Articles by: Christiaan Fruneaux

Roadmap to the New World

Roadmap to the New World

Check our online roadmap to the new world. It’s a historic-futuristic hypothesis that presents two scenario’s that explore the future of work; one bad; one good; both realistic. Click here to go to the site! (The featured picture is a summary of the map that is given as a hand-out to visitors of our exhibition Workshop for the New World, in Bureau Europa.)

8 Billion City – One City For All

8 Billion City – One City For All

8 Billion City investigates the possibilities and consequences of the creation of one city for all. It’s a project we do together with Arne Hendriks. During a workshop at Z33 in Hasselt, Arne Hendriks, explored the possibility to evacuate the entire world population into one point. This point could, over the course of several years, grow into a single city for 8 billion people – the entire population of the world. Together with TU/e student Anders Høedholt, in an exchange program from University of Aarhus in Denmark, we made a simple animation to explore one of its many consequences. The location of the city was chosen for purposes of neutrality, and because things in the middle of the ocean are scaleable. Soundtrack by Woody Veneman. Participants included Lucas Maassen, Emmy Polkamp, Margriet Craens, Karen Verschooren, Woody Veneman, Josine Beugels and Anders Høedholt

The Romantic City – A Reading

The Romantic City – A Reading

Yesterday, I read this text as part of a duo presentation I did with my fellow monnik Edwin Gardner for a group of architectural students from Belgrade. Also attending the meeting at NDSM were Eva de Klerk, Sascha Glassl, Roel Van Herpt and Michiel van Iersel.     The Romantic City On Dreams It is a beautiful dream: A modern craftsmen, intensely focused and creative, negotiating between materials and imagination, aided in his skills by both high-tech and low-tech, and governed by peer-to-peer guilds, creative commons and contemporary master apprentice systems. But when one wakes up, one realizes, that in our current understanding of economic behavior it is just a dream – unattainable and perhaps even a bit silly. I’m now thinking of a skilled carpenter, a master manipulator of wood, far past his ten thousand hours of required practice. His ambition is to make diner tables of locally produced urban wood. But, […]

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A Romantic Idol

A Romantic Idol

This weekend we explored Lelystad (Netherlands) in advance of a comparative study to new towns Marl (Germany), Lelystad (Holland) and Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgian). (Before I put the next idea on paper I must say that I had a great time exploring Lelystad! These feelings and ideas come from a good place.) After four days of suburban garden city exploration I wanted to create a destroyer – an installation that will work as a Idol for gut-feeling, subjectivity and humility in the face of nature. An idol that will remind the inhabitants of Marl, Lelystad and Louvain la Neuve that they are not defined by those who build the city, and who’s ideas loom over the city like a black moon in a clear sky. In my mind this installation, this idol, will stamp their earth, burn their minds and flood their homes. And they will love it! A young city will need a young heart in the […]

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Coral Reef as Urban Model

Coral Reef as Urban Model

There were many lectures at the Age of Wonder festival but the one that captured my sympathy and fascination the most was Richard Fortey’s lecture on evolution titled ‘Four billion years of life on earth’. Fortey is a palaeontologist who spend the bulk of his years studying trilobites. His talk was basically a plea for richness, a concept that he applied to biodiversity, bottom-up production and many other things. Although he did not gave us a precise definition of richness – perhaps that was exactly the point – he described it by the following pointers: • It’s the end result of natural selection operating through geological time. • It’s a combination of biodiversity, ecological specialization, and geological sensitivity. • It’s the state to which evolution leads if left to play out under natural circumstances. • It’s not just rain forests or coral reefs; it’s a rotting log or a forest floor. • […]

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