School’s Out! is back! On the 24th of September we are organizing the first School Out! after the summer break. And you can now attend our monthly event in real life again!* We have a limited amount of 25 places available in the school, so make sure to get your tickets fast.
For this 20th edition of School’s Out! we’ve invited the architect, urban planner, and researcher Jan Willem Petersen, who will talk about his work in Afghanistan. Jan Willem travelled multiple times to this country between 2013 and 2016, where he scrutinized the international reconstruction efforts disguised as a local Afghan, aiming to gain a better understanding on the legacy of the schools, roads, mosques, clinics, government buildings, factories, markets, police stations, prisons and airports initiated by the Netherlands and how the interventions relate to the unruly Afghan reality. This resulted in the report ‘Uruzgan's Legacy: An exploration of the Dutch reconstruction results’ which he presented to the Dutch Chief of Defence, General Tom Middendorp. The document contains a detailed description of the results of the reconstruction projects undertaken by Task Force Uruzgan within the framework of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the period 2006-2010. The conclusions from the report – including the need to develop new spatial expertise in the field of reconstruction and reconstruction – have been endorsed by the Ministry of Defense and formed the basis for a long-term cooperation.
On the 24th of September Jan Willem will talk with us about his findings and how he managed to work in the turbulent Afghan context. He will talk about the role of the architect in reconstruction projects and will also reflect on his work based on the current developments in the country. Just like School’s Out! is supposed to be, we’ll wrap up the evening with a short movie, handpicked by AFFR curator Jord den Hollander, followed by drinks and tunes. Make sure to get you tickets fast. We only have 25 places!*
About Jan Willem Petersen
Jan Willem Petersen studied Architecture Design at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, and architecture and planning at the Architectural Association (AA) in London. In 2006 he founded the amsterdam-based office ‘Specialist Operations’ - an independent research and design office that supports governments, international organizations, and local communities by providing spatial analysis, strategic planning, in-depth urban research, and design. Jan Willen is a lecturer at the Royal Military Academy where he teaches the new generation of officers about design thinking. The Ministry of Defence thus endorses the importance of design as an integral part of the academic curriculum of up-and-coming engineers. Jan Willem Petersen has taught at sevevariousral universities and schools in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He is currently also a PHD candidate at Delft University of Technology where he works on the formulation of a manual on the basic principles of reconstruction in conflict areas for the Ministry of Defence. His research projects were made possible by the Dutch Armed Forces and the Creative Industries Fund NL.
18:00 - 19:00 Doors open, drinks, bites and tunes
19:00 - 20:00 Talk by Jan willem Petersen + Q&A
20:00 - 20:30 Short film, selected by Jord den Hollander
20:30 - 22:00 Drinks, bites and tunes
* This event is subject to Covid-19 measures. In order to enter the Independent School for the City, you need to be able to show us a corona test certificate on the Corona Check App. A corona test certificate is a vaccination certificate, a recovery certificate or a negative test of Tests for Access. More information about a corona test certificate can be found on the website of the central government. The corona test certificate is checked at the entrance. You will not be admitted to the location without this proof. You may be asked for your ID during the check. Please stay at home in case you have corona-related complaints