independent school for the city


The Independent School for the City organizes various public events, addressing topics that respond 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.
Jun 09

A public conversation with renowned director of photography Thomas Kist and Jord den Hollander. Friday 09 June 2023, 18:00 – 19:30.
Entrance: 5 Euro. Get your tickets here


Jun 20

A public conversation with Rick ten Doeschate, Ninke Happel, Job Floris, Jaakko van t Spijker and others, on the political perspective of representation and the formal expression of public buildings. Tuesday 20th of June, 19:00 – 21:00. Tickets for the separate events are available for 17,50 euro and include a simple dinner. Doors open and dinner served from 18:00h onward.  Get your tickets here


Jun 23

We are thrilled to invite you for our upcoming School Party!! Join us on Friday the 23rd of June for an evening with presentations, music, performances, drinks, DJ’s, cocktails, bites and more! All centred around the theme “Hot in the City”. Tickets are available for 5 Euro here


Jun 28

Public Talk about the future of Rotterdam Southern garden cities (in Dutch). Organised in collaboration with Platform Wederopbouw Rotterdam and AIR. Tickets: 5 Euro available here (including welcome drink)

Sep 29

In a world dominated by globalisation, automation and consumption, there is real need for authenticity. Making something yourself, alone or as part of a community of makers even feels like an act of resistance. Knitting, crocheting, pottery or needlepoint becomes a willful retreat from the destructive and alienating forces of capitalist economy. Activism becomes craftivism. Betsy Green is a maker, a speaker, a teacher and an activist who is the most eloquent representative of this movement and she will take us on her journey from the world to knitting needle and back again.

Friday 29 September 2023. Doors open at 18:00. Events starts at 19:00. Tickets available for 5 euro. Get them here

Oct 27

Can architecture be more than parachuting shiny objects into the city? Djamel Klouche believes so. Not the object or its iconography is the object of his fascination, but the city as a living organism of forms, spaces, shapes and people, in which architecture should be precisely inserted. His office, L’AUC, finds urbanity anywhere, not just in the precious inner cities, but also in the post war banlieues and the post-industrial wastelands on the edges of the metropolis. Their mission is to understand the contemporary city, through architecture.


Friday 27 October 2023. Doors open at 18:00. Events starts at 19:00. Tickets available for 5 euro.

Nov 24

Do architects rearrange the city according to their own models and methods, and do we just live in it? Eva Pfannes of the architecture office  Ooze, doesn’t think so. Ooze believes that space is subjective, and that changing it is a matter of personal politics. Therefore Ooze works across all scales, from the ephemeral art project, to the large scale urbanist or architectural project. A sense of urban poetry is what binds their work together and what allows their projects to get under the skin of the urban dweller.

Friday 24 November 2023. Doors open at 18:00. Events starts at 19:00. Tickets available for 5 euro.