Date & Time
Wednesday, June 30 | 13:30 – 14:50 CEST, 07:30 – 08:50 EDT, 21:30 – 22:50 AEST
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This event will be the launch of the MAB Academy – a new initiative that contributes to the development of media architecture as an academic and pedagogical field. This will also introduce the MAB Education booklet that provides an overview of media architecture teaching, globally. Three leading experts from the field will reflect on these initiatives from their own working contexts.
About the Media Architecture Biennale Academy
The event will be a joint launch for
- The Media Architecture Biennale (MAB) Academy
- the MAB Education publication Towards Media Architecture. Educating the next generation of urban interaction designers around the world.
MAB Education Publication Towards Media Architecture
The publication Towards Media Architecture. Educating the next generation of urban interaction designers around the world includes profiles of 15 programmes, 3 students and 3 professionals internationally in the field of media architecture and urban interaction design. It is a first attempt to map this emerging field and inspire a discussion on how these new types of designers can be trained. The publication aims to instigate the debate about the implications of our increasingly hybrid cities and explore how to embed this in education. This publication is an initiative of the MAB Academy in collaboration with the Urban IxD Learning Community at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
The Media Architecture Biennale Academy
The MAB Academy, launched as a new initiative at the 2020/21 edition of the Media Architectuur Biennale has the goal to contribute to the development of media architecture as an academic and pedagogical field. The aim of the MAB Academy is to support research and teaching in this new and fast-developing field, and to create platforms for the exchange of knowledge around the practices, collaborations and frameworks that shape its educational and academic infrastructures, internationally. The MAB Academy invites creative professionals, academic researchers, students, educators, and program coordinators to explore and exchange experiences, insights, and ideas about and from research, learning, and teaching in the field of media architecture. On our agenda are the following aims, questions, and plans:
Our aim is to share and disseminate experiences and best practices. We need to address **How do we teach the interdisciplinary field of media architecture, what theoretical inspirations, creative methods and research formats are we using? We plan to address this by creating platforms for exchanging knowledge and inspiration, and by articulating our needs and ambitions.
Our aim is to bring together leading academics, practitioners and educators to lead the development of the activities; to develop ad hoc communal tactics for advancing and carving out and strengthening the field. In order to do this we need to explore if we can work more closely together as a field and simultaneously forge crossovers with adjacent fields (including computer science, urban planning, policy science, social sciences, philosophy and other fields in the Humanities)? We plan to develop a series of activities and communal tactics for carving out and strengthening the field.
We aim to develop the methodological, pedagogical and institutional frameworks needed for the field of media architecture to develop as an academic and professional field. This means we should consider which methodological, pedagogical and institutional frameworks are needed in order to make the field of media architecture grow and blossom, through e.g. funding schemes, different review procedures, curriculum changes, organizational changes, industry involvement? We will formulate longer term strategies for anchoring media architecture institutionally.
More info & contact
Nanna Verhoeff is Professor of Screen Cultures & Society in the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University
Professor Smart Cities and Communities in the School of Art, Design and Architecture at University of Plymouth
Michiel de Lange
Assistant Professor in New Media Studies at Utrecht University and co-founder of The Mobile City
Professor of Urban Design and Associate Dean at the University of Plymouth
Architect and Associate Professor at the School of Architecture at UFMG, Brazil
Marjolijn Ruyg, senior lecturer of the Learning Community Urban Interaction Design of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences presents the publication ‘Towards Media Architecture, educating the next generation of urban interaction designers around the world’
Olamide Udoma-Ejorh is Director at the Lagos Urban Development Initiative, an urban activist, researcher, filmmaker and writer. She is currently involved in governance and social issues within the urban environment of Lagos and is an advocate for sustainable transportation and social engagement within urban spaces
Curator, Cultural entrepreneuer, lecturer, artistic director and co-founder of Public Art Lab