MANGA - Comics (or in Japanese, Manga) disclose urban landscapes as they are, and as they are perceived. Comics & Manga reveal the reality of cities, of perceptions of everyday urban existence. Manga constitutes perceived realities. It allows us to grasp urban life, to understand it. To taste urban flavour and imagine urban noises and vibrations.In his project 'Urban Landscape' Rob van der Bijl explores the analytical power of manga. This is not a well-planned, top-down approach, nor a scientific exercise. But it is a bottom-up, opportunistic use of comics as heuristic tool, that allows creative explorations of urban landscape. Tokyo will serve as the project's first topic of investigation.
ROBOTICS - Aim of RVDB's Robotics Project is an investigation into the use of robots in the built environment, particularly within an urban context. This investigation represents primarily a non-applied research for the sake of intellectual exercise and fun. It's not funded or whatever and we don't have to serve a client.