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.
Great News! For School’s Out! #19 we have invited one of the most influential and famous landscape architects of the Netherlands: Adriaan Geuze. Geuze studied landscape architecture at the University of Wageningen, after which he founded the office for urban design and landscape architecture WEST8 in 1987. In 1990 Geuze won the Prix de Rome award and established an enormous reputation with his office on an international level with his unique approach to planning and design of the public environment. He states that 'the real future in today's debate about sustainability lies not in a political or philosophical dialogue about what we are protecting or how we are going to 'sustain' it, but rather how to actively create new ecologies. Creating land and then painting it: in many ways, this is the soul of Dutch culture'. School’s Out! #19 will take place on the 25th of June at 19.00 CET.
Adriaan Geuze attended the Agricultural University of Wageningen where he received a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture. In 1987 Adriaan Geuze was one of the founders of the award-winning international office WEST8. Amongst the numerous design awards that WEST8 has won, are the Dutch Maaskant Award in 1995, the Rosa Barba First European Landscape prize in 2002 and the Veronica Rudge Green Prize for Urban Design from the Harvard Design School in 2002. Internationally respected as a professor in Architecture and Urban Design, Geuze frequently lectures and teaches at universities worldwide. In 2005 Geuze was given the prestigious position of curator for the 2nd International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam and was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mondrian Fonds in 2011. With WEST8, Adriaan Geuze has been honoured with the success of winning various international design competitions such as Governors Island in New York, Playa de Palma in Mallorca, Toronto’s New Central Waterfront design in Canada, and Yongsan Park in Seoul, Korea.
For School's Out! #18 we invited Malu Borja from the Ecuadorian architecture collective Al Borde as our guest! Founded in 2007 in Quito, Al Borde is led by architects Pascual Gangotena, David Barragán, Maria Luisa Borja and Esteban Benavides.
The collective focuses on the human dimension of space achieved through a minimal resort to available resources. Drawing on the “ordinary”, they wish to expand the human condition by engaging people and communities in the design process, questioning the subjection of architecture to bureaucracy and capital. In 2015 they were nominated for the Design of the Year Award at the Design Museum in London and featured in landmark exhibitions such as “Think Global, Build Social! Architectures for a Better World” (Vienna, 2014) and “Reporting from the Front” at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.
On Friday the 28th of May we dove deeper into the principles of their collective. More info here
Previous School's Out!
Other previous events
30 April 2021
School's Out! #17 with Zvi Efrat
26 February 2021
School's Out! #15 with Pascale Sablan
29 January 2021
School's Out! #14 with Kilian Kleinschmidt
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.