• [ICY]

    In [ICY] we have selected, curated and designed photographic images that give impressions or expressions of public values and risks in our daily life, in society as well as in nature. Pixel Pictures reduced to pixels with their unique composition colours, thereby retaining or strengthening the essence of the original . Sometimes it even reduces the photo to it’s core color palette. Photo Adequate description of thoughts and feelings by writing with light is an art in itself. Now with smartphones in our pockets the daily incentives are literally everywhere. Inspired by the photography of Ad Kruf and the exhibition Handwriting of a Photographer by Halchterth, K5 started this initiative. […]

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  • G-Codex

    The Codex is mainly inspired by the sciences of ecology and public administration. The codex related to governance in forest ecosystems and cities. It contains essential components, processes, relations and roles. An ecosystem (as well as a city) can be conceived as a set of interactive subsystems one level lower, from the highest level to the basic components, the largest individual living systems – organisms – in the hierarchy (built up from cells, tissues, organs and organ complexes). City components are plants, animals and above all humans (read: citizens). Every (sub) system can be described in according the criteria of architecture, population and production. From the […]

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Election Time


Between the corner stones of checked and financially feasible facts and figures of a (bio)diversity of political programs by renowned – sometime scientific – institutions (Lucite green*), politicians (Tulip violet*) debate in favour of as many votes as possible by persuading, selling, convincing, getting in, win the so-called floating voters into their basket. The media (Spicy mustard*) play a very active role here, launching in depth interviews into the life and world perspective of the new leaders in spe. Sometimes it feels if they are cross-examined by the interviewer. The talk shows are numerous: it is all about the choices, the frames, the beliefs […]

Transformation from Forest to City


There once was a rainforest along the big river, pristine and full of life. Almost 20.000 varieties of plants, hundreds of mammals, reptiles and amphibians and with more freshwater fish and primates than anywhere else on the planet. A paradise so to say. Among the abundant wildlife there live indians. Just a few, in tribes. Average one on every 4 square kilometer. To get the picture: a country as The Netherlands would have 10.000 inhabitants (now 17 million), The United Kingdom 60.000 (now 65 million). So vast areas unspoiled and natural forest. The human inhabitants, the indians, are forest dwellers and part of the […]

The Politician-Citizen Divide


Today the politician-citizen divide seems to be huge. So many citizens (Terra Cotta*) do not recognize that politicians (Violet Tulip*) represent their values properly or fulfill the promises (to deliver) they made during the campaign and election process. On the other hand the chosen politicians do spend – in the relatively short 4 years governing period – most of their time on intensive debates fighting not only the other political parties in numerous meetings of the elected councils, but also in controlling the governing councils and in struggling with the always alert and critical media.  There is not much time for the citizen. Only during election time you find politicians in […]

The Cycle of Risk Management


There are many methods, frames, philosophies and methodologies developed to tackle risks. For individuals, teams, organisations and even for society as a whole. On enterprise level the ISO 31000 en COSO II are well-known. There is also he world of total quality management (TQM, EFQM, CAF, ISO) that has developed guidance, not to speak of the financial and accountancy business with auditing and visitation techniques with many rules and regulations already in place in BASEL III and Solvency II. On team and project level there is a broad scala on the market for guidance and improvement. Even on personal level we know […]

The Focus of Federer


What can politicians, governors and managers in the public and private domain learn from Roger Federer? What is his secret to play for so long the game of tennis on top level? Becoming ‘the best player that has ever lived’  (quote John McEnroe) and world wide regarded as the King of Tennis. From Switzerland, that also, like William Tell. This is no coincidence because of the country related focus on precision. Were the greatest watchmakers also not born here? Through the eyelashes it starts with being healthy and keeping fit, taking ultimate care for body and mind. This has always been regarded as a starting point for success. […]

A pristine and serene World


Let us imagine that we could start all over again or think we live in a pristine and serene world. Balanced, with an equilibrium within society, between citizens, in perfect harmony with and respect for our natural ecosystems. Sustainable, respectful. Wouldn’t that be great? No war, no quarrelling or battling politicians, countries, religions, governors and without the fierce and harsh competition between institutions, stakes and interests. Just a balanced world. Something to long and hope for. Considering the chess board as a metaphor for the public canvas of our society and in this context representing a pristine and serene world, then only these two colours would […]



Compliance  is one of the key constraints and starting points in processes of public and private governance. Follow the rules we have agreed on and we are committed to. It forms the basis of honourable and respectful acting of every person and organisation. It is has always and everywhere the attention of managers and public leaders, elected and governing councils, controllers, accountants and of course the media. This square can be considered as a metaphor in this regard. Albrecht Dürer made this magic square with the constant of 34. It is part of his work Melancholia I (The British Museum). The numbers 15 and 14 appear […]

Innovation through Hydrogen


In Davos – during the World Economic Forum 2017 – 13 energy, transport and industrial companies presented the Hydrogen Council. Target is to be a platform for innovation to switch from dirtier energy sources. Their statement from Davos, Switzerland. The companies will invest a combined 10 billion euros ($10.7 billion) in hydrogen-related products within five years. Hydrogen has the potential to reduce to 90% of carbon dioxide from vehicles by 2050. The companies see not only transportation as crucial, but consider hydrogen as highly potential to support the transition to a low-carbon society across multiple industries and the entire value chain. The Hydrogen Council consists of […]

Guiding and Guarding

Guiding and guarding

Against the background of global developments as described in the Global Risks Report 2017 by the World Economic Forum, one may assume that our governments will and are able to act as steward (the black king) to guide and guard society in the transitions we face in the emerging set of multipolar worlds. To guide and guard. The developments in front of us are numerous: increasing high debt (we spend more than we can afford), demographic change, growing inequality, pervasive corruption, short-termism and unequal distribution of the benefits of existing welfare. Against the background of decreasing trust of citizens and business enterprises in their government and […]

Citizen King


In fact every citizen is king of his own living world, this of course within the boundaries – which most societies have commonly agreed on as the playing field or canvas – of the public domain. The kingdom of the citizen can stretch over vast territories, networks, topics and processes, but at the end it is always confined by the borders of the realm. These are often be set and guarded by government, which actually is in principle chosen and indirectly steered by the citizens themselves – at least in democratic societies. The balancing act of freedom, rights and borders is always challenging. The realm of […]

Landscape as Infrastructure


By Pierre Bélanger, 2017, Routledge As ecology becomes the new engineering, the projection of landscape as infrastructure―the contemporary alignment of the disciplines of landscape architecture, civil engineering, and urban planning― has become pressing. Predominant challenges facing urban regions and territories today―including shifting climates, material flows, and population mobilities, are addressed and strategized here. Responding to the under-performance of master planning and over-exertion of technological systems at the end of twentieth century, this book argues for the strategic design of “infrastructural ecologies,” describing a synthetic landscape of living, biophysical systems that operate as urban infrastructures to shape and direct the future of urban […]

So much government


Sometimes government can be everywhere and overall present in the life of the ordinary citizen. It can be an overwhelming feeling or even experience for each of us to be secured, guided, advised, steered or looked after. But the imperial blue (Pantone™) of government can sometimes be too present and even dominant – or at least felt this way – and then be narrowing the space of living, of creativity and even of expression. One needs the air to breath. The citizen in terra cotta (Pantone™) can be seen by all overlying governments (from interstate, state, federation, region and municipality) as pawn […]

How we’re growing baby corals to rebuild reefs


TedTalk by Kristen Marhaver. Kristen Marhaver studies corals, tiny creatures the size of a poppyseed that, over hundreds of slow years, create beautiful, life-sustaining ocean structures hundreds of miles long. As she admits, it’s easy to get sad about the state of coral reefs; they’re in the news lately because of how quickly they’re bleaching, dying and turning to slime. But the good news is that we’re learning more and more about these amazing marine invertebrates — including how to help them (and help them help us). This biologist and TED Senior Fellow offers a glimpse into the wonderful and mysterious […]

The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready?


TedTalk by Stewart Brand. Throughout humankind’s history, we’ve driven species after species extinct: the passenger pigeon, the Eastern cougar, the dodo … But now, says Stewart Brand, we have the technology (and the biology) to bring back species that humanity wiped out. So — should we? Which ones? He asks a big question whose answer is closer than you may think.  

The Landscape Urbanism Reader


Charles Waldheim, Princeton Architectural Press With populations decentralizing and cities sprawling ever outward, twenty-first-century urban planners are challenged by the need to organize not just people but space itself. Hence a new architectural discourse has emerged: landscape urbanism. In The Landscape Urbanism Reader, Charles Waldheim – who is at the forefront of this new movement – has assembled the definitive collection of essays by many of the field’s top practitioners. Fourteen essays written by leading figures across a range of disciplines and from around the world– including James Corner, Linda Pollak, Alan Berger, Pierre Bolanger, Julia Czerniak, and more–capture the origins, the […]

Didier Sornette: How we can predict the next financial crisis


The 2007-2008 financial crisis, you might think, was an unpredictable one-time crash. But Didier Sornette and his Financial Crisis Observatory have plotted a set of early warning signs for unstable, growing systems, tracking the moment when any bubble is about to pop. (And he’s seeing it happen again, right now.) Didier Sornette (born June 25, 1957 in Paris) is Professor on the Chair of Entrepreneurial Risks at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich). He is also a professor of the Swiss Finance Institute, and a professor associated with both the department of Physics and the department of Earth Sciences at ETH […]

Willie Smits: How to restore a Rainforest


By piecing together a complex ecological puzzle, biologist Willie Smits believes he has found a way to re-grow clearcut rainforest in Borneo, saving local orangutans — and creating a thrilling blueprint for restoring fragile ecosystems. .  

The Landscape Imagination


The Collected Essays of James Corner 1990–2010 James Corner, Alison Hirsch, 2014, Princeton Architectural Press. Over the past two decades, James Corner has reinvented the field of landscape architecture. His highly influential writings of the 1990s, included in our bestselling Recovering Landscape, together with a post-millennial series of built projects, such as New York’s celebrated High Line, prove that the best way to address the problems facing our cities is to embrace their industrial past. Collecting Corner’s written scholarship from the early 1990s through 2010, The Landscape Imagination addresses critical issues in landscape architecture and reflects on how his writings have informed the […]