The Radical City inc. program gives shape to a new climate-proof and nature inclusive city. Artists, designers and architects challenge conservative notions of city life and explore different routes to a new, future-oriented urban landscape. In this city, humans, flora and fauna, the environment, objects and architecture constitute one balanced system.
Radical City inc. consists of an exhibition at Transnatural and an overview exhibition at Dutch Design Week in 2023. The placement of various works in public space, workshops, lectures and a bike tour are also part of the program in collaboration with Zone2Source, Pakhuis de Zwijger and the Tolhuistuin.
10/12/2022 - 08/12/2023
An evolving exhibition at Transnatural provides the basis for an ongoing exploration of radical ideas for the city of the future. In this new urban landscape, the connection between people, nature, public space, objects and architecture is crucial. The symbiosis also provides solutions to complex challenges of our time, such as drought, humidity, salinization, subsidence, pollution and endangered flora and fauna. This city interacts directly with its surrounding landscapes.
The first exhibition presents conceptual works, artistic approaches and prototypes. A number of works will be actually realized and placed in public spaces in the next stage of the program. Thus, the city of Amsterdam is not only used as a utopian platform but sets the stage for the first steps towards the city of the future.
Natasja Alers (NL) / Mae Engelgeer (NL) / Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg (UK) / Theun Karelse (NL) / Rollo Bryant (UK) / Marco Barotti (IT) / Ivan Henriques (NL) / Thijs Biersteker (NL) / Bram de Vos (NL) / Green Quays (NL) / VANTOT (NL)
Curated by Arjen Bangma
Date: Dec. 10, 2022 - Dec. 8, 2023
Open: Tuesday to Friday, 10am - 5pm.
Saturday 1pm - 5pm.
Closed: 16 October - 1 November 2023 (due to the Dutch Design Week show)
Transnatural, Jan van Galenstraat 125 bg, Amsterdam
During this evening, we will explore the challenges of urban development from various perspectives. The speakers will reveal philosophical insights, innovative ideas, and practical applications for creating a climate-resilient and more than nature-inclusive city.
The Radical City inc. bicycle tours introduce places and works in the city of Amsterdam that resonate with the formation of a nature-inclusive and climate-proof city.
The Liquid Roots project by British designer Rollo Bryant sets an alternative agenda for urban lighting design to reduce the impact of artificial light pollution on urban ecology.
Air and light pollution disrupt the natural colors in our sky. Illume Loop experiments with reflecting, distorting and reproducing light, shapes and colors in the environment.
The otter, icon for aquatic landscapes, is knocking at the gate of our city. What interventions are needed and how do we design the urban landscape to welcome the otter?
The Totems of Life form a unified habitat for urban endangered animals and insects. At the core is the totems' diverse contribution to urban life.
The exhibition at Dutch Design Week 2023 includes an overview of all projects developed and presented so far within the program of Radical City inc.
Polyspace is a prime example of “absorbent” architecture which excels in micro dust filtration. Panels and frames with a porous structure facilitate light and air passage, serving as filters and moss growth foundations. Their innovative approach extends to versatile installations, such as dual-purpose like bus stops, building walls and structures providing micro-dust protection.