Rafe Copeland

Rafe Copeland is a designer, writer and publisher, with a background in type, books and physical objects. In 2011 he made a cultural and geographic shift from Auckland to Amsterdam, chasing and being chased by his curiosity into what lay on the other side of the globe.

In 2010 he graduated with a Bachelor of Design from Auckland University of Technology, and that same year was awarded the New Zealand Designers Institute’s Gold Best Award for Best Student Work. His self-published and award-winning book DIASPAR A mapping of randomness is available in selected specialist bookstores around the world.

Rafe Copeland



From the Blog

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.

More information on www.werelderfgoed.nl/podium

And get a free hard copy by sending an e-mail to podium@wereld­erfgoed.nl

World Heritage Now preview

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

Visualising Flight Traffic for Nederland van Boven

With an open pitch at Pakhuis de Zwijger on Wednesday 30 May, the editorial team of Nederland van Boven (the Dutch version of the popular television programme Britain from Above) wanted to see if there would be new possibilities for datavisualisation in their next season. With all of the diving into data we have been doing lately at Non-fiction, we decided to give it a try.

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By Michiel — Posted June 2, 2012 — 291 Comments