Crimson Historians and UrbanistsCrimson Historians and Urbanists is Ewout Dorman, Mike Emmerik, Annuska Pronkhorst, Michelle Provoost, Simone Rots, Wouter Vanstiphout and Cassandra Wilkins. Since 1994, when Crimson published its first books and became part of the urban planning team for the extension of Utrecht ’Leidse Rijn’, the office has developed a hybrid practice with a background in architectural history that focusses on the contemporary city. Crimson designs for the city, researches it, writes texts and books about it, shows it in exhibitions and works of art, teaches about it, gives advice on it and makes policies for it. crimsonweb.org
ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles]Founded in 2001 by Elma van Boxel and Kristian Koreman, ZUS is an interdisciplinary design bureau for city and landscape, with offices in Rotterdam and New York. ZUS is currently working with an international team on a metropolitan vision for Marseille (France), a plan for the New Meadowlands in New Jersey (US), and the design for a music venue and a cinema in Rotterdam (NL). Their unsolicited advice and activist attitude saw them win the Maaskant Prize for Young Architects and receive a nomination for Architect of the Year in 2012. They are Visiting Professors at Syracuse University School of Architecture, lead the 'Gentrification Lab NYC' and are publishing a new book, “City of Permanent Temporality – Incomplete & Unfinished” (January 2019). zus.cc
De Dépendance. Platform for City Culture and Public Debate (Rotterdam). De Dépendance is housed in the Independent School for the City and actively involved in co-organizing and co-curating the public School’s Out program. dedependance.eu
CANactions School for Urban Studies is co-organizer of the upcoming Spring School. Since 2015 CANactions has been running educational programs, trainings and workshops in the field of urban studies, urban development and strategic spatial planning in Kiev, Ukraine. canactions.com
Syracuse University – School of Architecture is co-organizer of the upcoming Summer School. soa.syr.edu
Team Thursday. The visual identity of the Independent School for the City is designed by graphic design studio Team Thursday (Simone Trum en Loes van Esch). They will also play an active role in the Schools’ Curriculum. teamthursday.com
The Independent School will be assisted by an interdisciplinary group of experts who will also act as Masters in the educational Curriculum. The Advisory Board meets regularly to reflect on the preliminary results of the School, to discuss and refine the program. The group consists of: Herman Kossmann, Jord den Hollander, Arnold Reijndorp, Gerard Hadders, Edith Gruson and Thijs Barendse.