A day-long program invites architects, artists, data center industry experts, critics and political scientists to address the architecture of data centers — a new spatial typology for human and machine cohabitation, and testing ground for post-human institutions.
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 will address the different forms of physical, legal and software architecture. Speakers will look 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 will serve 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 is organised in collaboration with OMA and Royal College of Art (London).
This event is fully booked. The entire program will be recorded on video and will be made available here, soon.
- Kamil Dalkir (RCA)
- Stijn Grove (Dutch Data Center Association)
- Femke Herregraven
- Mike Klerks & Niels Hensen (ITB2)
- Mark Minkjan (Failed Architecture)
- Mirva Salminen (Arctic Center; University of Lapland)
- Oliver Smith (Demystification Committee)
- Marina Otero Verzier (Het Nieuwe Instituut)
- Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli (OMA; Partner)
- Joost Vos (Benthem Crouwel Architects)
- Alessandra Ponte (Université de Montreal)
This event is 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.
By Anastasia Kubrak (Het Nieuwe Instituut)
10:40 Session 1 Data Centers, Automation & Digital Economy
With Stijn Grove (Dutch Data Center Assosiation), Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli (OMA) and Aleksandar Joksimovic (OMA), in conversation with Marina Otero Verzier (Het Nieuwe Instituut) and Kamil Dalkir (RCA)
12:30 Lunch break
Het Nieuwe Café is open for lunch
13:30 Session 2 Infrastructure & Geographies of Avoidance
With Femke Herregraven, Oliver Smith (Demystification Committee) and Mirva Salminen (University of Lapland) and Alessandra Ponte (University of Montreal)
16:00 Session 3 Architecture of Data Centers
With Joost Vos (Benthem Crouwel), Mike Klerks & Niels Hensen (ITB2), Mark Minkjan (Failed Architecture), in conversation with Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli (OMA) and Marina Otero Verzier (Het Nieuwe Instituut)
Het Nieuwe Instituut
3015 CB Rotterdam