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7 July > Reporting from Venice

07 may 2016

15.00 - 18.00 hrs (doors open at 14.45 hrs) Hip Hop Huis, Delftsestraat 19A, Rotterdam (5 min. walk from Central Station)

The Creative Industries Fund NL invites you to attend 'Reporting from Venice - Exchanging experiences from the front' on Thursday 7 July. How can a practice be developed at the front, based on a personal, societal or humanitarian agenda? During this afternoon we will explore the different realities in which engaged architecture is operating now and in the near future. We reflect on this year's theme of the architecture biennale in Venice. With a keynote by architect Kunlé Adeyemi on the rapid African urbanisation in relation to the water issue and two parallel sessions focussing on working at the front and the role of artistic and speculative design driven research. You are cordially invited to take part in this afternoon. We kindly request you to registrate in advance.

Keynote by Kunlé Adeyemi on the rapid African urbanisation in relation to the water issue and the Makoko Floating School, followed by a Q&A. Kunlé is founder of NLÉ and winner of this year's Silver Lion for the NLÉ Waterfront exhibition at the biennale. Joost Emmerik shares his reflections on the biennale in a spoken column. Emmerik is currently researching the concept of representation of landscapes in gardens and public space. The impact of this international design movement on society is part of his research. The afternoon will be led by Afaina de Jong (Afarai).

Parallel sessions
In addition to the keynote and spoken column, two parallel sessions take place in which we exchange experiences on applied design when working at the front and on the impact of artistic and speculative design research. Please choose which of the following to attend:

Session I – Working at the front
Designers are increasingly operating in areas of conflict or under extreme conditions to address the urgent issues that face our cities. Applying different approaches, whether unsolicited, in an urban lab or at a distance, architects seek out new fields to make a difference and to foster positive change. How far does the designer's responsibility and influence reach in these matters?

Jan Willem Petersen (Specialists Operations) in conversation with:
• Martin Sobota (Cityförster) - Build Back Better in Khuza'a, Palestine
• Marieke Kums (MAKS) - Resilience to climate change in Tacloban City, Philippines
• Nick Axel (Forensic Architecture) - Tracing wrongdoings back through architectural design logic (central pavilion)

Session II – Designing a Nation State
Contributions at the Venice Biennale show various reinterpretations of utopia. How can artistic-driven and speculative design research contribute to building a new political, economic and social unity?

Lada Hršak (Buro LADA) in conversation with:
• Behemoth Press and Matteo Mannini - Cereberus, the three-headed Monster (Kuwaiti pavilion)
• Ali Karimi and Hamed Bukhamseen - Between East & West: a Gulf (Kuwaiti pavilion)
• Stephan Petermann – AMO

Date, location, registration and choice of session:
7 July 2016, 15.00-18.00hrs.
Hip Hop Huis, Delftsestraat 19A, Rotterdam
Please let us know whether you'll be joining us and then which parallel session you would like to attend by sending an email to Zineb Seghrouchni, z.seghrouchni@stimuleringsfonds.nl, with 'Reporting from Venice' in the subject line. If you have any questions about the programme, don't hesitate to contact Zineb Seghrouchni, grant officer Architecture, +31 (0)10 4361600.

Also on 7 july: Debate Reflecting on Venice – Design Positions at the Front at HNI
In the evening, Het Nieuwe Instituut will host a conversation between the curators of the Dutch, Austrian and German pavilions and UNHCR: Thursday Night: Reflecting on Venice - Design Positions at the Front. Prior to the evening programme you can reserve for dinner at Het Nieuwe Instituut. For more information check www.hetnieuweinstituut.nl.