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.
Apr 19

A conversation between Lara Schrijver and art historian and author Camiel van Winkel about his latest publication Lichaam en Steen: Over film (Body and Stone: About film).

In this book, the film medium figures as the unconscious of culture. Van Winkel takes it seriously as an art form with a value in itself, but at the same time, he interprets it as a reflection of symptoms and effects of cultural dilemmas and taboos. He watches films but also looks through them. With a view trained in contemporary art and dance, Van Winkel interprets films by diverse directors such as Steve McQueen and Nicolas Provost, Ursula Antoniak and Michael Haneke, Tobe Hooper and Ilya Chrzjanovski, Lars von Trier and Chantal Akerman, Gus Van Sant and Erik Poppe.

May 07

Documentary and debate of the screening “Future Made in Holland” on the legacy of past spatial and engineering projects and the future perspectives these empower in citizens. Part of Reporting space, time and everyday life in the Delta organized by TUDelft Climate Action Film Club. Tuesday 7 May 2024, 19:00 – 21:00. Tickets can be reserved here for free.

May 31

Drinks, tunes, bites and a lecture by architect, urban designer and filmmaker Rohan Shivkumar. The talk will explore the intertwined histories – of image making and the evolution of the city of Mumbai.

Mumbai is often more myth than place. Every street and square is haunted by images – from the past and the future. These images shape the way we see who we are, and what we are going to be. They come from the world of cinema, television, poetry, urban design and architecture and promise the unfettered freedom of modernity on the streets, but also its inverse- the dark dungeon of crime filled alleys. These are intertwined with the everyday life of its inhabitants and affects the way the city grows. This has been particularly true across the twentieth century during which both its population and its role as the centre for the Hindi film industry grew rapidly.

Jun 28

This School’s Out! with Wouter Vanstiphout is the book presentation of ‘Autonoom: 100% Carel Weeber’ a detailed architect’s biography and a richly illustrated architectural monograph, bringing together life and work of Weeber. According to Vanstiphout, the common thread in this story is “that from the beginning of his professional career, Carel Weeber consciously adopted the attitude of an outsider and paradoxically, through the almost theatrical elaboration of this attitude, has had a great influence on Dutch architecture and its institutions.” The evening includes a film program, followed by drinks and bites.