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On the premise that our working environment is changing, and that innovations in technology, such as rapidly advancing digitalization and developments in robotics and artificial intelligence are exerting enormous influence over our everyday working lives, the exhibition How Will We Work? addresses, in both analytical and speculative ways, future forms and functions of human work. How Will We Work? will be on view between June 21 and September 27 2017 at the University of Applied Arts Vienna Angewandte Innovation Laboratory.

Het Nieuwe Instituut’s contribution focuses on the case of the new container terminal in the port of Rotterdam, where self-driving vehicles, automated cranes and diverse interfaces maximize the handling of containers with unprecedented performance and productivity. This smooth, self-managed logistical infrastructure has spatial implications beyond the confines of the port. In the context of automation's disruption of not only labour markets but the configuration, design and occupation of entire territories, Automated Landscapes seeks to document and reflect upon the emerging architectures and urbanisms of fully-automated labour. The port of Rotterdam is, in this context, a testing ground for unprecedented urban assemblages of humans and machines.

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.