In our previous issue's interview with the dean, Dick van Gameren, we briefly touched upon the subject of cooperation between students and different master tracks. This has inspired us to create an issue about different kinds of dialogue that students, tutors and employees can encounter while within and beyond the walls of BK.
Dialogue implies a two-way kind of conversation, where people taking part in it have a purpose and build (towards) something together — cooperate. However, can there be dialogue between people and spaces? How do spaces influence the kind of conversation that we are having? Do they allow for dialogue to exist?
We have critiqued architectural jargon, or the 'archispeak', many times in Bnieuws. However, specific jargon is also used to communicate efficiently between professionals. In extremes, these terms are converted into symbols to enable diagrammatic dialogue. Deciphering this from an onlookers perspective can be quite a challenge, which Christopher covered in his poem (good luck!).
Federico wrote about the importance of spaces for dialogue. Playing such a central role in Republican states and cities, but strangely absent from the BK, are they perhaps a lost opportunity?
In an interview with Raquel Rolnik, Aimee and Nicole asked about her professional and academic experiences. How does dialogue between urban citizens and institutions look like nowadays? What about students' and professors' dialogue with local citizens? Is there enough engagement with the local situation and residents?
Jan checked if dialogue can be created through the means of the game of Consequences. People around BK City were asked to add the next part of the conversation. Can the outcome be called dialogue? Or is it just an exquisite cadaver?
Nicole talked with Klaske Havik about Writing Urban Places, a new European research network, which is aiming to understand how dialogue, and other forms of language, may influence the built environment
You will find this and much more in this issue. Moreover, in response to some of our readers' suggestions, we left one of the last pages free for your notes, so if you have any comments about any of the articles, write them down and send us a photo or just tag us on Instagram! We would love to hear what you think!