AFARAI is an Amsterdam based architectural agency that specializes in spatial design and strategy lead by architect Afaina de Jong. The studio’s aim is to cross the boundaries of the traditional architecture practice by dealing with the existing city with an intersectional and interdisciplinary approach, integrating theory and research with design.
Afaina has worked for renowned international firms before establishing her own firm in 2005. With her creative studio AFARAI she works on the boundary of architecture and art. Her work is deeply connected to represent people and cultural movements that are not traditionally represented in architectural form. By using form languages, colors, patterns and narratives that are other, she works towards a more inclusive experience of space. Afaina is a contemporary thinker, keeping a pulse on the now while at the same time projecting a unique vision of the future. For Afaina it is important that architecture is not only perceived, but also experienced and interacted with. Her discourse is international and intersectional, connecting popular culture with architecture.
Afaina has been an active educator for years amongst others at the Faculty of Architecture at TU Delft, The Sandberg Institute, and ARTEZ and has been a visiting lecturer at Columbia University GSAPP in New York, The Royal college of Art in London, KTH in Stockhom and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. She is a member of various advisory bodies and is currently working on her PhD dissertation.
Floor van Ditzhuyzen is an architect and urban designer at the Ontwerpwerkplaats, an interdisciplinary spatial designstudio based in Rotterdam. The studio operates on the treshold of interior design, small-scale architecture and public space. Leading in the work of the Ontwerpwerkplaats is the human scale, in both interior and exterior design.
Besides her practice as an architect Floor is engaged in teaching and research with public space as central focus; especially how spatial interventions can transform the character of public spaces and and the way they are experienced. This interest culminated in design research into waiting as a public activity (with Bas Sala & Sander van der Ham) and how friction can be used as a design strategy for public space.
Within the team of the We Love Public Space Festival she is responsible for research and content development.
Martine Verwaaijen is passionate about how urban design impacts our lives. While studying at King’s College London, Martine discovered her passion for urban design and how it’s linked to people’s behaviour. For her thesis she conducted qualitative research on how urban design influenced physical activity behaviour. During this research, the work of Jan Gehl became an inspiration. She’s looking into continuing her thesis research in Rotterdam.
Martine is currently working as a Quality Assurance Officer at Willem de Kooning Academy. Prior to that she organised festivals and events in the Rotterdam arts & culture sector.
Sander works as an urban psychologist in the field of urban development, among others for Stipo and Stichting Thuismakers Collectief. As an urban psychologist he does research on the relation between human behaviour and the build urban environment. Recurring themes in his work are the transition between private and public space (the stoop), feeling at home (why do people feel at home?), communities and social networks. He works mainly for housing corporations, municipalities and developers to create places where people feel pleasant, experience a sense of ownership and maybe even feel at home.
Ik ben stadsmaker in meest brede zin van het woord.
Ik houd van mooie gebouwen, mooie plekken maar ik houd vooral van de wijze waarop mensen hun stad maken.
Wat doen ze; wat beweegt hen; hoe grijpen ze in om hun omgeving echt hún omgeving te maken.
Mijn ambitie in mijn werk is om die menselijke maat te brengen in al die grote lijnen, grote projecten en groot geld.
Met humor, slimheid, kennis van zaken. En door zo veel mogelijk te luisteren.
Marieke Hillen initiates, coordinates and writes within the field of urban development. She tries to develop a form of slow criticism that keeps up pace with the slow urbanism of the projects she initiates. Hillen initiates projects that include locals, and works mainly in mixed neighbourhoods like Rotterdam-West. Singeldingen is a recurrent festival in the summer months. Encounters, music, experiments, poetry, educational projects, tea, coffee, cooks all play a role in an accessible event. Recently, she and others started the Wijkpaleis – a place to have it made. It is an emerging initiative that breathes new live into the makers culture that is existent in Rotterdam-West. It motivates people to broaden their horizon by making and considers the neighbourhood as a social library in which you can consult and utilize the capabilities and knowledge of neighbours.
Marieke Hillen is a wild thinker who not only builds theories but also realizes them. She starts unorthodox forms of cooperation and exchange. Her bottom-up initiatives create new views on society.
Vera van de Nieuwenhof studied architectural history at the University of Amsterdam. She produced the lectures and debates of Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Moneylab symposium for Institute of Network Cultures until she decided to cycle to Japan. Nowadays she is based in Kunming (China) where she develops cultural initiatives for gokunming.com.
In het Bouwbesluit voor de Smart City dat de Future City Foundation schrijft gaan we uit van het door het Rathenau Instituut opgestelde rapport ‘Opwaarderen, Borgen van publieke waarden in de digitale samenleving’, waarin zeven publieke waarden worden genoemd die worden vertaald naar de stedelijke context: veilige technologie, privacy, inzicht in techniek, autonomie, rechtvaardigheid, machtsevenwicht en menselijk waardigheid. Per publieke waarde onderzoeken we welke wetgeving al bestaat en welke bestuurlijke afwegingsruimte er mogelijk is voor het zowel het fysiek, sociaal als economisch domein. Voor een aantal van de onderwerpen die het Rathenau beschrijft, bestaat al regelgeving. Waar dat niet zo is, moeten we de uitgangspunten voor regelgeving formuleren. Vervolgens zoeken we naar de bestuurlijke afwegingsruimte voor gemeenten. De vraag is daarbij waar de grenzen liggen. Wat is veel en wat is weinig? En hoe meet je dat? Waar druk je het in uit? Daarover organiseren we het debat. Tegelijkertijd onderzoeken we hoe het Bouwbesluit onderdeel kan worden opgenomen in de Omgevingswet. Mag bijvoorbeeld privacy worden vergeleken met milieuwaarden als fijnstof of met externe veiligheid? Daarover gaan we in gesprek met de deelnemers tijdens deze sessie.
Benefits & Horrors of Blockchain for the DIY society
Is Blockchain the ultimate governing tool for neighborhood cooperatives? Or for local governments that seek new ways to increase service for their citizens in a ever more complex society? Or is it the devil in disguise and do we diminish the legislative securities that national contract law or municipal law provides? To name just one possible downside… A workshop, or better a joint discussion, on how blockchain functions, how different coops and municipalities use blockchain and what we can do with it. A joint search into the value and tricks of blockchain in our urban work. With Martijn de Waal (faculty Digital Media & Creative Industries, HvA), Minouche Besters (STIPO) and Inte Gloerich (Institute of Network Cultures).
Who picks up the bill (for implementing your innovation)?
This session by Noorderwind is an interactive and high-energy gathering of experienced professionals with the drive to get a better grip on the question: ‘who picks up the bill?’ For who? Those of you that have already developed a product or service which you think could fullfill the needs of more then 1 customer and those of you merely interested in getting to learn more about how to investigate potential revenue models for a new product are welcome! What are we going to do? Work in small groups, with a practical business mapping tool from Noorderwind, to help you map potential business models for your own ideas and eventually work towards designing a blueprint for a potential ‘go to market’ strategy. How? With these sessions we aim to shake you up and enrich you with new insights, but most of all: we will hope to give you input which you can use to turn your idea into a real businesscase that makes impact on a larger scale.