2018 Graduation Presentations

Yes, It’s that time of the year! The students participating in the second edition of our ‘City of Comings and Goings’ graduation studio are wrapping up their work and will present their results of a year long research and design, during the coming weeks. Join us in case you’re interested! Gereon Rolvering (Urbanism) will present his project based in Nairobi on Thursday 28 June, 15:00 in Room-R. Selina Abraham (Urbanism) will show her work for the Mumbai Metropolitan region on Friday 29th at 10:30 in Room-P. Serah Calitz (Architecture) will show her project on Chinese urbanization in Africa on Monday… Read More

Design as Politics and INTI @ World Urban Forum

We are very happy to announce that Design as Politics and the International New Town Institute will collectively host a side event at the upcoming World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur! During this event, we will present our first ideas concerning a multi-year research by design project, focused on one of the fastest urbanizing regions in the world: the African west coast – between Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria – where more than a dozen agglomerations with millions of inhabitants are stretched over an area of approximately 500 miles. This creates an urban area with a potential coherence and accumulative value… Read More

Good Design for a Bad World: Refugees

During this year’s edition of the Dutch Design Week, design platform ‘Dezeen’ organized a series of talks as part of their Good Design for a Bad World series. One session was concentrated on the topic of migration and how architecture and design could help tackle issues arising from population movement. The panel consisted of humanitarian expert Kilian Kleinschmidt, architecture critic Rene Boer and architecture historian Michelle Provoost of Crimson Architectural Historians – our partner in the city of Comings and Goings research project. The panel called for more intelligent, joined-up solutions and fewer token gestures. To not “design yet another… Read More

International Social Housing Festival: Migration and mobility in cities in the West

As part of the International Social Housing Festival, Crimson Architectural Historians and the ISHF research team are collectively organizing an event about Migration and mobility in cities in the West. All over the world, cities are challenged to accommodate newcomers. This not only contributes to the current refugee crisis in Europe, but also to the preexisting urgent need for temporary accommodation for migrant workers and an increasing demand for flexible housing. Our cities are increasingly defined by the dynamics of temporary inhabitants: expats, refugees, international students, and migrant workers moving in and out. The influx of individuals to cities is expected to be… Read More

AirportCity or #FortEU: Workshop with FailedArchitecture

In December we asked Michiel van Iersel, Rene Boer and Mark Minkjan of the research collective Failed architecture to organize a workshop for our graduation students taking part in the studio  ‘A City of Comings and Goings’. They came with the idea to focus this workshop on the border landscape of Schiphol Airport, the main hub for migration to and from The Netherlands. Together with the Rotterdam Harbor, Schiphol is one of the ‘mainports’ of the Netherlands. Since its origins, exactly one hundred years ago, the airport has become one of the leading aviation hubs in the world. Almost operating… Read More

Workshop: Democratic integration in Feijenoord, Rotterdam

As part of the graduation studio ‘A City of Comings and Goings – Designing for Migration and Mobility’ a workshop was organized by Design as Politics PhD candidates Nurul Azlan and Els Leclercq about political and democratic integration of inhabitants with a migrant background in the neighbourhood Feijenoord in Rotterdam-South. Just as in many European countries, the influx of refugees in the Netherlands is a prominent issue in the social-political debate. Opponents often refer to the failed integration of migrants who came to the country in the ‘60’s, of mostly Moroccan and Turkish origin. The long-term impact of inhabitants with… Read More

The 500-mile City

The rise of globalisation, the development of internet and the culture of connectivity, increased mobility, and above all, the growth of the global city have radically changed the way we think about migration, citizenship and the nation state. Today, these global cities and nation states are transforming in very different ways. While the nation state is declining – not the concept, but the reality – the global city is expanding.  During the past decade, scientists have compared the data of Facebook users’ place of birth with their current residential address, in order to reveal the top 10 cities that have… Read More