Concept

K LAB deve­lops inde­pen­dent rese­arch projects at national and inter­na­tional levels, working in close colla­bo­ra­tion with the ISR depart­ments as well as with other insti­tutes, orga­ni­za­tions and urban actors. The focus of its inter- and trans­di­sci­pli­nary rese­arch lies on the KOMMU­NI­CA­TION of and on the urban, its visua­li­za­tions, repre­sen­ta­tions and media­tions. We under­stand commu­ni­ca­tion not as a unidi­rec­tional presen­ta­tion of infor­ma­tion, but rather as a multi­di­rec­tional dialogue – i.e. exchange, media­tion, and re-nego­tia­tion of our under­stan­dings of the urban and its spaces. Commu­ni­ca­tion as a two-footed prac­tice, pivo­ting on PRODUC­TION & PRESEN­TA­TION of content and media on one side (i.e. the orga­ni­za­tion and visua­li­za­tion of infor­ma­tion); and on the other, the INTER­AC­TION of stake­hol­ders and EXCHANGE of infor­ma­tion for the purpose of construc­tive deli­be­ra­tion. Accord­ingly, K LAB deals both with the medium (or media) employed for trans­mit­ting infor­ma­tion (e.g., maps, plans, info­gra­phics, drawings, sket­ches, texts, speech), as well as with the processes of trans­mis­sion them­selves (e.g., human/non-human inter­ac­tion, parti­ci­patory methods, colla­bo­ra­tive work, co-produc­tion), and ques­tions of how a collec­tive under­stan­ding of the corre­spon­ding content succeeds. There­fore, methods, tools, stra­te­gies, typo­lo­gies, skills and tactics to help navi­ga­ting contem­porary comple­xi­ties and the messi­ness of our urban ever­y­days play a central role in our projects.

Current Projects

Mapping For Change?

Oct 2018 – Sept 2020
Critical carto­graphy approa­ches to drive socio-envi­ron­­mental urban trans­for­ma­tions

Closed Projects