Wouter Vanstiphout at Brno University

In October 2012, Wouter Vanstiphout traveled to Czech Republic to give a lecture at Brno University, as part of the lecture series ‘Contesting Space / Architecture as a Social Practice’ about architecture and city-making as an inherently political issue and architecture as a social practice. Wouter talked about New Towns and about Riots under the title ‘The Banality of Good.‘ Watch it here.

Wouter Vanstiphout at the 9th World in Denmark conference

Wouter Vanstiphout will be a keynote speaker at the ‘9th World in Denmark conference – HERE COMES THE SUN…’, coming Friday 21/06 at the Copenhagen University. The 9th World in Denmark conference sets out to explore possible futures of the post-war city’s open spaces as an essential constituent element of urban development for the welfare state as experienced in Scandinavia and elsewhere in Europe. However, the ideological foundations of the welfare state – in terms of conceptions of democracy, health and equality – are ever changing. From the 1920s onwards, open spaces became the goal and the means of a… Read More


Can we benefit from failure? Can dystopia be productive? Is there a future for architecture criticism? These and other questions will be asked during the event ‘Failed Architecture#10: Beyond Failure’ on Thursday 13 June, in Trouw/De Verdieping, Amsterdam. The event is organized by the research platform Failed Architecture who have been exploring the dark sides of architecture and urbanism, from long neglected industrial ruins and abandoned new towns to Britain’s riot-torn neighbourhoods and the corporate takeover in sell-out-cities. For Thursday they invited speakers as Ole Bouman, Matthias Böttger and Darryl Chen to explore a wide range of perspectives on the possible successes… Read More

Political Philosophy Seminar – Design as Politics

During next years autumn semester, Design as Politics will offer a complete new course: The Political Philosophy Seminar. Instructor is the Philosopher and Architect: Marta Relats. This philosophy seminar is aimed at solidifying the reasons why designs are created. Why is the world better with your design rather than without? The emphasis will be put on political philosophy and the economic theories related to it through design issues. This will be done by means of lectures, readings and little exercises in various fields: aesthetics, politics, economy, ethics and value theory among others. The seminar has two objectives: Firstly and most essentially, to provide an awareness of… Read More

Wouter Vanstiphout @ Strelka Talks

A few weeks ago, Wouter Vanstiphout was asked to speak for ‘Strelka Talks’ – a cool new initiative by the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, for which they invite speakers from various field for a 30 minute video talk on “critically important topics concerning contemporary cities and urban development.” Wouters gave a talk under the name “Damn the Masters’ Plan!”, based on our blame the architect lecture series where he analyses the complex correlation between certain types of urban development and the deeply rooted discontent of the citizens. Check it out! The Strelka Talks are curated by Anastassia… Read More

Lecture by Simone Rots

This Tuesday, we need you to wake up early for a cool lecture by Simone Rots -Director of Hofbogen BV and partner of Crimson Architecture Historians– on the transformation of the Hofplein train station and viaduct in the North of Rotterdam. Hofbogen BV was founded in 2006 when various housing corporations joined forces and purchased the Hofplein line railway viaduct from the Dutch Railways. The reason behind this move was the dominant presence of the viaduct in the urban area of Rotterdam North, an area that is extremely important to the corporations concerned. Due to its length, the viaduct crosses… Read More

Afaina de Jong on Visual storytelling

Last week, we organized the second workshop for our students participating in the “we the people” graduation studio. This time: a hands-on session by the multidisciplinary architect Afaina de Jong on Visual storytelling. During this workshop, Afaina de Jong – creator of the book  ‘For the People, By the People: A Visual Story of the DIY City’ – introduced the students to her vision on what architecture and the city can be in the 21st century with a DIY attitude at the heart of the city making process. She explained how photography could be used as a tool to register… Read More

Electoral geography by Josse de Voogd

For our graduation studio “We the people – Democracy, Architecture and the City”, we organized a series of workshops and lectures from professionals in the field. For the first session we invited Josse de Voogd – an independent researcher on electoral geography – who gave us a fresh, new perspective on the relation between voting behavior and the built environment: The electoral map of the Netherlands shows a multi-colored mosaic of different regions and neighbourhoods with their specific voting behaviour. Although the Netherlands is an egalitarian country, there is a remarkable segregation when it comes to voting behaviour and to… Read More

Urbanism Week 2012

On Thursday 27 and Friday 28 September, Polis Platform for Urbanism organizes the symposium ‘Second hand cities – re-thinking practice in times of standstill’ at the architecture faculty of Delft University of Technology. Wouter Vanstiphout will be one of the speakers, among Joan Busquets, Henk Ovink, Frits van Dongen and many others. The symposium is part of the urbanism week, a five-day series of activities in which Polis aims to form a platform for dialogue and discussion. The purpose of this years edition, is to get a better understanding of the situation that has crippled the world of urbanism &… Read More

Debat THEN/NOW #4

Aankomende donderdag (25 mei) zal het de debat ‘THEN/NOW #4: HET PUBLIEKE DOMEIN ALS POLITIEK MEDIUM?’ plaatsvinden in het NAi. Na een inleidende lezing van Cor Wagenaar zal Wouter Vanstiphout in debat gaan met Bernard Colenbrander, Ton Schaap en Albert Jan Kruiter op de vraag: is de stedelijke ruimte in staat uitdrukking te geven aan een glasheldere politieke boodschap die raakt aan de persoonlijke ambities van de burgers? Het publieke domein van de stad wordt gevormd door straten, pleinen, openbare en representatieve gebouwen. Ze zijn gemaakt voor gemeenschappelijk gebruik, maar het zijn ook de plekken waar de gemeenschap duidelijk maakt… Read More