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UNS Talks is a podcast by the architectural design firm UNStudio. Founded in 1988 by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, UNStudio specializes in architecture, urban development, product design, interior design and infrastructural projects. Based in Amsterdam, Shanghai and Hong Kong, the office has produced a wide range of work ranging from public buildings, infrastructure, offices, residential buildings, products, to urban masterplans. Pivotal UNStudio projects include; the Mercedes-Benz Museum, Arnhem Central Station, Raffles City Hangzhou, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), and the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam.

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UNS Talks is a podcast by the architectural design firm UNStudio. Founded in 1988 by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, UNStudio specializes in architecture, urban development, product design, interior design and infrastructural projects. Based in Amsterdam, Shanghai and Hong Kong, the office has produced a wide range of work ranging from public buildings, infrastructure, offices, residential buildings, products, to urban masterplans. Pivotal UNStudio projects include; the Mercedes-Benz Museum, Arnhem Central Station, Raffles City Hangzhou, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), and the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam.

    UNS Talks About The Future Of Work

    UNS Talks About The Future Of Work

    The world of work is changing. It's clear that we need to re-imagine the workplace to become flexible and future-focused, but also reconsider how the role of the architect will develop over the coming years... Framed by these questions, we hosted a discussion between UNStudio architects Ben van Berkel, Marianthi Tatari and Harlen Miller.

    • 30 min
    UNS Talks about the Responsive Technologies of Social Health

    UNS Talks about the Responsive Technologies of Social Health

    For this episode of UNS Talks, we discussed our recently published article "The Responsive Technologies of Social Health" with article authors, Ben van Berkel, Filippo Lodi and Wael Batal. In their discussion, Ben, Filippo and Wael dissect parts of the article, such as the fourth industrial revolution and its impact on the built environment, media architecture and responsive design, smart cities vs healthy cities, play and social cohesion, and finally design models.

    Download the whole article here from the MAB 2018 proceedings from the ACM journal: https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3284389

    Read Part 1 of the article on our website: https://www.unstudio.com/en/page/10985/an-introduction-to-the-responsive-technologies-of-social-health

    Read Part 2 of the article on our website: https://www.unstudio.com/en/page/10993/health-and-technology

    • 32 min
    UNS Talks About The Circular Economy

    UNS Talks About The Circular Economy

    What is a circular construction strategy?
    How can digital solutions help the transition to a circular economy?
    What does a circular city really look like?
    For this podcast, we were very happy to host Joke Duformont and Ben Kubbinga from the Cities and Built Environment Programmes of Circle Economy: an Amsterdam based social enterprise that accelerates circular economic initiatives. The Cities Programme has develop roadmaps with cities like Amsterdam, Glasgow, Bilbao and the province of Noord Holland that help them make the circular leap. The Built Environment Programme works to create a ‘living’ system in which building materials and products are optimally used and reused— a system that operates within the boundaries of our planet, preserves the value of resources, and ensures the wellbeing of inhabitants.

    • 44 min
    UNS Talks about Playgrounds with Denisa Kollarova

    UNS Talks about Playgrounds with Denisa Kollarova

    As part of our ongoing research into playgrounds, we were very happy to host Denisa Kollarova, author of Aldo van Eyck: Seventeen Playgrounds, at the UNStudio office in Amsterdam, to discuss the contents of her study. Of Aldo van Eyck's original 700 playgrounds built across Amsterdam, only 17 remain. What can we learn from van Eyck about designing for social cohesion and imagination?

    • 33 min
    Review Architecture talks with Ben Van Berkel

    Review Architecture talks with Ben Van Berkel

    Review Architecture is an online journal of architecture books, founded and curated by UNStudio Architect Ayax Abreu Garcia. Its goal is to sift through architectural literature, find the gems, dissect their content, create a spark in people’s minds, and help people become more interested in architectural literature.
    Recently Ayax held an interview with Ben van Berkel to discussed UNStudio written works like MOVE and Knowledge Matters, but also his influences from Mark Wigley to Mohsen Mostafavi, to his former teacher Zaha Hadid… If you would like to read the interview with Ben van Berkel for yourself, you can read it on Review Architecture here: http://www.reviewarchitecture.com/interviews/

    • 24 min
    UNS Talks about The Multiplicity of Other: with Afaina De Jong

    UNS Talks about The Multiplicity of Other: with Afaina De Jong

    Every few months we like to host a breakfast open to everyone in our office to discuss the issue of Gender in design in an informal way. This time around, we invited Afaina de Jong to join us.
    Afaina is an architect, an academic and a cultural entrepreneur who works on the boundary of art and architecture. Having taught in both TU Delft and the Sandberg Institute, Afaina founded AFARAI in 2005: an Amsterdam based architectural agency that specializes in spatial design, taking an intersectional and interdisciplinary approach to design. In her talk, Afaina discusses her architectural practice, her work, her thoughts and her research, as related to otherness, gender and design.

    • 41 min

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