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Gili Merin interviews Malkit Shoshan for Mark Magazine: “For Centuries, maps have been used as tools of control”

A conversation between Gili Merin and Malkit Shoshan about cartography, territorial violence, atlases and books.

The Dutch FM Koenders hosts BLUE event at UN

BLUE: ISLANDS IN CITIES was presented at the UN on January 26th, 2016. Below are photos of the presentation and the exhibition.
The photos are in courtesy of the Dutch Mission to the UN.

FAST research from Iraq to Afghanistan, Nagorno-Karabakh and Israel-Palestine

About ten years ago, we initiated multiple research projects on border fluctuations, the reconstruction and the dismantling of nation-states and the destruction of cultural heritage in the Middle East and the southern boundaries of the Post-Soviet block.
These explorations are still relevant. Many of the documented conflicts are still not resolved. Moreover, they are ongoing and expanding – from Iraq to Afghanistan, Nagorno-Karabakh and Israel-Palestine.

The CIF approved 2 new grants to support the continuation of our projects

We are pleased to announce that we have received to new grants from the Creative Industries Fund. These grants will allow us to continue two of our projects:

‘Design for Legacy’ presentation at the Metropolitan Solution conference in Berlin

We are invited to present our project Design for Legacy: Precycling the UN Compound at the event ‘Crisis Design’, focusing on questions:

How to innovate in/for communities in situations of crisis?  and how do we plan for a future that is uncertain?

The Embassy Lab on Crisis Design showcases environmental and sustainable projects dealing with migration and mobility as an effect of climate change, globalization, and political unrest.


A project by Malkit Shoshan, Marina Otero, and Ethel Baraona

Retreat is a “lexicon”, or inventory of language, to describe the action of withdrawal from civic life. By creating a spatial approach to the language of “escape”, the project attempts to widen the definitions of familiar terms such as safety, surveillance, and self-reliance.

Save the date! public presentations and events by FAST

Save the date!


27 Nov  2014 (Rotterdam)

Missions seminar in Het Nieuwe Instituut

The seminar will focus on the physical footprint of global peacekeeping and reconstruction missions.

2014-1914 Conflict and Innovation

& The view from above

The public presentation of the program 2014-1914: Conflict an Innovation at The New Institute will include the introduction of Drones and Honeycombs installation and discussions.

Further information will be available soon.

Date: 3 May 2014

Location: The New Institute

The Drone Salon

Drones move from the battlefield to ‘smart cities’ and to ‘adhocracy’. Drones are aircraft either controlled by ‘pilots’ from the ground or increasingly, autonomously following a pre-programmed mission. They were first developed to give answers to war challenges. However their development and usage is not exclusive to the battlefield. It is quickly being adapted for civic purposes.

First public presentation of Drones & Honeycombs

drone salone smallDrones & Honeycombs is a project developed with The New Institute in Rotterdam. It aims to increase understanding of civil and public space in times of war and reconstruction as well as far-reaching technological and social change. It also spotlights and examines the ethical and moral issues that accompany these developments. The Netherlands is famous for its professional design practice, both small- and large-scale. It is also known for its humanitarian missions and investments in development projects around the world. In recent decades, concepts of war and peace, which divided the world into war zones and the civilian world – the ballroom and the battlefield – has fallen apart, or rather unified. War has become part of public space.

Impression of the first compound workshop

As peacekeeping missions continue to multiply, representatives of the Dutch Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs, plus experts from other fields, come together to discuss their inevitable physical manifestation: the mission compound. So often in the past a major inconvenience for local populations, could compounds of the future hold they key to improved development and diplomatic efforts?

In The Name of Peace: Another Civic, An Other Law


In The Name of Peace: Another Civic, An Other Law is an essay by Malkit Shoshan, published in Volume n.38.

Click the link to read the complete essay: In The Name of Peace: Another Civic, An Other Law.

FAST is involved in the re-thinking of the transition of Soesterberg airbase into a civic space

The Soesterberg airbase evolved overtime. From a small airfield in the beginning of the 20th century; to a german military base during WWII; and a large (cold war) NATO compound until recently.

FAST is looking for interns! starting immediately…

We are currently looking for architecture, or urban design interns with excellent research and graphic skills, to help us realizing an exciting project about the architecture and landscape of peacekeeping missions.

ZOO, or the letter Z, just after Zionism at Experimenta design ’13

A new version of  ZOO, or the letter Z, just after Zionism will be exhibited at the Experimenta in Lisbon, from 09 NOV, 2013 until 22 DEC, 2013.

Blowup: Innovation in Extreme Scenarios

A debate, a discussion, a provocation — about contemporary approaches to innovation and the complex problem of how innovation works in the context of extreme scenarios.

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