists using crowd sourcing in order to launch a sustainable future by 2050.

    Cities all over the world are facing the biggest challenge in history to immediately and drastically reduce CO2 emissions to combat climate change. Cities need to respond to increasing temperatures, frequency of storms and limited resources. The trend of people moving from rural to urban areas makes cities the focal point in the search for solutions.

    City 2.0 adapts to the climate, is built sustainably realizing a CO2 neutral building stock, and is liveable for 2 billion new inhabitants. Increased density is addressed through the optimized use of façades as vertical parks or for energy generation.

    This requires a massive change within a short time. To meet these challenges leading engineers, universities and scientists worldwide collaborate to initiate the Future City Lab. By sharing their knowledge and leading discussions about possible solutions, a comprehensive roadmap takes shape. This roadmap will function as a springboard for planners to find solutions and establish the planning directives needed today.

    Future City Lab is aiming to revolutionise the design of our future living and city environment. Visions, research results and specialized knowledge are made public for students and experts. By using a web-based platform everyone in the world can participate to investigate, design and illustrate visions in selected cities solving their specific problems. The visions are created for a real site in a city; first the current conditions are shown and then transformed to a sustainable concept of the site. Users may comment and contribute to the visions as a starting point for professional discourse within a mosaic of ideas accessible to everyone.

    Urban planning is the design of the unfinished; it is a process that is driven by change. Focusing on collective participation all authors and web users may participate in the development of City 2.0. Take part in shaping the future – join ftr.ct.lb

    Universities already in the ftr.ct.lb network: Alghero Italy, ESA Paris, ETH Zürich, UPenn, TU Delft, Syracuse NY, Ryerson Toronto, IUAV Venezia, ANCB Berlin.

    FutureCityLab explained in a film
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