Open Call Spring School 'Borders are for Crossing'

‘Borders are for Crossing’
18—25 March, 2019

CANactions School and the Independent School for the City are happy to announce the Open Call to its first Spring School ‘Borders are for Crossing’!

Post graduate students from all over the world with a background in urban studies such as Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, Architectural History, Sociology, Anthropology, Political and Cultural Studies, Arts and Media, and other related fields are invited to apply.

The Spring School ‘Borders are for Crossing’ is an eight-day program organized by the Independent School for the City and CANactions School, exploring how the intra-European transfer of people, ideas, goods and finances effects spatial, social, economic and political conditions in a western city. Together with an international group of participants and a multidisciplinary team of tutors and lecturers, you will research manifestations of migration and develop stories, strategies and actions for an urban renewal area in the City of Rotterdam: Oud and Nieuw Mathenesse, former workers and harbour areas between Rotterdam and Schiedam.

What will you learn?

This Spring School builds upon the expertise of various institutions and practices in both Ukraine and the Netherlands. The Independent School for the City, which is based in the Rotterdam and rooted in the practices of Crimson Historians & Urbanists and ZUS (Zones Urbaines Sensibles), combines a critical, activist approach to the city with effecting real change through architectural and planning projects. CANactions School runs interdisciplinary research-and-design programs investigating and reflecting on the western (EU) and eastern (CEE) urban planning and architecture practice in the context of local and global challenges the cities are facing nowadays.

By participating in the Spring School, you will be introduced the methodology of both institutions by gaining a better understanding of the city's invisible realities and underlying dynamics. You learn how to reveal them and to interact with them in order to develop inclusive and sustainable urban strategies. This is done by looking at the impact of migration from East to West on the selected urban area of Oud-Mathenesse. Moreover, working in mixed groups will facilitate professional and cultural exchange between the Spring School participants from all over the world.

Application and costs

You can apply by submitting the application form below including your full name, email address, phone number, CV, a motivation letter (max 1xA4 / 400 words) and examples of your previous work (max 4xA4).
The application deadline is on 4 February 2019. Selection will take place based on the provided documents and your motivation while considering a professional and cultural diversity within the group. The selected participants are announced on the 11th of February 2019.

The registration fee is € 500 (including VAT) and includes field trips, lectures, study materials and bike rental. Travel to the Netherlands, accommodation and cost of living are not included.

Organizers: CANactions School (UA / NL), The Independent School for the City (NL)

Dates: March 18—25, 2019

Location: The Independent School for the City (Rotterdam, NL)

Course Directors: Mirjam Niemeyer (CANactions School), Vladyslav Tyminskyi (CANactions School), Michelle Provoost (Independent School for the City), Mike Emmerik (Independent School for the City)

Participants: Up to 30 Master-students and graduates from the fields of Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, Architecture History, Sociology, Anthropology, Political and Cultural Studies, Arts and Media, and other related fields. Minimum of 15 participants required.

Language: English

Fee: € 500

Application deadline: February 4th, 2019 (23:59 CET)

Detailed information:

Download the information related to this competition here.

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