Lectures





Foresight in Hindsight - A History of Predictions
Reinier de Graaf

Reinier de Graaf presents Foresight in Hindsight: a history of predictions, describing how the patterns of past predictions could inform us about the future. The work was initially developed in the context of a studio directed by Reinier de Graaf and Laura Baird at the Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design in 2013.

 

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To see the database of predictions (or even upload your own!) please visit www.foresightinhindsight.com

TED x Hamburg, Germany, 4 June 2013



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Public Works - Architecture by Civil Servants
Reinier de Graaf

On the occasion of the second opening of Public Works, Reinier de Graaf lectures on the phenomenon of Civil Servant Architects in the 1960s and 1970s in Western Europe.  The Exhibition first appeared in Venice at the 13th Architecture Biennale, and in Spring of 2013 was re-sited to ST AGNES in Berlin, a former Church which features as one of the buildings in the exhibition itself. Watch the full lecture here.


The Netherlands Embassy, Berlin , 7 March 2013
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Megalopoli(tic)s
Reinier de Graaf

OMA-partner Reinier de Graaf gave a lecture at the Berlage Institute on Megalopoli(tic)s.

De Graaf started by arguing that thinking big is compulsory when thinking about 'the green cause'. One needs to think in a global context, like Buckminster Fuller did with his Spaceship Earth (1968) and Doxiades' global Ecumenopolis city (1967). By showing different mappings of urban growth, De Graaf showed that the Ecumenoplis is, in fact, not that far way. These developments take place, not in the old Western metropolitan areas, but in the megacities of the South and(Far-)East.


Netherlands, Rotterdam , 19 April 2012
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Sustainability & Energy grids on a global scale
Reinier de Graaf

Global exchange of energy, waste, materials and the production of renewables. Solar collectors in the desert and offshore wind farms to generate the global energy demand in a sustainable way. OMA's Reinier de Graaf shows how our world can be made sustainable.


NAi, Rotterdam , 9 February 2012
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On London
Reinier de Graaf
Director of AMO and partner in charge of several projects in London (as well as Russia and Europe), Reinier de Graaf talks with architectural writer and Deputy Chair of the Design Council, Paul Finch, about the extreme difficulties of building in the capital.

Barbican Centre, London , 8 December 2011
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Hyper-Density
Reinier de Graaf

OMA partner de Graaf speaks at the Urban Age Hong Kong Conference on the rapid growth of cities in the developing world and the shift of power in urbanization from the public to the private sector. De Graaf asks if we are now in need of a new form of planning: megalopolitics.


Urban Age, Hong Kong , 16 November 2011
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Paradigm Shift
Reinier de Graaf
On the growth of cities and our attempts to rank them; at this year's PICNIC conference, Reinier de Graaf discusses the "livability" rankings of global cities, and the blatant shortcomings and blindspots in the criteria used to construct these increasingly popular indices. In a world no longer defined by a dominant West, livability rankings represent the frustrations of aging nations, a final futile attempt to assert superiority over urban conditions they no longer understand or control. Citing a booming Lagos, a decaying Detroit, and the increasingly heterogenous cities of Essen and Birmingham, de Graaf discusses the 21st century evolution of the city, and the new modes of planning and analysis that are needed.

 


Amsterdam , 23 September 2010
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Creative London
Reinier de Graaf
Presentation at BBC White City on the Vision for Creative London from a Masterplanner's perspective

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TEDx presentation Roadmap 2050
Reinier de Graaf
Roadmap 2050 presentation at TEDx Rotterdam

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Roadmap 2050: A Practical Guide to a Prosperous, Low-Carbon Europe
Reinier de Graaf
AMO's conceptualization and visualization of Roadmap 2050: A Practical Guide to a Prosperous, Low-Carbon Europe.
Brussels , 13 April 2010
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Simplicity™
Reinier de Graaf
Manifesto for Simplicity™
Serpentine Gallery Manifesto Marathon , 19 October 2008
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On Hold
Reinier de Graaf
On Hold, at the British School at Rome
Rome , 4 May 2011
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