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Urbanism

Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining

NDVR

Antwerp-based urban design office NDVR (pronounced as ‘endeavor’) is working on the redevelopment of the Slaughterhouse site in the city’s Damwijk district. Their continuous search for a new role of the urban planner in contemporary society got them involved with Stadsklas, a spring school on DIY urbanism hosted by Stroom The Hague. We spoke with Tim Devos and Seppe De Blust, both from NDVR, about how you could use problems to make a change.

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These Cities Are Made For Watchin’

Watch Dogs

Watch Dogs, by Ubisoft, has finally come out. In this game, you play an urban hacker in Chicago, who can hack into the operating system of the city and turn the very built environment into a weapon. We have talked about the game earlier in the context of how data-driven urban infrastructures create new possibilities of looking at the city and acting in it — for governments, citizens and hackers.

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  • How Mobile Kiosks And Craft Beers Can Drive Urban Transformation

    Binckse Belofte: a craft beer brewed in Binckhorst

    On 26th May, artist and urban curator Sabrina Lindemann will be leading a Stadsklas session in Binckhorst in The Hague, a former industrial site that’s undergoing a process of transformation. Lindemann’s project agency OpTrek aims to play a substantial role in the urban revitalization process by opening up the area through a number of varied and creative interventions, varying from a kiosk strategy to the launch of a local Binckhorst beer brand.

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    How Indie Architects Revitalize An Area From The Inside Out

    Architecture firm ZUS is headquartered in the Schieblock building, one of central hubs in the area. On the right you see a part of the Luchtsingel

    The most effective way to bring positive change to an area is through personal understanding of problems as well as involvement and investment in solutions, but how does one go about accomplishing this? Architecture firm ZUS and urban strategist team Stipo have been responsible for extensive bottom-up spatial planning projects in Rotterdam. Together, they will utilize the city of Rotterdam as their classroom to explore these concepts in the fifth installment of Stadsklas on May 22nd.

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  • How Online Media Become City-Making Tools

    Stadsklas

    Together with The Hague architecture institute Stroom we’re organizing the Stadsklas, a spring school that teaches innovative and curious individuals interested in cities and design the ins and outs of DIY urbanism. The series will span six days of learning in May, with each day set in a different location. Trend-setting city-makers will take the participants on a…

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    Mellowcabs Shows That Taxis Can Be Free

    Mellowcabs

    In an age of traffic congestion, carbon emissions and poor public transport integration with high costs, cities around the world are being forced to rethink traditional means of transport. In response to this, Mellowcabs have emerged in South Africa, electric vehicles with advertisements on them that provide free ‘micro transport’ for commuters within a three-kilometer radius.

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    Neighborhood Box Shop Boosts Local Economy In Rotterdam

    The Wijkwaardenhuis features products and services from local entrepreneurs

    How to create neighborhood involvement and participation, how to keep it? And how can this local involvement and participation eventually contribute to the quality of a city? During the first Stadsklas course on Thursday May 8th, artist Jeanne van Heeswijk will tell you all about it in Rotterdam, where she founded the Freehouse foundation, an initiative to boost cultural consciousness and economic capacity.

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