September 4, 2008 - Experimenta - SPACE and PLACE – Design for the Urban Landscape
September 4, 2008

SPACE and PLACE – Design for the Urban Landscape

Design for the Urban Landscape
Opening week
18 – 21 September
18 September – 2 November

Staalstraat 7 A/B
1011 JJ Amsterdam
The Netherlands
amsterdam [​at​]

For over a month and a half, ExperimentaDesign Amsterdam 2008 promises to set the city’s pulse racing with a dynamic and multidisciplinary programme that combines exhibitions, urban interventions, lectures and debates around the theme of ‘Space and Place – Design for the Urban Landscape’. The Opening Week, from 18 to 21 September, is the place to be for everyone interested in innovative urban design culture.

SPACE and PLACE – Design for the Urban Landscape

ExperimentaDesign Amsterdam 2008 highlights urban culture as the playground for the global citizen. The world’s cities are not only home to over half of the world’s population, they are also a metaphor for today’s cultures and a testing ground for new forms of conviviality and interaction. Throughout its programme, the Biennale turns the spotlight on innovative urban design as a process of social interaction, exchanges and experiment.

Amsterdam Conferences – 11:00, Paradiso
Seasoned protagonists from the international fields of design, architecture and cutting-edge creativity share their insights with the Biennale’s audience.
18 Sep: Cyril Duval (FR), Anthony Dunne (GB)
19 Sep: Ron Arad (IL), Ian Anderson (GB),
20 Sep: Graffiti Research Lab (US), Mark Jenkins (US)
21 Sep: Rem Koolhaas (NL), Álvaro Siza Vieira (PT)

Open Talks
In an informal setup, international experts and leading practitioners join the audience to discuss issues arising from the Biennale’s core exhibitions.

18 Sep, 15:00, Cristofori
Talk Host: Zoë Ryan (GB)
Guests: Fritz Haeg (US), Kevin Slavin (US) Matali Crasset (FR), Nils Norman (GB)

19 Sep, 15:00, Bethaniënklooster
Talk Host: Alison Clarke (GB)
Guests: Amélie Labarthe (FR), Fiona Parrott (GB), Özlem Savas (TR), Pascal Anson (GB),

20 Sep, 17:30, Shell Tower Auditorium
Talk Host: Farid Tabarki (NL)
Guests: Gunjan Gupta (IN), Jan Konings (NL), Rebar (US), Till Bay (Windowzoo) (CH)

Sunday Adventure Club
Exhibition_ Groenburgwal 44
6 Playscapes_6 locations in Amsterdam’s inner city

The project exhibits and creates space for small adventures, initiative and experiments. The exhibition looks into the potential of urban and online interventions by clubs and communities while the 6 playscapes invite playful, unexpected interaction.

Come to My Place
Exhibition_ Westerhuis Gallery

A laboratory experiment reflecting on how we make a space our own through design. Eight designers and design teams from different countries confront and combine global design culture with the vernacular of local production.

Droog Event 2 : Urban Play
The Exhibition_Onder de Brug
The Amsterdam Route_IJ Riverfront

This international project surveys the recent surge of creative urban intervention as a window into a new form of creativity and urbanism in the city.

The Exhibition
Featuring 18 of the world’s most talented urban interventionists, the exhibition showcases works that represent the intersection of the latest genre of street art and the beginnings of open source urban design.

The Amsterdam Route
Some of the most innovative designers and architects from around the world create 13 new interventions, tools, toys and objects temporarily placed along central IJ-riverfront, encouraging interaction and physical engagement by the public.

Lounging Space
Meeting Spot, Info Centre, Press&Conference Room, Lounge Bar, Events’ Programme.

Parallel Events
Echoing the theme and disciplines of ExperimentaDesign Amsterdam 2008, independent designers, creative practitioners and cultural agents present their projects and exhibitions during the Biennale.
Parallel Events this year:

Toekenning 040: Christoph Seyferth “Thuis” – Fonds BKVB
Red Light Design- Droog, the City of Amsterdam and Ymere
I Have Something to Hide – Sandberg Instituut Design

ExperimentaDesign is the international Biennale of design, architecture and contemporary culture. It is is an open platform, in a state of permanent transformation and growth, dynamic and flexible, receptive to new inputs and challenges. After 4 editions in Lisbon, from 2008 on the Biennale takes place in two European capitals, Lisbon and Amsterdam, with different programmes in alternating years.

Strategic Partners:

Lisbon City Hall, Ministry of Economy and Innovation, Portuguese Tourism, Portuguese Ministry of Culture. Amsterdam City Hall, Ministry of Economic Affairs / Pieken in de Delta.

Cultural Partners: Premsela foundation for design, Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdams Fund for the Arts, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds / Associated Brands: Droog Design, Westerhuis Gallery, JcDecaux, Ymere / Media Partners: Frame, Mark, Damn, Icon, Items, 2G, Zoot, Het Parool / Specific Support: Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy, Flevodruk, Agency for International Business and Cooperation (EVD).

Droog Design is ExperimentaDesign Amsterdam 2008 local partner.
Experimentadesign Amsterdam 2008 will take place during the “4 weeks of FreeDesigndom” in Amsterdam.

Official Sponsor:
EDP – Energias de Portugal / Associated Brands: Cision, Grupo Altis / Cooperation Protocol: Ordem dos Arquitectos / Promotion Partners: FAD – Foment de les Arts i del Disseny / Specific Support: LXFactory /Media Friends: Arquitectura&Vida, 2G, Zoot, Time Out / Support: Soft Textil, Arquitectura Ibérica, Ton+ Bild, ATL, ThyssenKrupp.

With the high patronage of the President of the Republic Aníbal Cavaco Silva.
Statute of Superior cultural interest, within the patronage of the arts law.

Experimentadesign is a cultural design biennale and a trademark of the Portuguese association Experimenta.

ExperimentaDesign Lisboa
Rua Cidade de Lobito, Atelier Municipal 3
1800-088 Lisboa, Portugal

+351 210 993 045 T
+351 210 963 866 F

EXD Amsterdam
Staalstraat 7 A/B
1011 JJ Amsterdam
The Netherlands

+31 (0) 205 235 058 T
+31 (0) 203 201 710 F

ExperimentaDesign Amsterdam

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