The Independent School for the City is a school in, of, and for the city. It builds on the conviction that strategies for the city - architectural and economic, spatial and social - should be based on real, first hand, empirical research. The Independent School for the City offers a variety of post-graduate educational programmes ranging from shorter one-day workshops and masterclasses to studio's of one or multiple weeks and an intensive 3 month programme on contemporary Urbanism. Below we'll give you and overview of our upcoming activities.
03-07/08/2020 with Failed Architecture
Cities are increasingly becoming smooth, scripted and completed urban landscapes, apparently freed from any kind of imperfection, abnormality or friction. The rise of the ‘smooth city’ is a major shift in the development of the city, and is closely related to similar processes of ‘smoothening’ in other domains, such as fashion or consumer technologies. For this one-week summerschool, the Independent School for the City has teamed up with René Boer and Mark Minkjan of Failed architecture to collectively research contemporary urban smoothness and explore what the consolidation of the ‘smooth city’ means for the conflictive, non-normative and subversive side of the 21st century polis? Does the ‘smooth city’ threaten the vitality of public domain, and even the democratic character of our cities? Register now!
13/08-25/09/2020 with Bart Gorter and Ernst van der Hoeven
From the beginning of civilization,weaving has played a cultural and artistic role in societies worldwide. Also the economic and scientific influence of the design and technology of looms has been significant: more than two centuries ago, the first punch cards were used on looms, which can rightfully be seen as the prerunners of the computer and formed the basis for the industrial revolution. This course offers the participants an exploration into the three-dimensional meaning of weaving on a huge, traditional Finnish weaving loom. It is a communal journey for which the Independent School for the City has teamed up with visual artist Bart Gorter, to understand the principles of weaving and to discover it as a metaphor for urban planning, for architecture and urbanism, for the computer, for the landscape and many more things. The course will result in one large monumental rug, collectively woven by the participants. Participants will extend the rug by weaving in duo’s. Register now!
30/09-03/10/2020 with the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam
FILM AND ARCHITECTURE STUDIO
After a successful first edition, we have joined forces again with the AFFR to organize the Film and Architecture Studio supervised by curator and filmmaker Jord den Hollander. The Film & Architecture Studio offers a comprehensive way to use cinematic language in architecture and urban design. The course focuses on learning and understanding the narrative of filmmaking. It is a condensed course that offers new ways of researching the built environment and turning this research into gripping stories. The Film & Architecture Studio is a hands-on event in which students will structure stories and go through all stages of filmmaking. The course is open to students and professionals in the fields of film, architecture and urbanism. More information will follow soon.