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October 2022

Dreamscapes

56/01

Dreamscapes

I Have a Dream is arguably one of the most momentous statements in human history. Its power lies in the hope and promise that the words bring. And while dreaming of alternative reality lifts hearts and brings change, the imaginary also creates a safe haven, provides an escape. The utopias or distopias that enter our conscience at night or during the day might sometimes express our deepest desires and greatest fears. What are you dreaming about now and what are you dreaming of for your future?

Editorial team

Jonas Althius, Oliwia Jackowska, Tuyen Le, Saartje Nibbering, Zuzanna Sliwinska, Emilie Stecher

With contributions from

Heesoo Kwon, John Hanna

Cover design by

Tiffany Lin

Editorial

I’m on the pursuit of happiness, and I know                                                           I’ll be fine once I get it

Everything that shine ain’t always gonna be gold                                                          I’ll be good...

In the song Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare) by Kid Cudi, he encrypted the message of those chasing momentary bliss and blindly seeking alternative happiness will ultimately result in nightmares... To the folks who are sleeping right now, you might be in eternal happiness at a beach, but that is only fading images created by your cognitive synapses. Here in the waking population, the worldly issues we are dealing with on a daily basis are (unfortunately) actual nightmares, solidifying the fact that the art of living is not to daydream, but rather, it is about unraveling nightmares until we find their beautiful, shining core. With the new semester starting, many of us do not have enough time to dream while sleeping anymore, so we found that it is fitting to choose DREAMSCAPES as a theme. Additionally, while we are awake, we are capable of making dreams come true, designing dreams, and creating our own fantastical universe. Are you still thinking about that trip you took to Barcelona while you are preparing for a presentation?

As a given, the content of this issue expands beyond the physical word, we first arrive at a concerning (yet exciting) topic of Architecture without Architects. Then we venture into the nostalgic commemoration for the Vietnam War through the journey of Tuyen’s favorite vegetable. From destruction we found broken dreams of Rotterdam city, with the changing demographic of dwellers, can the city keep up with housing demands? An essential part of this theme must include an actual analysis of a dream; Oliwia will take us through her dream whilst unhatching the components of a dreamed space. Staying in the autobiographical lane, we have Heesoo’s rendition of her own story of becoming the founder of a feminist religion called Leymusoom.

Departing from personal stories, we then arrive at the Metaverse; Saartje gives us a critical explanation of what is a metaverse, and the blurred lines between the virtual and the real world. Finally, we return to our real world, where we can all face our reality again through Emilie’s article on climate urgency. Each of our actions are shaping a certain type of future, but how do we position ourselves in the Anthropocene and what kind of future do we dream of?

Emphasizing on the plurality of the word dreamscapes, we see that while we are aware of our existence and capability, the possibility to dream and create is endless. Not only as a way to collect your conscious thoughts, but also to share the routes you can take while you are scoping around this collection of dreaming landscapes.

Contents

Architecture without Architects v2.0

From the editors

4 - 7

pg.

In the monotony of standardized, cookie-cutter architecture, we continue striving for novelty in our designs. Yet, we find our imagination limited to the confinements of engraved in mind, set of typologies. Despite the pragmatic rationale behind the forms and shapes of our buildings, we wonder: is there a space for more originality and one-of-a-kindness? Will the future of design generate more limitations or possibilities, bringing dreamscapes to life? And if so, will our role as designers still be a creative one or will it become passive in favour of new (artificially) intelligent designer?

Rau muống, nostalgia, and war

From the editors

8 - 11

pg.

I recently traveled to Kassel in Germany for documenta fifteen, an art festival that happens every five years and occupies Kassel for 100 days. Nhà sàn collective and bà bầu air, Hanoi-based art collectives, hosted my stay at their queer guesthouse called ưh ưh 22 for a duration of five days. Behind the guesthouse was a luscious garden named vườn di cư (migrating garden) by the artist Tuấn Mami. A garden full of vegetables that the local Vietnamese community has donated to the artist to build a green haven full of produce. Frankly, in the middle of Kassel, having a garden flourishing with Vietnamese vegetables is a true depiction of a migrant dream. The familiar sight of the vegetables I grew up eating has lend me a hand to my childhood memories, to meal times with my family, and it has rekindled of my nostalgia for quê hương (homeland).

Diamond in the Rough, Forever Young

From the editors

12 - 15

pg.

Rotterdam. The city you identify with, the city you belong in. The city that suits you perfectly, where you feel right at home. The city whose flaws you look past, or perhaps cherish because, well, ‘they give the city their character’. The city you moved to because you felt you had outgrown Delft, and you were looking for a new world to explore. If you recognise yourself in any of these statements, I’m sorry to tell you this but you’re unknowingly playing a role in a scheme that might be some 40 years in the making, and it has serious consequences.

Dreamed cities as neurodivergent cities

From the editors

16 - 19

pg.

What does the notion of DREAMED SPACES strike you as? Maybe you think liveability, large green spaces and walkable cities... or, maybe like me, you see them as personal interpretations of places around us which show themselves as visions while we sleep. These live between the deepest subconscious layers of our minds. What do they mean? Why should we watch them a bit closer?

How to Become the Founder of a Feminist Religion

Pen Pal

20 - 23

pg.

You look young. You stand next to the flowers. I think you are more beautiful than the flowers. You are wearing a white dress with a hair scarf. You are smiling toward me. You look perfect in this picture.

The Metaverse: Our New Playground?

From the editors

24 - 27

pg.

The connection to the real world has become distinct with the emergence of artificial intelligence. In addition to the progressive advances that can be made with technology, the possibility for fantasy, gates, and transitions to other realities is highlighted by A.I.. With a single click, it is now possible to enter a world where regulations and boundaries are relative, therefore it is logical that individuals flee from the limited physical world to discover their identity and ideas in a questionable existing reality. What difficulties and opportunities occur when the relationship between the real world (RW) and virtual world(s) (VW) is strengthened by incorporating real-life processes into digital communication? And with the rise of the digitalization of urban spaces and surrealistic architecture resembling dreamscapes, what will be the effects on the new age architects when they can build in a world where everything is possible? 

A Dream About Action

From the editors

28 - 30

pg.

The more we know what kind of future we aspire the more we can shape our actions. A short overview on the different positions in the Anthropocene.

What are You Reading Right Now? John Hanna

31

pg.

An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris

Anatomy of the Dream

Pen Pal

(Online Only)

pg.

There exists a state between consciousness and unconsciousness — a state which suspends fear, knowledge, bias, hardship, and reality. We pass through this state when we dream, navigating the liminal space between reality and fantasy. How can we recognise this boundary and leverage it for our own growth?

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