For the masters program Architecture and Urban Design I compiled a guest lecture series about new, mostly digital technologies and how to deal with them as Architects and Urban Planners.
I was very happy to welcome all the speakers I had hoped for.
- Lara Schrijver, PhD, architectural historian at the University of Antwerp
- Wietse Hage, Philosopher and host of the podcast De Appels en Perenshow
- Marthijn Pool, partner of the avant-garde architecture firm Space and Matter
- Michiel de Lange, PhD, founder of The Mobile City and assistent professor New Media Studies Utrecht
- Jan Misker, program manager of V2 Lab for unstable media
Each of the speakers was selected to bring their own vision and experience into the topic, and every presentation ended in a lively discussion between students and lecturer. Jan Misker even live-demoed some new Artificial Intelligence tools used for people recognition and to generate content.
Below an excerpt from my introductory lecture. The lecture was not about how or why to create a Facebook or Instagram company page, nor was it about doom scenarios where the robots take over. It was about understanding the mechanisms behind certain developments and what to look for when new technology arrives. This was done by talking about a selection of “theories” on the digital domain:
- Long Tail (2004, Chris Anderson)
- Filter Bubble (2011, Eli Parisar)
- Open Source
- Aggregation Theory (2015 Ben Thompson)