Whether we like it or not, the near future will be defined by automation, artificial intelligence, smart infrastructure, urban intensification and massive demand for energy to power it. This rapidly approaching reality begs several questions: How will we co-exist with machines? How will we perceive and relate to destinations with unpopulated architecture? In the absence of universal access to technology, how will we promote diversity in thinking, living and working without succumbing to the creation of smart societal enclaves?

IUS@ArtEZ approaches these complex issues from different angles, STEAM where A represents art and architecture, exploring Spatial Ambiguity, Re-Tooling the City, New Urban Scenography challenging 20th century norms and codes. This interdisciplinary and innovative approach opens up a dialogue between producers and consumers to create (architectural) stratagems that adequately reflect the cultural, social and economic realities of a context wherein digital systems converge with the physical and influence the way we experience, navigate, work and socialise.


IUS is contributing to ANPEG’s participation at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021.