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The Vertical Geopolitics Lab is an undisciplined non-profit think-tank and investigative design practice dedicated to the interrogation of cross-scalar agency to expose hidden systems and intangible agenda within the built environment.

The lab’s motto claims that ‘to portray reality is a reality of its own’. Its vision aims to prevent the reality of representation from being missed for its representation of reality. Because to instill a debate on how something is being portrayed matters as much as what is being portrayed.

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Fig. Biased views formed before obtaining adequate evidence

The lab’s methodology articulates design’s potential in the public realm as a medium of proactive problem-identifying rather than reactive problem-solving. It actively engages in advancing design’s capacity as a medium for identifying problems of contemporary culture, technology, and society with work across the spectrum of environmentally concerned research, teaching, consultancy, advisory, and advocacy. As such, the lab associates seemingly antagonist yet mutually enlightening matter by carrying out a threefold scope of projects as input, output, and outlet.

Input is understood as a collaboratory publicity vehicle via which voluntary or sponsored opportunities in form of calls for applications (advisory board members, jury members, correspondents, internships, fellowships, residencies, etc.), calls for submissions (conferences, periodicals, books, etc.), or requests for qualifications and proposals (case study competitions, etc.) are being announced. Output is understood as a professional portfolio of activities such as designing proposals (architectural competitions, commissions, etc.), teaching engagements (studios, seminars, etc.), speaking engagements (lectures, panel discussions, etc.), writing and editing pieces (articles, op-eds, doctoral dissertations, etc.), or curating and convening public programs (events, exhibitions, etc.). Outlet is understood as a non-profit shop via which the lab’s products in print or apparel are being distributed.

The contents of this website are transdisciplinary and undisciplined. Scholars and practitioners sharing affiliations with the discipline of design in the academy and industry may find the cross-scalar materials on this website and the ideas incorporated herein as contradictory, confusing, or even offensive. Stressing cross-fertilization as a key asset in the design process, the website is focused on the association of mutually enlightening, yet seemingly antagonist content as potential source for yet unimagined ways of seeing. As sources and facts are being intentionally set up to serve a reducing purpose, full responsibility is taken here for potential holes and omissions to be found in the work in progress outlined. Every reasonable attempt has been made to identify the authors and owners of any proprietary material that does not belong to the Vertical Geopolitics Lab. The author apologizes for any errors or omissions that may have occurred and will endeavor to correct them in subsequent uses.