category: Society

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Post Fossil City |

Climate change. Who hasn’t seen the images of lonely polar bears balancing on the melting ice blocks? The warning signs have been blinking red for years: it’s time to get rid of oil, coal, and gas. No more fossil fuels. And then what? Emptiness. Most of us have no clue what a post-fossil future looks like. We simply can’t imagine […]

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Collective [Ir]Rationality |

Studio KNOL researches mass behaviour in artspace MU. Each year, the Dutch Design Week draws hundreds of thousands of people who crowd the town expecting to be surprised. But what moves them? Taking this question as a starting point, Studio KNOL creates an experimental exhibition together with art space MU that researches the (ir)rational behaviour of the masses. With Collective [Ir]Rationality, Studio KNOL […]

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IMAGINING URBAN FUTURES |

Imagining Urban Futures is a platform that was erected by Utrecht University. It promotes new ways of thinking for the way cities should be organised. What scenario’s can we create when we don’t use fossil fuel anymore? How can we use our imagination to challenge urban problems? Our studio worked on a series of way-finding installations during the conference of Urban Futures. The bright yellow […]

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Amsterdam (DE)TOURS |

If you live in Amsterdam, you probably recognise the feeling of annoyance towards herds of tourists flocking on city center roads. You think to yourself: ‘Why do they all seem to walk up and down this ugly road between Central Station and Dam Square?! The city has so many other unique streets to explore…’ Exactly this topic challenged the city government […]

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The Happiness Machine |

What is happiness and where can you find it these days? With an ever-growing ‘audience’ on social media, happiness seems to be sought outside of the self more and more. Can you actually feel better about yourself when others tell you that you are great? And does this type of happiness last long enough? This project questions what affirmation of the crowd can do to a […]

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Pencil vs. Pixel |

Exploring the future of the classroom. What will become of the classroom environment, now that (educational) technologies are advancing rapidly? For decades, the actual classroom setting has hardly changed, while possibilities have. Do we envision the educational environments to become more virtual and digital, or do we value tactility and learning through doing? On invitation by art space MU and […]

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Room for Inspiration |

Stress – especially work related stress – is a major issue in our current society. According to Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek, 10% of the Dutch working population suffers from burnout symptoms. Yearly, 30.000 people are declared incapacitated by mental health problems, of whom 9000 (30%) due to stress and overload. Stress at work is an emerging problem, affecting people […]

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Mobile Memorial |

“Hollandsche Schouwburg, geen voorstelling van te maken” (in dutch the word ‘voorstelling’ stands for theater show as well representation). Until 1940, The Hollandsche Schouwburg was a popular theatre, putting on many well-known Dutch plays. Over the years the function of the Schouwburg changed drastically. Today the Hollandsche Schouwburg is a monument and war memorial. During the Second World War, Jews were rounded […]

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Out of Office |

In early April, studio KNOL opened Out of Office; a picture-perfect flexworking space in the center of Eindhoven. Barely two weeks later it was on its way to become the most popular working spot in town, but just when everyone was spreading the word things started to turn around… Introduced to social media and local press as the newest flexible […]

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Transit Mantra |

Far more than anything the city is a spot where we are continually in transition. Transit Mantra resounds the energy of our movements in the urban landscape. The knowledge of getting in transition now becomes a pleasant moment of reflection. A symbiosis of beautiful design and an improved sense of safety, that is how the installation ‘Transit Mantra’ is best described. Since […]

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Inside the White Whale |

KNOL is part of Studio Vacant NL. They present Inside the White Whale; large white container bags that can be used to create temporary spaces in any location imaginable. These new flexible spaces can serve a wide variety of purposes, and hereby provide an ideal strategy to colonize vacant buildings or other temporarily available places. When the big bag is […]

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Vacant Appsterdam |

Appsterdam is a fast growing group of software developers (app makers) who are gathering in Amsterdam since Summer 2011. In cooperation with Studio Vacant NL they colonized a vacant building at the Westergasfabriek to create physical gravity in the software industry of Amsterdam. KNOL is part of Studio Vacant NL. They work on temporary interiors in vacant buildings. For this project, a […]