New publication

World Heritage Now Launch-new

On Sunday 9 February we launched World Heritage Now. This publication shows the dynamic and fragile nature of UNESCO World Heritage by juxtaposing UNESCO’s original guidelines with recent media coverage from around the world and personal remarks and commentary by Non-fiction’s Michiel van Iersel, who is the inaugural guest curator of the new World Heritage Podium in Amsterdam. Designed by Rafe Copeland, the publication questions the sustainability of the World Heritage List in a world in flux, and proposes new and radical directions and actions for UNESCO.

The launch took take place in the building of Amsterdam’s City Archives on Sunday 9 February from 15:00 – 16:30. Several guests responded to the publication. With a.o. Esther Agricola (Director of the Office of Monuments & Archeology, City of Amsterdam, responsible for the Canal Di), Riemer Knoop (Professor of Cultural Heritage at the Reinwardt Academy and advisor to The Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO) and Tracy Metz (journalist and director of the John Adams Institute).

The publication was commissioned by the World Heritage Podium. The Netherlands has nine World Heritage sites that are acknowledged by UNESCO. All of these are brought to life in the World Heritage Podium. The World Heritage Podium is situated in the monumental building De Bazel in Amsterdam. It is simultaneously the information centre for the Canal District Amsterdam, that was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2010.

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And get a free hard copy by sending an e-mail to podium@wereld­

World Heritage Now preview

By Michiel — Posted February 5, 2014 — 5,713 Comments

XS Architecture market 30/8 – 1/9

XS Architecture

Non-fiction is happy to co-host XS ARCHITECTURE MARKET – an event which will represent and sell products, objects and prototypes designed by architects or artists and designers that demonstrate a clear link to the world of architecture.

The selection ranges from functional products such as chairs, lamps and textiles to objects that have a more conceptual purpose – to trigger the mind and expose ‘cross-over design’: architects as designers; designers as architects. XS ARCHITECTURE tries to upscale design possibilities by distorting the scale and line between different design disciplines.

Bastiaan Gribling: 06 28570889
Parvinder Marwaha: 06 16776990

More information here

By Michiel — Posted August 30, 2013 — 4,526 Comments

Included in new book ‘Reactivate!’

Reactivate! Innovators of Dutch Architecture

Although we’re non-architects, Non-fiction is included in the new book ‘Reactivate! Innovators of Dutch Architecture’, written by Indira van ‘t Klooster and published by Trancity*Valiz, together with a.o. DUS ArchitectsFABRICPowerhouse Company, Space&matter, Superuse Studios and ZUS Architects.

Find more information here.

We’re featured in the chapter that deals with ‘performative urbanism’ and our FloriadeRadar-app, showing local interaction on social media on a map, has been highlighted.

Bureau Europa in the city of Maastricht is devoting an exhibition to the book. In addition to the offices mentioned in the book, the exhibition will include several other offices, including Rietveld Landscape and XML Architecture Research UrbanismThe opening of this exhibition/manifestation will take place on June 8 between 17 – 19 hours at  Bureau Europa, Timmerfabriek, Boschstraat 9, Maastricht.  

Reactivate! portrait

By Michiel — Posted May 30, 2013 — 6,607 Comments

15 minutes without fame

15 minutes without fame

This article appeared in the Vonk section of De Volkskrant on 16 March 2013.

15 minutes without fame

Video duikt overal in steeds onverwachtere vormen op. Van achter het dashboard of met de skihelm leggen we elkaar vast. Dat leidt ook tot opstand.
Door Juha van ’t Zelfde

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By Juha — Posted March 20, 2013 — 6,158 Comments

Remembering Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz in De Volkskrant

The title translates into “People like Aaron should be cherished”

The Netherlands’ national newspaper De Volkskrant invited me to contribute to last Saturday’s edition on the tragic passing of Aaron Swartz and the complex issue of open access to public information.

You can read the article here.

By Juha — Posted January 21, 2013 — 1,678 Comments

Between-space: using Amsterdam’s hidden spaces

Between-space colors

Together with Office Jarrik OuburgTAAK and Castrum Peregrini Foundation we are working on an 0ngoing research and series of artistic and architectural interventions dealing with the many invisible, and largely unknown, alleys and inner courtyards that are hidden in-between and behind Amsterdam’s famous canal houses.

This project, called ‘Tussen-ruimte’ (or ‘Between-space’), is an attempt to show the transformative potential of this UNESCO World Heritage and to open up some of these spaces for temporary use in order to enhance the area’s livability. Read more.


By Michiel — Posted January 9, 2013 — 4,317 Comments

16 november: The Future Studio-symposium

On the role of the studio : past, present and future

Friday 16 November, 10:00 – 17:00, De Hallen Haarlem

De Hallen Haarlem and the Kees Verwey Foundation proudly present the symposium ‘The Future Studio’, in which the artist’s studio will be discussed from various angles and from both an historical perspective and with an eye on the future. With contributions by theorists, artists and other art professionals who will present their views on contemporary studio practices, the symposium aims to generate new perspectives on the future of the studio in all its diversity.

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By Michiel — Posted November 5, 2012 — 2,055 Comments

article in Het Financieele Dagblad

Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad, our equivalent of the Financial Times, asked Michiel to share a ‘burning issue’ with them. In this article, published on 10 November 2012 and inspired by a whole range of writers and artists, he reflects on the omnipresence and potential of ‘creative destruction’ in coping with the problems we face.

Find the complete text (in Dutch) below. And find the same spirit of ‘creative destruction’ in the writings and works of people like Joseph SchumpeterGordon Matta-ClarkFélix González-Torres, Jean TinguelySusan SontagArata Isozaki, Christian Marclay, RotorArcangelo SassolinoCyprien Gaillard, Lara Almarcegui and many others. And read more about the Ise Shrine in Japan (with thanks to Jarrik Ouburg for telling us about this wonderful place).

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By Michiel — Posted November 1, 2012 — 6,889 Comments

10 October: Visible Cities #12 – Dawn of the Drones

It was impossible this year to open a newspaper or watch the news without seeing them: Drones. The unmanned airplanes are no longer only deployed by the US Army in Pakistan to ‘silently kill’ but are appearing in cities around the world as they did with the London olympics.

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By Michiel — Posted October 5, 2012 — 2,318 Comments

5 oktober: Future City Forum with Lorenzo de Rita (Arnhem)

This Friday at the Future City Festival in Arnhem we will discuss what the city of the future looks like.

With a presentation of Lorenzo de Rita (the Soon Institute) on the greatest cities never seen, Artist Robbert van der Horst and Jan de Wit from the Rijn IJssel cooperation.

The spoken language of the presentations will be Dutch, with the exeption of Lorenzo’s Presentation.

Friday 5 oktober from 20:00 to 21:00. Afterward there will be drinks and sustainable dancing.

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By Michiel — Posted October 3, 2012 — 4,457 Comments