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Rotterdam 6 — 7 Dec It's time for a system reboot.

Ren Yee

Head of Innovation Strategy and Forecasting at UNSense, the arch tech company founded by UNStudio. 

This time 30 years ago, UNStudio was just a pen, a drawing board, and an idea in two young minds: Ben van Berkel, a lecturer at TU Delft, and Caroline Bos, an art historian and architectural journalist. At their kitchen table, they sketched out their first designs, and the future of UNStudio. Since then, we have not stopped moving, and we have no intention of stopping. Fast forward 30 years and we are operating from four international offices across two continents, and designing in over 30 countries.

UNSense explores, designs and implements strategies and technologies to improve people’s living conditions, and to make buildings and cities more humane and healthy.

Ben van Berkel; “I see a great opportunity as an architect to create buildings and cities that are sensible and sensitive to human beings. The digital revolution is driving change in every part of our lives, except within the built environment. Now it’s time to catch up with technology. Built upon UNStudio’s 30 years of experience in architectural design, UNSense presents the opportunity to  fully integrate digital and sensorial technology into the architectural design process. We don’t believe in technology for the sake of technology. Besides performance and efficiency, we believe technology offers a great opportunity to the very essence of architecture: people. Our aim is to humanise architecture, to improve people’s physical, mental and social health through tech interventions within the built environment.Up untill now users had to adapt to whatever architects had in their mind. Now it’s time for the architecture to adapt to its users. Artificial Intelligence and digital and sensorial technologies allow us to create buildings and cities that adapt to the needs of individuals and populations at large. We think that makes sense.”

Ren is giving a keynote Friday December 7, 16:30h


ThingsCon is a 2 day event, packed with talks, workshops and other events.

Thu, Dec 6

Doors open 8:30h, opening 9:30h
9:45-10:30h: keynotes
10:45-12:45h: workshop round 1
13:00-15:00h: workshop round 2
15:15-17:15h: workshop round 3
17:30h keynote
18:00h pitches student hack challenge
19:00h drinks, award ceremony
Whole day: demos and more

Fri, Dec 7

Doors open 8:30h, opening 9:30h
9:45-10:45h: keynotes
11:00-13:00h: workshop round 4
14:00-17:30h: keynotes
17:30h: closing and drinks
Whole day: demos and more

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Date and time

thursday, 6 dec. 2018, 10:00 – friday, 7 dec. 2018, 20:00 (CET)


Bluecity 100 Maasboulevard, 3063 NS Rotterdam