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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Turning Street-Side Trash Into Nomadic Homes

Homeless Homes Project

The overload of dumped waste on the streets of Oakland has inspired Gregory Kloehn to create a series of tiny mobile houses. Created from all sorts of trash, the artist’s one-of-a-kind accommodations are meant to give the city’s homeless a modest accommodation. With the Homeless Homes Project, Kloehn wants to prove that building an own house is possible without money and with a lot of creativity.

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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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Love Hotels: The Hidden Fantasy Rooms Of Japan

Love Hotels: The Hidden Fantasy Rooms of Japan

Some time ago I found a ten-years old book at some flea market called Love Hotels: The Hidden Fantasy Rooms of Japan. I really wanted to have it as the book uncovers and extensively documents one of Japan’s most remarkable urban phenomena: love hotels. Created by photographer Misty Keasler, Love Hotels shows you a glimpse of those places that you (probably) never enter, let alone know of.

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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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