June 6, 2019

DOMA Multi-Stakeholder Workshop

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Date: June 8, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM–5:00 PM
Location: Rennie Hall
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
520 E 1st Ave

Please RSVP with Courtenay Mayes

Please join Emily Carr University for a half-day workshop in partnership with 221A that is focused on urbanism stakeholders in Vancouver. This workshop takes place in the context of 221A’s Blockchains & Cultural Padlocks Digital Strategy Initiative. DOMA presents its distributed housing platform, and we explore how blockchain technology can support new models of home ownership and pivot the current housing crisis.

The workshop will include a design challenge and a casually-toned roundtable discussion about new models and technologies for housing and urban space making, with Vancouver groups, and institutions.

  • 1:00 ECU / 221A Introduction to the Day and Blockchains & Cultural Padlocks
  • 1:15 —DOMA presentation on platform operation and game
  • 1:45 —Design Workshop Component
  • 4:00 —Public Feedback Talk & Refreshments

The workshop concludes with an hour-long public feedback talk and refreshments. If you are unable to join for the full afternoon workshop, please join us for the last hour, from 4-5 pm


DOMA proposes a smart-contract based community housing system in order to produce more equitable conditions for the urban precariat. DOMA is a platform for networked home ownership and distributed well-being. Operating as a non-profit community development corporation, DOMA continually accumulates existing housing in city centers that provide a positive correlation between the purchase price and rental rate. DOMA was incubated at Moscow’s Strelka Institute through its post-graduate program The New Normal, directed by Benjamin Bratton.  DOMA is developed by Maksym Rokmaniko, Francesco Sebregondi, and Francis Tseng. 

Maksym Rokmaniko is an architect, designer, and entrepreneur. His research and design work explores new forms of urban living enabled by emerging technologies. He is the founder of the architectural practice Anarchitects (Kiev), a partner at The Center for Spatial Technologies (Kiev) and the project lead at DOMA (Berlin/Kiev), a blockchain-based, networked-ownership housing platform for the token economy.

Francesco Sebregondi is a partner of DOMA, an architect and a researcher, whose work explores the intersections of violence, technology, and the urban condition. Since 2011 he is a Research Fellow at the award-winning practice Forensic Architecture, former Research Coordinator of the project (2013-2015), and co-editor of its first collective publication “Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth” (Sternberg Press, 2014). Since 2015, he’s a CHASE-funded Ph.D. candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London, where his research examines the architecture of the Gaza blockade. In 2017, he was a participant in The New Normal speculative design programme at Strelka Institute in Moscow. Since 2017, he is also a Research Fellow at UCL’s Centre for Blockchain Technology. Francesco’s writings have been published in journals such as the Architectural Review, Volume, Footprint, the Avery Review, or City. He has taught a design studio at the School of Architecture, Royal College of Art (2013-2015). He lives and works between Paris and London.

Francis Tseng is a designer and software engineer working in simulation, machine learning, and games. In the past, he was a designer at IDEO, an OpenNews fellow at the Coral Project (New York Times/Washington Post), a Researcher-in-Residence at NEW INC, adjunct professor at the New School, and was the co-publisher of The New Inquiry. While at The New Inquiry, Francis developed projects such as White Collar Crime Risk Zones and Bail Bloc, a well-known cryptocurrency scheme that raises funds against immigrant detention in the U.S. Presently he is working on economic and transit demand simulations for the Institute of Applied Economic Research, and developing a multiplayer game with DOMA.

Rosemary Heather is an art journalist, curator, and researcher with a specialization in Blockchain. She writes about art, the moving image and digital culture for numerous publications, artist monographs, and related projects internationally. Recent interviews include Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Anna Khachiyan, Chris Kraus, Kent Monkman, Ursula Johnson, Dynasty Handbag, Ken Lum, Kerry Tribe, Hito Steyerl, Phil Collins and Candice Breitz. She is a co-author of the collectively written novel Philip, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2006). Exhibitions she has curated include: Screen and Decor (2013); Ron Giii: Hegel’s Salt Man (2006-2007); Serial Killers: Elements of Painting Multiplied by Six Artists (1999); and I beg to differ (1996). From 2003-2009, Rosemary Heather was the editor of C Magazine (Toronto). Since 2015, she has worked in the blockchain industry as a writer and researcher. Clients include: Wellpath.me (Brooklyn); BitBlox Technologies Inc. (Toronto); Pegasus Fintech (Toronto); Blockgeeks (Toronto); Bitcoin Magazine (Tennessee); Decentral (Toronto). An archive of her writing can be found at https://rosemheather.com/

Laura Kozak is a designer, educator, and organizer. For fifteen years she has built partnerships and collaborated on projects with artists and organizations including Access Gallery, 221A, the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, the Aboriginal Housing Society, the Vancouver Park Board, and the City of Vancouver. Recent publications include Open Source City (in Now Urbanism: the Future City is Here, Routledge, 2014), Infinite Mappings, with Rebecca Bayer (Access, 2015) and Design for Startups, with Kate Armstrong and Haig Armen (Living Labs, 2016). In 2014 she was a lead organizer of Culture and Community: Social Practice and the City with the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Park Board, and has curated numerous exhibitions and educational institutes, including Some Powers of Ten (221A, 2010), Design in the Field (2011) and Design Every Day (2012). A core interest in cartography and collaborative design of the urban environment informs her research and teaching practice. She holds a Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture from UBC (2012) and a BFA from Emily Carr (2005) and currently teaches in the Master of Design program at Emily Carr.

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