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Data centers are a fundamental component of today’s political, cultural and socio-economic landscapes. A new form of architecture for data and machines – one almost liberated from human intervention and entirely shaped by technological rationales – data centers are the testing ground of alternative models for post-human institutions. From the new spatial and material conditions that data centers bring together, to the network infrastructures that enable them, to the residual cohabitation of humans and non-humans, these apparently anonymous architectures are mobilised as emerging urban prototypes.

Across Scales & Geographies

The day long program of presentations and discussions addressed the different forms of physical, legal and software architecture. Speakers looked into the socio-economic and environmental implications of the rapidly expanding industry, the political climates that shape it; the physical infrastructures of fiber optic cables and forms of sovereignty they install or erase. The relationship between human-exclusionary ‘white spaces’ inside data centers, and grey areas in the law, allowing for tax evasion and geographies of avoidance to proliferate. From cybersecurity to physical fortification of buildings, from the Dutch countryside to the Arctic Circle, the notion of the data center served to stimulate a broader discussion on the role of architect in designing for new typology, and emerging spatial models for human and non-human cohabitation.

The event was organised in collaboration with OMA and Royal College of Art (London).

The entire programme was recorded on video.

Speakers

Automated Landscapes 

This event was a part of Automated Landscapes, a long-term collaborative research initiative on the implications of automation for the built environment, launched in 2017 by Het Nieuwe Instituut, directed by its Research Department, and presented in the exhibition WORK, BODY, LEISURE in the Dutch pavilion at at the Biennale Architettura 2018. The project addresses the contemporary emergence of distinct types of spatial configurations and conditions engendered and afforded by automation. The initiative is also part of OMA’s current research and development on data centers and the countryside.

date
24/10/2018
time
10:30 – 18:00
language
English
 
location

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam

 
Marina Otero Verzier & Marten Kuijpers
Víctor Muñoz Sanz (TU Delft); Marina Otero Verzier, Marten Kuijpers, Grace Abou Jaoudeh (Het Nieuwe Instituut)
Marina Otero Verzier, Marten Kuijpers, Ameneh Solati, Anastasia Kubrak & Klaas Kuitenbrouwer (Het Nieuwe Instituut); Merve Bedir, Jason Hilgefort, Junwen Wang & Lucy Xia (Future+ Aformal Academy), Víctor Muñoz Sanz
Víctor Muñoz Sanz & Grace Abou Jaoudeh (TU Delft); Marina Otero Verzier, Marten Kuijpers, Ludo Groen, Emma Paola Flores Herrera & Chris Zogopoulos (Het Nieuwe Instituut)
Marina Otero Verzier, Marten Kuijpers, Anastasia Kubrak & Ludo Groen (Het Nieuwe Instituut); Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Laurence Bolhaar, Aleksandar Joksimovic & Anton Anikeev (OMA); Kamil Dalkir & students (RCA)
Lichun Tseng
Design Trust Hong Kong, Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Guangzhou and Hong Kong

Automated Landscapes is a long-term collaborative research initiative on the implications of automation for the built environment, launched in 2017 by Het Nieuwe Instituut, and directed by its Research department.