PULS 2010 – City Research Program lectures and workshops

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Workshops & Lectures

(description and background below)




Monday to Friday:

workshop Beauty of Decay


Monday 25 oktober:

11.00 hours lecture Mario van Horrik – SOUND (45 min)

12.00 hours lecture Remco Roes – Postcards from a journey (own work)

Evening lectures 20.00 – 22.00 hours:

Jozua Zaagman (designer/artist)

Uri Ben-Ari – Reusing the City

Denis Dujardin  (urban architect)


Tuesday 26 oktober:

10.00- 15.00 hours workshop Maki Ueda – Aromascape of Eindhoven

19:30 – 23.30 hours – lecture by iLo Light Design Institute – experience of light


Wednesday 27 oktober:

Evening lectures 20.00 – 22.00 hours:

Urban change and making sense of Industrial heritage – Dimitra Babalis

Form and process. Investigations on the design of the city – N. Privileggio, M.A. Secchi


Thursday 28 oktober:

14.00-16.00 hours workshop Bridget Nicholls – The Wild Side of City Life

Evening lectures 20.00 – 22.30 hours:

Bridget Nicholls – Synesthetic City – Do other animals hold the key to how to live in future cities?

Michiel de Lange – The hybrid city: when physical and digital life meet


Friday 29 oktober:

Opening celebration of the exhibit of the workshop Beauty in Decay

Sunday 31 oktober:

14.00-16.00 hours  workshop Sander Veenhof  Layar & Augemented Reality

Description and backgrounds

Workshop: Beauty of Decay (7 dagen)

the Department of Architecture in the Technical University of Eindhoven had organised “Beauty of Decay”, a seven-day workshop engaging a total of 40 students. During DDW they did some researching and  presented their results. Visitors were able to follow the entire process throughout the week.

Dis-repaired buildings are often neglected and omitted because they are by far too ordinary everyday life elements.  Actually, they challenge our idea of ugliness and dislike; they inspire attention and fascination to people, they record memories and recall memories, be them real or imagined. And this decay that we experience as beauty because of the passing nature of the abandoned place, becomes more precious when we realize that those buildings will be swept away. Will we ever see them again?

Such premises will inspire the international workshop ‘Beauty of Decay’ promoted by the TU/e-University of Technology in Eindhoven. From Monday 25th to Friday 29th of October, students and professors from several foreigner universities and from The Netherlands will work on revealing the “Beauty of Decay” along the Eindhoven’s canal, a former industrial area in the east part of the city.

The workshop aims at the development of ideas and design proposals that make us reflect on the value of abandoned sites and disclose how meaningful and alive they are.

Students  worked in the La Citta Mobile, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in groups of 6. Guests could come to follow the process of their work and to give advice on the designs. The location is also open to everyone, as it is important the interaction with the general public to create awareness and stimulate curiosity regarding the topic.

During the week there were also  some lectures (also open to the general public) to further address and illustrate the topic of the workshop.

On Friday 29th, at 7 p.m., will be the opening of the exhibition where the week’s activities will be shown to the public. A party will follow afterwards.

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Workshop: Maki Ueda – Aromascape of Eindhoven

What do you smell if you walk around the City of Eindhoven? In this project we were  going to explore Eindhoven on the level of smell. What is it that we are smelling, what does it make you imagine, what does it make you feel? This course dealed with these questions through a combination of lectures, hands-on workshops with fieldworks, and a final presentation. The workshops  first focused on fieldwork and on observing the environment with the olfactory sense. You will smell a lot and learn how to communicate about smell with others, using a basic vocabulary for analyzing and expressing the character of a smell. We map the smell and texts and create [AROMASCAPE OF EINDHOVEN] Secondly we extract smells from these smelly materials: cheese burgers, old books, rubber tyres, flowers, soup, etc.

Workshop: Bridget Nicholls – The Wild Side of City Life

… if cities could speak whilst we sleep. We can use the sounds of other animals to build a different kind of city….. and discover how to re-read the data of the city. A practical workshop to reinterpret what the natural world knows about the urban environment.

Workshop: Sander Veenhof  – Layar & Augmented Reality


– Introduction &  AR expamples

– Technical explanation

– augmented reality items create

– Results  are put in the public space so we can look at them


Lecture: Mario van Horrik – SOUND

The artists Petra Dubach and Mario van Horrik have carried out four audio-recordings in Eindhoven; in the City Park, the Central Station, Catharina Square and Vestdijk. The recordings are played continuously, affecting four shakers via hi-fi amplifiers. Their frequencies cannot be heard and are perceived only as vibrations. The shakers are mounted on zinc sheets hung in the main hall of La Cittá Mobile, a moving testament to the four recordings, a kinetic translation of four audio environments.

City Waves is the first publicly shown result of the artists’ research project WAVES.

Lecture: Remco Roes – Postcards from a journey

Picture postcards show you the buildings you absolutely had to see while visiting a city. The Sagrada Familia, Tower Bridge or Saint Peter’s square; a multitude of cards dictating the tourist’s route in the city, from one attraction to another. The way a tourist traverses the city is defined by commercial tourism, marketing and city branding. Postcards from a Journey is a series of five cards with detailed photos of different cities. These portray a lively, ever-changing organism that is influenced by the adaptations of countless individuals, and the futile attempt of placing it on a card.

Lecture: Jozua Zaagman (designer/artist)

“My work deals with our understanding of public space. I will try to expose the relation between economic structures and the informal use of space, the unorganized, individual infill of (urban) spaces. I will do this by means of maps, photos, videos, audio recordings, drawings, texts, installations, spatial interventions, concepts and designs. Besides researching and registering, my work strives to show the given public space at its realest. Not by identifying, but by observing without judgment. I have been mapping out public space in different scales in Barcelona, Belvedere (Maastricht), Bucharest, Calaf, Eindhoven, Euregio Maas-Rhein, Liege,  Manresa,  Montréal, Napoli, Transvaal (Den Haag) and Tirana, individually or in larger groups.”

Lecture: Uri Ben-Ari – Reusing the City

Our design schools teach us to innovate, to initiate, to cast away our inhibitions and
above all, to be original. And yet here we are discussing reuse. The way reuse is presented and implemented in the Netherlands is open to debate. And whether reuse will become a dominant value for planners, architects, designers and users is still questionable. In fact, for a growing list of reasons why we should be encouraging reuse lies a mountain of complexities making it a challenge, even a burden to all parties involved.No patch of land is “new”, no creative process is entirely original. So what’s new about reuse? What defines and what confines it? How can we bridge the gaps between reuse as a vision for the future and as a factor in the present? Is adaptive reuse only one trend among others?An overview of this extra-curricular subject turned relevant.

Lecture: Denis Dujardin – The landscape is a battleground of requirements

The landscape is a battleground of requirements, each projecting its own intentions or wishes. Tourist. Economist. Ecologist. Egotist. The landscape architect is a plastic moderator. He submits his moderation en scène, effectually becoming a theatre director. He produces illusions, reflects a whirlwind of desires, forming peaceful compromises, promising to fulfill all wishes. But they cannot be fulfilled without being able to fit in. The landscape architect merely extends wishes, maintaining an illusory balance which cannot disguise the fundamental character of that which lies beneath, or underneath. The seductive system known as NATURE.

Lecture: Urban change and making sense of Industrial heritage – Dimitra Babalis

Dimitra Babalis is Senior Lecturer in Town Planning and Urban Design at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Florence, and an Architect-Engineer. She is member of the Scientific Committee of the post-graduate Master in Preservation and Evaluation of the Industrial Heritage in University of Padova and IUAV, University of Venice.

As a Researcher at the Department of Civil Engineering, she has been involved in various research activities on sustainable planning, theoretical and applicational basis of ecological design principles to urban form, urban regeneration and redevelopment of derelict industrial areas. She is currently Director of the “International Centre for Urban Design of Florence-CISDU”, in Faculty of Architecture of Florence.

Lecture: Form and process. Investigations on the design of the city – N. Privileggio, M.A. Secchi

Nicolò Privileggio, Ph.D Architect is currently Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at the Politecnico di Milano, Facoltà di Architettura Civile. He is editor of La città come testo critico (The City as critical text), Franco Angeli, Milano 2008 and, as co-author, of X Milano, Hoepli, Milano 2004.

Marialessandra Secchi, Ph.D Architect is currently Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Design at the Politecnico di Milano, Facoltà di Architettura Civile. She is co-author of X Milano, Hoepli, Milano 2004

Their work  (www.privileggio-secchi.com) is mainly concerned with the project of contemporary city.

The investigation on the form of the city and an understanding of architecture as a tool to critically address the relations between society and physical space characterize the office design research The point of view is that architectural practice should turn its attention from the design of autonomous objects to an expanded operating field, working on relations among multiple levels of spatial organization, concurrently dealing with diverse dimensional scales, contrasting the traditional scaling down approach.

This has been the main interest of a continuous design research, began in  the 1994, and particularly tied to the following topics:

  1. the design investigation on the spatial structure of contemporary city based on the preponderant role of the open space and its morphological characters.
  2. the design of the residential habitat as an opportunity to investigate and express the collective dimension of the city.
  3. the design of large scale scenarios as a challenge to enunciate a spatial concept that orients the construction process of the city in time.

Lecture: Bridget Nicholls – Synesthetic City – Do other animals hold the key to how to live in future cities?

When we think of The Natural World we see it as separate to our own urban existence. But actually the natural world lives alongside us in our cities very successfully, in some ways more successfully. Other species that have been around for millions of years longer than us use other ways to navigate their way around the cityscape. Other ways, which give them a distinct advantage in these heavily visually, data oriented times.

So what can we learn from them?

Bats use sonar to see and mark iconic structures; these become ephemeral sonic markers around the city to guide them. By creating sound architecture they avoid the visual overload us humans absorb everyday.

The English are obsessed with helping other species with their historic migratory paths, paths that have been forged by generations of predecessors. For example, the £160 000 bridge over a motorway designed and built especially for water voles to continue their pilgrimage to the other side or the underpass for toads. However, we are far less inclined to put our heads together to create culture paths through the city for cultural ways of being, passed down from our own ancestors.

But looking to other city animals and how their past informs their present and future, surely this is of the utmost importance. The data we learnt from our past is why we are here today. The museum of yesterday has built our genetic blue print for today… So we should learn from how other animals see and use data collected about our urban city. We should see a new way to reconnect with our past and learn for our future.

Lecture: Michiel de Lange – The hybrid city: when physical and digital life meet

What happens to urban culture when digital media technologies take up an increasingly important position in city life? Urban life has alternatively been described in spatial terms as a large and dense concentration of functions; in social terms as a segmented and heterogeneous society of strangers; and in mental terms as leading to a typical urban mentality and playroom for identity exploration and expression. The rise of various digital media technologies turn the city into a hybrid city, in which physical and digitally mediated ways of life intersect. This has profound consequences for a range of formerly separate urban domains: living, working, leisure, travel, and meeting. What noticeably shifts are occurring? How can urban designers adapt to these changing circumstances?