The Independent School for the City organizes various public events, addressing topics that responds to current relevant issues in urbanisation, and offers a platform to other organisation dealing with the city. The events are accessible to all 'urban' professionals in Rotterdam and beyond.
We’re happy to announce Kilian Kleinschmidt as our guest during School’s Out! #14! on Friday 29 January!
Kleinschmidt is one of the best known and most published experts in the world on migration, development and refugees. In a time in which our world has shrunk and we are mainly concerned with the problems in our own daily lives, he will put our mind to this other major global problem: the still ongoing worldwide refugee crisis. Having more than 30 years of experience as a migration expert, Kleinschmidt knows the current state of the refugee crisis as no one else. We will talk with him about new tactics and ways to deal with migration in the light of current global developments, migration as a permanent phenomenon, the myth of return, the need to professionalize aid work and how to turn a crisis into opportunities.
Together with Killian Kleinschmidt we will explore what this means for our migration strategies, urbanisation and our cities.
Kilian Kleinschmidt has over 30 years of experience as a development and migration expert. In 2013, he was dubbed the Mayor of Zaatari as manager of the world’s second-largest refugee camp and the largest camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan on behalf of UNHCR. He has achieved the impossible, transforming Za’atari from a chaotic and crime-ridden place to a thriving and stable community ready for its transition to the next phase of its development. The camp has under his leadership become a symbol for new and innovative approaches in refugee and humanitarian management.
Now based in Tunis, he is CEO of “Innovation and Planning Agency” (IPA-Switxboard) and has co-initiated the SDZ Alliance, which promotes innovative cities and settlements for refugees and migrants. He now aims at connecting the millions of poor and dispossessed with the idle and under-utilized resources and modern technologies of the 21st century. He is part of several art projects and various initiatives that aim at global connectivity through the better use of globalization. His work on emerging cities and urbanization is widely recognized.
Previous School's Out!
Other previous events
25 September 2020
School's Out! #11 with Reinier de Graaf
29 February 2020
School's Out! #10 with Momoyo Kaijima
24 January 2020
School Party + talk by Sam Jacob
29 November 2019
School's Out! #9 with Petra Blaisse
25 October 2019
School's Out! #8 with Alfredo Brillembourg and WLDRF
27 September 2019
School's Out! #7 with Liza Fior
28 June 2019
School's Out! #6 with Georgeen Theodore
31 May 2019
School's Out! #5 with Peter Barber
26 April 2019
School's Out! #4 with Dore van Duivenbode
29 March 2019
School's Out! #3 with Lesley Lokko
22 February 2019
School's Out! #2 with Dirk Sijmons
25 January 2019
School's Out! #1 with Maria Lisogorskaya
Tuesday 21 January 2020
Public Lecture Central District by Platform Wederopbouw Rotterdam
22 November 2019
American planning association Benelux Meetup
3 October 2019
New Territorial Narratives - Symposium on photography as a research tool. With Urban Reports, Theo Baart and the Nederlands Fotomuseum.
26 September 2019
Post 65: Verkenning naar erfgoed uit 1965–1990
11 July 2019
Book presentation: City of Comings and Goings by Crimson
6 June 2019
Expert Meeting 'Wie betaald de stad' with Vers Beton
31 May 2019
Workshop Rotterdamse Dakendagen
11 April 2019
‘Dutch Designs for a Cycling Country’, Presentation of results organised by Board of Government Advisors
10 April 2019
Expert meeting with Ben Judah
9 April 2019
Platform Wederopbouw, focus group reconstruction of the Rotterdam Central District area.
7 March 2019
Archiprix Rotterdam Meeting and presentation on M4H, Nieuw Mathenesse
14 February 2019
Groeikernenkring with the International New Town Institute
26 January 2019
Workshop ‘Pouring Concrete Planters’ by Maria Lisogorskaya (Assemble) & Tomas Dirrix
16 November 2018
TU Delft Minor ‘House for the future’ presentation of results
International New Town Day 2018, ‘New Town Boom Town’
19 October 2018
Opening event Independent School for the City.