Media Architecture Biennale Review

The first Media Architecture Biennale took place October 7th-9th in Vienna. It brought together an exhibition, a conference and a series of workshops, with over 200 international participants from the fields of architecture, informatics, design, lighting, and others. The theme of the Biennale 2010 was „Urban Media Territories; the re-stratification of urban public spaces through digital media.”


Students build up installations at our Biennale

Students for the Hogeschool van Amsterdam brought a facade mock up of the Galleria Seoul Shopping Center with them to build it up for the Media Architecture Biennale. In addition they also found space in their cars for the brand new Luma Space, a product which was developed by Rogier van der Heide, the chief design officer of Philips with the students.

They showed a lot of patience with mounting all the glass disks on the Galleria mock up and a lot of team spirit while working out how to hang the Luma Space panels in the exhibition hall. The students were superviced in this process by Dick Vonk, their professor.

A Big Thank You! to them!


Digital Architecture, London

To celebrate London as a centre of design and innovation, the ‘Digital Architecture London’ Conference will take place at the Building Centre on 21st September 2009. Presenting a selection of London’s leading architects, artists, designers and engineers, the conference will examine how London is shaping the digital future of the built environment. Introducing the latest developments in digital design practice, the conference will explore new spaces, social interactions, design and fabrication processes, and speculate on architecture’s post-digital futures. DAL09 is directed by Ruairi Glynn with the support of London Digital Week, The Building Centre, Arup & The Bartlett School of Architecture.,


On Friday the 4th and Saturday the 5th of September 2009, the CASZUIDAS Urban Screen Festival is taking place in Amsterdam. The CASZUIDAS Urban Screen Festival is a new international festival specially aimed at artworks for urban screens. The focal point of the festival is the contemporary art screen CASZ, which has graced the Zuidas, Amsterdam’s new office and residential district, since October 2007. With its mix of 80% art and 20% art-related programming and advertising, CASZ is unique in the world. The screen runs from six o’clock in the morning until twelve o’clock at night; the art it shows is part of daily life in the public space of the Zuidplein in Zuidas, Amsterdam.


Projektionen zum 10. Mai, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek

Vierunddreißig Aktionen von Hans Nevídal
vom 10. Mai 2000 bis zum 10. Mai 2033 (jeweils 22:00 Uhr) an den Fassaden der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek

Am 10. 5. 2000, etwa zum Zeitpunkt des Autodafés vom 10. 5. 1933, begann der Wiener Künstler Hans Nevídal mit Projektionen von Brandschutzfilmen an die Außen wand der Deutsche Nationalbibliothek in Frankfurt. 2001 wurde diese Aktion an der Deutschen Bücherei Leipzig weitergeführt. 2002 fand sowohl in Frankfurt wie in Leipzig eine Aktion statt, wobei in Leipzig alte 35mm-Brandschutzfilme aus den DDR-Beständen der Feuerwehr Leipzig gezeigt wurden. Seither wird alternierend oder an beiden Orten gleichzeitig projiziert. Dieses Jahr zeigt Nevídal in Leipzig den Film » THE ART OF FIGHTING WILDFIRES / techniques, awareness, training«.


BEYOND MEDIA festival, Florence

The next edition of the BEYOND MEDIA festival -which will take place at the Stazione Leopolda in Florence, Italy, July 9-17, 2009- will once again offer the opportunity to enhance the architectural discourse by means of a wider awareness of the role of the media of communication in the professional, academic and public field.

The ninth edition of the Florence festival is titled “VISIONS”.

It seems as if contemporary architecture lost, in the last years, its ability to pursue broad visions, to collect with a wide outlook the complex transformations of the built environment, to lead its thoughts and conscience beyond that which is usual, empirical, and visible. The massive production and consumption of architectural images resulted in a greater vicinity, on the part of the general public, to design issues. But, at the same time, they produced an alteration in the way people conceive architecture, and affected the ability and the opportunity to generate visions, and hence theories, which are deeply rooted in our times but, at the same time, are receptive towards new possible scenarios.

With “VISIONS”, the BEYOND MEDIA festival suggests to carefully think over topics of figuration and representation, and will put forward more effective visions which might be useful in tracing the outlines of our possible future.