Head of Think Tank @ Infographics Group in Berlin

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A little bit more than one year after moving to San Francisco, I got the great opportunity to join the team at Infographics Group in Berlin. As head of the IGG Think Tank / Creative Direction I look forward to teaming up with founder Jan Schwochow and my long-term creative partner Sven Ehmann.

As founder and owner of onlab, I am staying on in an advisory capacity and consultant.

At Method in San Francisco, I helped companies to develop visions for a disruptive future using insight gained from working on innovative products and technologies. I am excited to bring this competence together with the craft and experience gathered in the past years to seek after new grounds, innovative formats, technology, projects, services, products and partnerships in the fields of infographics, data visualization and visual storytelling.

The shift in knowledge transfer and information processing, the potential of the ensuing social and economic changes constitute fascinating and promising challenges. I can’t wait to explore, discuss, share and develop ideas with all of you.

Award for “Speculations Transformations”

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“Speculations Transformations – Thoughts on the Future of Germany’s Cities and Regions” is one of the winners of die schönsten deutschen bücher 2017 – most beautiful German books 2017!

The book we spent more than 3 years to design, facilitates a better understanding of the present, addresses pending spatial transformations and speculates about their effects.

See Project and Making-of >

Speculations Transformations is an atlas of Baukultur composed of texts, maps and photographies that drafts scenarios about the spatial, natural, urban, architectural, and social environments in which we might live in 2050, after having faced economic and infrastructural transformations.

Mapping the thoughts on the Future of Germany’s Cities and Regions

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The book Speculations Transformations – Thoughts on the Future of Germany’s Cities and Regions (Lars Müller Publishers) we spent more than 3 years to design, facilitates a better understanding of the present, addresses pending spatial transformations and speculates about their effects.

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The atlas of Baukultur is composed of texts, maps and photographies that drafts scenarios about the spatial, natural, urban, architectural, and social environments in which we might live in 2050, after having faced economic and infrastructural transformations.

See Project and Making-of >

Launch on Tuesday April 19, 7 PM, Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. “Speculations Transformations” Edited by Matthias Böttger, Stefan Carsten, Ludwig Engel

Germany Remixed – Infographics for Geo Magazine

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In the heart of the refugee crisis and the rise of the right-wing extremism in Europe, the infographics “Germany Remixed” designed for Geo Magazine (actual german issue: 09 2015) present the share of the population with migration background in Germany and other countries today.

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Stunning? Regions where the right-wing activism is at the highest, the population with migration background is at the lowest. Germany Remixed – check out our inforgaphics in the actual Geo Magazin issue!

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The infographics is part of a larger article on the new face of Germany together with the impressive photographic work of Martin Schoeller.

01.07.2014 – ETH Zurich

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Nicolas is invited to hold a public lecture and a participate to a workshop about cartography and cartographical representation in the context of the project ‘Planetary Urbanization in a Comparative Perspective’.

The research project consists of an experimental comparison of urbanisation processes in 8 urban mega regions. It investigates the sharp increase in speed, scale and scope of urbanisation as well as the surprising forms of difference, diversity and variation within and between urban areas. (Pearl River Delta, Tokyo, Kolkata, Istanbul, Lagos, Paris, Mexico City and Los Angeles). The major aim of the project is to develop adequate definitions of these processes, which means to capture both global and local dimensions alike.

Public lecture with Nicolas Bourquin, Jan Lindenberg, Philippe Rekacewicz, Christian Schmid, Peter Spillmann
Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 2 pm. – 7 pm.
ETH Zurich, HIL E 67
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5, 8093 Zurich

Cartographic representations are today widely applied in architecture, urban design, planning, and social sciences. However, moments of critical reflection on methodological foundations,and political consequences of mapping are rare. This transdisciplinary symposium has the aim to engage a critical discussion on mapping and cartography, by inviting four specialists in geography, cartography, visual representation, arts and graphic design for a presentation of their experiences in mapping. The lecture and workshop will particularly focus on mapping practice as a device for critical reflection of urbanization processes and investigate the notions of time, clarity and intuitive imprecision in the maps.

themes:
– discussion of different forms and means of cartographic representation and their effects.
– possible consequences of producing visibility through mapping exercises
– limits of the cartographic method (cartographic silences, mapping the non-mappable?)
– hierarchies of representation (e.g. center of the map, projection, orientation).
– differentiation between analysis of built environment and analysis of urbanization processes;
– differentiation between temporal and spatial level of interpretation
– legibility of maps and reasonable density of information despite superimposition of different levels of data

ETH – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology – Zurich, Switzerland
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Chair for the History of Art and Architecture

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