Constant 101 × De Balie

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For Constant 101 De Balie creates a series of three programs. In the program, three contemporary, innovative makers reflect on Constant’s ideas from the perspective of their own work: what do ideas about the ludic human being, technology and the power of experimentation mean for these young architects and artists? Live on stage they will look for an answer to the question that occupied Constant: what should the society of the future look like?

Demolition of the architecture

March 14, 2022, 20:00-21:30h

Arna Mačkić and Herman Hertzberger, prominent architects from different generations, observe an approaching disaster: the architect with a social purpose is going exstinct. How is it possible that we have arrived at a time in which there are no opportunities for architects who want to contribute to the public domain?

Novice architects do want to set up social projects, but as soon as they enter the field, the game of supply and demand kicks in. There is also a lack of stimulation in the training courses: young architects no longer learn about ideals and responsibilities. What can the current generation of architects, architectural schools and policymakers learn from the previous generation, who were given space to build and were encouraged to have a social vision?

In this program Arna Mačkić outlines the problem and shows the public what she believes should be the role of the architect and architecture in society on the basis of her own work. Herman Hertzberger, one of the Netherlands’ greatest architects, will talk to her: what are the lessons this heavyweight has for the current generation? Can we prevent the architect with a social vision from disappearing for good?

Speakers: architects Arna Mačkić and Herman Hertzberger
Program maker: Lola ‘t Hart
Moderator: Merlijn Geurts

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Herman Hertzberger

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Herman Hertzberger

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Arna Mačkić

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Arna Mačkić

Using Play to Save the World Ourselves

February 2, 2022, 20:00-21:30h

Play is the solution to some of our social problems. From lack of connection with our body, to motivation, productivity and creativity. Game designers Niki Smit and Simon van der Linden of Monobanda use game as a “Trojan horse for behavioral improvement”, for social change. How do they do that? And will scientists, policy makers and hospitals utilize the potential of play at all, in a living space from which play and play have been expelled?
 
This evening game designers Niki Smit and Simon van der Linden (Monobanda) show the power of play and how play can play an even greater role in saving ourselves in the future.

Speakers: game designers Niki Smit and Simon van der Linden (Monobanda)

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Niki & Simon | Monobanda

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Niki Smit and Simon van der Linden