MAB Academy 1: Launch Event

Date & Time

Wednesday, June 30 | 13:30 – 14:50 CEST,  07:30 – 08:50 EDT,  21:30 – 22:50 AEST
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Description

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 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:

Practices

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.

Collaborations

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.

Frameworks

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

Katharine Willis – katharine.willis@plymouth.ac.uk
Nanna Verhoeff – n.verhoeff@uu.nl

 

Nanna Verhoef

Nanna Verhoef

Nanna Verhoeff is Professor of Screen Cultures & Society in the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University

Ana Baltazar

Ana Baltazar

Ana is a Brazilian qualified Architect, holds an MArch in Architecture and Urbanism from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil, and a PhD in Architecture and Virtual Environments from the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London

Michiel de Lange

Michiel de Lange

Michiel de Lange (1976) is an Assistant Professor in New Media Studies, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, Netherlands; co-founder of The Mobile City

Alessandro Aurigi

Alessandro Aurigi

Professor of Urban Design at the University of Plymouth. His research focuses on the relationships between our digital society and the ways we conceive, design, and manage urban space, to enhance and support place quality

Marjolijn Ruyg

Marjolijn Ruyg

The Learning Community Urban IxD of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences was established in 2020 with the aim of creating an educational and professional community that promotes the link between research and education and stimulates the exchange of knowledge and skills in the field of Urban Interaction Design

Olamide Udoma-Ejorh

Olamide Udoma-Ejorh

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