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Research and Open Source

This project was triggered by the Corona world crisis in response to social distance instruction, encouraging social decentralisation and increasing the demand to move out of the city.  Out of the belief that climate change is still the major challenge we are facing (humans and nature), we wish to promote relevant, realistic subjects in the daily urban plan discussion and bring interdisciplinary voices into the architectural fields.


The project will collect input in an open-shared manner to engage the public and to relate to real-life situations from all aspects of life, to challenge future urban planning and inspire the redevelopment of existing traditional settings.


Keeping significant subjects in mind (global warming-related issues, lifestyle, infrastructure etc.), the project tackles more specific topics with an urban - user perspective and examines their expression in the urban space scenario (compared and demonstrated in various cities).

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Rural Trend and the City

Cities around the world are facing a trend of outward migration. In this episode, we talk about drive that pushes the migration and how that is just a myth.


Conspiracy Theory and the City

In this episode, we talk with our guest, Arief Azis, Country Director for, about how the dissipation of misinformation through digital media affects urban tissue.


Storks' Odyssey and the City

Animals have long been domesticated. As the city grows the natural landscape is diminishing and wild animals are being pushed to the city boundaries. Animals that are not bound within geographical or administrative confines are more common than we'd like to think. In this episode, we discuss the effect of migrating animals and a city. 

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Densification, Social Distance and the City

Under global quarantine, it is hard to see the future the same as the one before. Looking at previous pandemics,  we can characterise two outcomes - massive changes or none at all. In this episode, we look at the 1846 Broad Street Cholera outbreak and the 1918 Spanish Flu.


Sexism and the City 

The city can be discriminating, from its policy to its infrastructure, or public space to private toilet place. It is more often than not designed without considering women. In this episode, we talk about how the city can be a safe space for everyone. 

Special guest: Lezlie Lowe


The Collective Dream: Boundaries and the City

Architecture has always been a tool in the hand of governors, priests and those who wish to demonstrate or communicate power. In search of architecture that represents the period of democracy, it is important to examine not only the style but the whole building process.


Mind the (commuting) Gap and the City

Already in 1994, Tokyo was a city with one of the lowest crime rates, earning a reputation of one of the safest cities. Unfortunately, not everyone is experiencing the same sense of safety. At least 70% of commuting women have experienced harassment.

Special guest: Puri Kencana Putri


About Human Nature, Bees and the City

Bees have been with us for a long time and we consume the literal fruit of their labour - not only honey but also their help with pollination. Bees have shrunk in population due to consumption - and the city. In this episode, we discuss this with special guests - Annika Engelhardt and Lorraine Haist. 

The project was initiated by Arch. Prima Surya Abdullah (from Jakarta, Indonesia) and Arch. Hagar Abiri (from Berlin, Germany). It will be distributed on social media and is collaborating with the online platform and publisher Urban Next.

 We wish to promote information & idea sharing involving a wider spectrum of disciplines . You are welcome to follow the project and contribute with ideas and input. Please contact us here: Berlin Office/ Jakarta Office 

A collaboration with Kodekons, Indonesia.

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