untld: is an inter-disciplinary practice for transition design ― WE DELIVER DESIGN INTELLIGENCE FOR RESILIENT futures.
We operate across three practices and a range of roles and methodologies.
UNTLD is driven by an interest in participation and co-creation as a basis for high-quality urban habitats.
Local knowledge and human ingenuity, we believe, underpin future-proof designs, and facilitate design's transformation into vibrant cultures of resilience.
UNTLD fields new techniques, from situated designs to on-site ethnographic interventions, to help unlock new future-proof and climate-responsive strategies.
We aim to unlock local design knowledge and help actors build their own cases to re-vitalize and futureproof local ways of living and building.
Like languages and beliefs, urbanisms and urbanization are culturally embedded practices.
UNTLD leverages its extensive exposure to local planning cultures to decrypt everyday urban practices, and help strategize design demands.
UNTLD is a research and advisory practice working between Europe [Germany] and India [Chennai], committed to urban resilience, sustainable infrastructures & water-centric design.
Its name - pronounced "untitled" - is a moniker for the untold possibilities of bringing design, invention and innovation into dialogue with people in order to create more just transitions.
Writ large, UNTLD stands for the untapped - and untitled - intelligence of everyday local practices and skills in co-designing resilient climate futures.
UNTLD is conceived and led by urbanist and architect Karl Beelen PhD M. Arch.-Civil Eng.
Karl Beelen has been active as an urban researcher and designer in India, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Iran. He was a key participant in the ambitious Water as Leverage for Resilient Cities: Asia program, and a lead author in this program's output and designs for a more future-proof Chennai.