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Crime as Part of a Global Network

A one-week studio exploring the physical and urban dimension of crime in Rotterdam taking place from 03 - 10 March 2021

In the recent drug-related crime wave in the Netherlands, the port of Rotterdam plays a significant role as the import and export of drugs to Europe. In industrial areas on the periphery of the city, garages are combined with prostitution and human trafficking. These areas are on the outskirts of the city or even far beyond, invisible to the average city dweller. At the same time we see shops opening up without any commercial perspective and mainly used for laundering money. We will be mapping and visualizing this aspect of Rotterdam to make it part of the narrative of the city.

This studio is part of our intensive three-month programme on contemporary urbanism 'Dirty Old Town', but can also be taken separately. Regular tickets are available for 250 euro. Student tickets are available for 200 euro. The course is subject to Corona measures. We will determine in January 2021 whether the course can take place. You can register for this studio by sending an email to The payment should be completed by invoice two weeks before the start of the course. For practical reasons, a maximum of 15 participants (including the Dirty Old Town Participants) can take part in this course.

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