A 3 Month Programme on Contemporary Urbanism: open to all disciplines
This intensive course takes the modern city as its subject and Rotterdam as its testing ground. Using its methodological triad of Research, Stories and Strategies the ISC will explore the contradictions and complexities of contemporary cities, like the effects of migration, inequality in the housing situation and the stubborn presence of a fossil fueled economy. 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 program 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.
In the first month of the program the city will be explored as a palimpsest of different systems, ideas, infrastructures, policies and ideologies. Each week will uncover one layer; that of history and town planning, of housing policies and real estate speculation, of migration and that of the fossil fuel economy. Through lectures, precisely planned excursions through Rotterdam and mapping exercises, we will uncover the invisible layers of the city, look at sites through different lenses and collect the data needed to take a position vis-à-vis the city’s challenges. Each time, we consider Rotterdam as a means to get a close up view of global trends and networks.
To share our position on the city with others, in order to turn it into action, we need to construct a strong narrative. That is the subject of the second month in the program. Lectures and workshops will be held on the different formats and techniques, the different languages and methods with which a story can be told. From the written manifesto to the exhibition, the political campaign to the utopian plan, the movie to the historical essay. We will discover how a narrative approach not only carries the message we want to share, but will shape and influence it too. Through the stories we tell, we start to change the reality of our cities.
The third month of the program is dedicated to translating insights and stories into strategies and concrete action. We take a broad view of what constitutes action. A precisely written and timed manifesto could have as much influence as a government funded masterplan; a tactical policy change can have as much impact on the shape of a street as an iconic piece of architecture. We will choose a number of sites in Rotterdam and subject these to our transformational strategies and to the tactical interventions that they produce. The program will conclude with an exhibition and a debate night with the officials, planners and politicians who have been entrusted with Rotterdam’s future.
This densely packed 12-week programme fits within the 90 days of a tourist visa to the Netherlands. It is based on a five-day school week filled with workshops, lectures and field trips. The participation fee for this programme is 3000 Euro (no VAT payable). In order to apply for this programme, we kindly ask you to register your personal details and submit your CV and examples of your previous work/portfolio (max 5 pages) before the 1st of December 2019. Sign up here
The course will be cancelled in case less than 10 participants enrol. Participants will be informed before the 8th of December 2019.
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