Frequently Asked Questions

Who are you?

We are Neo-Metabolism, a planetary research, design, and life practice. As a decentralized collective, we create critical analyses and proposals to address contemporary crises. In our work and life, we aim to redirect attention towards futures that are not only viable, but also worth living for.

Are you for real?

Yes, hyper-real. As a legal entity, we are a cooperative under Dutch Law. Currently, the places we call home include Arizona, Amsterdam, Aachen, Athens, Sydney, Los Angeles, Berlin, Manama and the Internet.

Where do you come from?

Once, we were named after Metabolism (新陳代謝), an architectural movement rethinking urban life in post-catastrophe Japan. In response to the “world as factory” perspective of industrial modernity, the Metabolists relied on biological and ecological notions when conceiving architecture and infrastructure. They saw cities not as planned deployments, but as dynamic, living assemblages. We find their thinking useful today, as it offers the potential to move from anthropocentric to more-than-human worlding. To us, Metabolism highlights that material, information, and semiotic flows are deeply, wildly interconnected, and constantly in flux. We also follow feminist, new materialist thinkers like Maria Puig de Bellacasa and Jane Bennett, in the understanding that matter is vibrant, nothing is static, and tiny interventions can have a decisive impact on the whole.

Where are you going?

To a future with more fairly distributed equity and agency. To help us get there, we build resilient relationships, offer critical analyses and produce proposals for living, on earth and online, while working in custom organisational meshes.

Who are you with?

With our sister organisation in Berlin, Living Systems, we are developing Open House, a social and sustainable modular housing system for the urban scale.

With our decentralised sister organisation Owncore, we are thinking about new economic models outside of green capitalism. We believe web3 has the potential to enable new public value systems, borderless and with greater social equity than the usually unethical and unviable current structures of centralised finance bound to national interests.