Starting in October 2019, the Independent School for the City will offer a variety of educational programmes ranging from a 4-day crash course on filmmaking in relation to architecture and the city, to an intensive 12-week programme on contemporary urbanism. The activist and multidisciplinary approach of the Independent School is strongly embedded in all activities, whether you participate in one single course or sign up for all of them.
FOLLOW THE MONEY
Architecture and urban planning are typically focused more of the physical manifestations of the design then the strategical and financial structuring that could drive the realization of the design. In architecture and urban planning education, there is also rarely attention given to the role of clients, let alone to capital as a force that shapes our build environment.
In this two week workshop, we want to critically explore and uncover the role of capital in the way our cities and buildings are being shaped. We will look at the city through the lens of global capital in order to understand how we could use that view in order to shape our vision of a better city. We will do that by using the classical economic analyses of the city by researching the roles of Property (land and real estate), Labour (in this case, architecture and design) and Capital (finance).
For this workshop we will use Rotterdam as site, which, due it’s partial destruction during WWII, has over the last 70 years been a rich testing ground for real estate development experiments. Read more...
DIRTY OLD TOWN
This intensive 3 month programme on Contemporary Urbanism takes the modern city as its subject and Rotterdam as its testing ground. Using the School’s methodological triad of Research, Stories and Strategies we 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. Read more…
With this one-week course we aim to make visible what is invisible from the official imagery of the city. We want to confront the city with its own reality, perhaps with its own impending demise, in order to force a debate. The artist and photographer Ruben Dario Kleimeer, who has developed his reputation and craft with reportages on the aggressive growth of Chinese cities, together with Crimson Historians and Urbanists, will join with the participants in documenting and visualizing the landscape of fossil energy and economy in the Rotterdam area. The main result of the workshop will be a set of photographic images that complement a set of maps and statistics. Together they will make an honest portrait of a side of our western European economy that, even if it is being obscured from view, still dominates the way we live and breathe.
The studio is open to a wide array of people, students and professionals, with a creative, research, journalistic or technical background. Photographic skills are not required, a visual imagination however is. The workshop will culminate in a photography exhibition and a debate with city officials, planners and researchers. Read more…
FILM & ARCHITECTURE STUDIO
Crash course on filmmaking in relation to city and architecture, organized in collaboration with the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam. The studio offers a comprehensive way to use cinematic language in architecture and urban design. From research, scriptwriting and storyboarding, to filming and post production. The course focuses on learning and understanding the narrative of filmmaking and its application in the design process, a hands-on studio in which students will be structuring stories and going through all stages of filmmaking. Read more…
In the summer of 2020, the Independent School for the City will organize a 2-Week summer school. More information concerning the exact dates and programme will follow soon.
SPRING SCHOOL18—25 march 2019
The Spring School 'Borders are for Crossing' is an eight-day program organized by the Independent School for the City and CANactions School, exploring how the intra-European transfer of people, ideas, goods and finances effects spatial, social, economic and political conditions in a western city. Together with an international group of participants and a multidisciplinary team of tutors and lecturers, students will examine manifestations of migration and develop integrated urban strategies for an urban renewal area in the city of Rotterdam: Oud and Nieuw-Mathenesse — a former workers area and harbour area between Rotterdam and Schiedam. The Spring School takes place from March 18-25 2019 at the Independent School for the City in Rotterdam. Read more...
SUMMER SCHOOL June 24 - July 5 2019 ‘Climate Utopia’
From June 24 until July 5 the spring school ‘Climate Utopia’ will settle in the Independent School for the City. After three weeks of research in the Fisher Centre NY, students from Syracuse School of Architecture will come to Rotterdam in order to gain a broad understanding of climate change in the US and Europe.
To get a sense of how climate change radically changes the living conditions – the habitat- on the planet and in particular in landscapes affected by fire, floods, erosion, earthquakes and heat. Ultimately these insights lead to design and develop new proposals for habitats, and housing in particular, that can handle these extreme conditions in various contexts. Learning from both the US and Europe gives an insight in how people have tried to adapt to their changing local conditions and how climate change, migration and the need for housing form the critical triptych for the 21st century. In this studio we’ll go from regional landscapes to ventilation shafts, roofs and windows, and back again to find out the interdependencies
The Summer School Climate Utopia is organized by the Independent School for the City and Syracuse School of Architecture for students who take part in Syracuse’s Architecture programme. Read more...