About the Programme
Starting on 31 January 2022, this intensive 12week course in contemporary urbanism takes the modern city as its subject and Rotterdam as its testing ground. It will explore the urban dynamics by bringing together different disciplines from historical research to artistic expression.
Participants in the programme will delve into the inescapable contradictions and complexities of the contemporary city. Using Rotterdam as a pars pro toto for many other cities in the world, we’ll be looking beyond its current popularity and trying to see the city as it really is, and as we can imagine it to become. Collectively we’ll explore the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead of us, but also look explicitly at the character of the city. This is not only defined by its trendy restaurants and iconic buildings, but also by its sharp edges. It’s a place that can be old, new, dirty and beautiful at the same time. It is this complexity that we love, and which simultaneously poses challenges for our city.
This intensive programme includes a series of lectures, excursions and workshops focusing on specific research methods and pressing social issues such as Climate, Migration, Crime and Inequality in relation to our urban surroundings. Participating in the programme gives you the opportunity to meet a diverse team of urban specialists, designers and researchers. You’ll work together in a community of learning where you will have the freedom to deepen your knowledge and to develop your own position towards the pressing urban issues of our time.
Apply before December 6.
The programme is open to everyone who professionally deals with the city. From architects to sociologists, from urban designers to historians and from artist to developers.
You can apply for the Dirty Old Town programme by sending a motivation (1A4), your CV (max 2mb) and examples of previous work (max 8mb/5 pages) to [email protected]
The Independent School for the City is a platform for urban professionals to explore the complexity and contradictions of the global city. Social Sciences, Economy, Planning, Design, History and other "urban studies" are brought together in a trans-disciplinary community of learning. The school has deep roots and a strong presence in the city of Rotterdam and is part of a wide and diverse international network of practices and institutions. It is rooted in the practice of Crimson Historians & Urbanists and Z.U.S of combining a critical, activist approach to the city with effecting real change through architectural and planning projects. Blurring the line between critique and practice, research and policy and a strong belief in an incremental instead of a tabula rasa approach to city planning.