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The Independent School for the City is starting up again and we have some amazing activities planned! From inspiring public events such as New Territorial Narratives and the continuation of School’s Out!, to fascinating courses like Follow the Money and Fossil Rotterdam. Here’s a selection of what we have to offer:

School’s Out! #7 with Liza Fior
27 September
18:00 – 22:00

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We are very happy to announce that the British architect and designer Liza Fior will be the speaker of the 7th edition of School’s Out! on the last Friday of September. Liza is founding partner of MUF Architecture/Art, a legendary London-based practice that combines dreamlike compositions of shapes and materials with gripping narratives. Established in the mid 90s as a new type of practice that would blur the ‘fuzzy edges’ between buildings and city, architecture, art, and the structures of society, MUF has worked on various public spaces, buildings and exhibitions that have the depth and complexity of places with a history of centuries. One such project was a development strategy for the Hofbogen in Rotterdam. Liza is a charismatic and challenging speaker. It would be unwise to forego the chance to witness her presentation. For more information and tickets click here.

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Follow the Money

Early Bird discount until 15 September

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On the 21st of October, we will be starting an exciting studio about city development and the roles of architecture, property and capital titled “Follow the Money”. For this course we have teamed up with Powerhouse Company to critically explore and uncover the role of capital in the way our cities and buildings are being shaped. The programme is part-time and runs from Monday 21 – Thursday 31 October and consists of five full days (10:00 – 18:30) and 4 evenings (19:00 – 22:00). Participants will take part in a range of activities, including lectures, conversations with professionals, field trips, collective work, and presentations about property, labour and capital. Check out our website for more info and the day-to-day schedule. Early Bird tickets are available until 15 September for 500 Euro, so be quick and claim your spot now! Read more…

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Open Call:
Dirty Old Town

A Three Month Programme on Contemporary Urbanism

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Those who want to go all the way and emerge themselves in the critical and activist approach of the Independent School for the City, can now apply for “Dirty Old Town” a 12-week programme that takes the modern city as its subject and Rotterdam as its testing ground. In this programme we will explore the contradictions and complexities of contemporary cities, like the effects of migration, inequality and climate change. Bringing together different fields, from artistic expression to technical engineering, we will use Rotterdam as a pars pro toto for cities all over the world. Participants in the programme will be offered weekly lectures and excursions, a series of workshops focusing on specific disciplines and methods, tutoring by a diverse team of specialists, designers and researchers, the chance to work together in a community of learning and the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and develop their ideas. Application deadline: 20 October 2019. Read more…

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Other Upcoming Events:

  • 3 October 2019, 15:00 – 17:00 | NEW TERRITORIAL NARRATIVES – A conversation about photography as an instrument to explore the complexity of territorial and spatial dynamics. With contributions by Urban Reports, the Nederlands Fotomuseum and Theo Baart.
  • 5 October  – 9 October 2019 | FILM AND ARCHITECTURE STUDIO [Sold Out] – A Studio about filmmaking in relation to city and architecture, organized together with the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam and led by international filmmaker and architect Jord den Hollander.
  • 25 October 2019, 18:00 – 22:00 | SCHOOL’S OUT! #8 – Drinks, bites, tunes, and a talk by Alfredo Brillembourg, founder of the Urban Think Tank; an interdisciplinary design practice that studies and designs for informal urban conditions in cities around the world. 
  • 25 – 29 November 2019 | FOSSIL ROTTERDAM – A one-week studio researching the fossil addiction of the city through photography with the artist and photographer Rubén Dario Kleimeer
  • 29 November, 18:00 – 22:00 | SCHOOL’S OUT! #9 – Drinks, bites, tunes, and a talk by Petra Blaisse, founder of Inside/Outside and one of the Netherland’s most poetic and uncompromising spatial designers who designs curtains, interiors, exhibitions, gardens, public spaces, and roofs. 
Hanane Metalsi Nieuws