Urban Century Audiovisual Archive

That’s how we like it. Tons of movies, documentaries, lectures and discussions on the urban condition, all availible for free. As part of the Urban Century project the VPRO provides an excellent, ever evolving audiovisual archive. The footage is accessible as free download, stream, torrent or podcast. You can select content wheather by geographical location,…

Interview with James C. Scott at Masters of Intervention IV

This seasons’ Masters of Intervention series culminated in the last lecture hosted by Yale sterling professor James C. Scott.  The lecture focused on his recent research on the hill people of Zomia in South East Asia. Scott presented the argument that the practice of living dispersed and mobilised, which historically was all coded as being…

Intervention: De Kast van Noord: An exchange closet

by Koen Elzerman Students Joeri Jörg and Koen Elzerman initiated a place where people can leave items (clothes, books, sleeping-bags and domestic products) which they do not need anymore, while other people still might be happy with it. In this manner people can contribute to the daily-struggle that people have to cope with their limited…

Publication ‘Ruimte maken voor krimp’

Laatst week the results of the research conducted by Ontwerplab Krimp in three different areas in the Netherlands have been presented at NAi. The research was focused on shrinking cities and, in contrast to the most research on the topic until today, on the opportunities and chances these developments bring with them. You can download…

Project: 49 cities

More control, more monumental, more effective or taller, denser, greener. Throughout history architects and planners have dreamed of ‘better’ and ‘different’ cities. The 49 cities project is reviewing the history of utopian urbanism, all the way from the Roman City up to the great utopian projects of the 20th century. What if these radical plans…

Alex Scordelis at yesterdays Masters of Intervention

Here are the first impressions of yesterdays Masters of Intervention lecture with Alex Scordelis from Improv Everywhere at De Balie in Amsterdam. As you know, we are not only engaging in thinking and talking, but we are also willing to take action on our way to a braver society. And the action is about to…

Masters of Intervention #3 Alexander Scordelis

The University of Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Municipality, Ymere and the Office for Social Engineering present: Masters of Intervention Social Engineering in the Amsterdam Metropolis Tuesday April 21 2009 20.00, drinks afterwards Grote Zaal, De Balie Improv City Alexander Scordelis To what extent can a brave city be planned? History shows that Dream + Power +…

Launch of Volume #19: Architecture of Hope

Vandaag wordt de nieuwe editie van Volume#19: Architecture of Hope in het kader van de Masters of Intervention serie gepresenteerd. met bijdragen van… Volume Design2Context NoAcademy

Close up…Nader Vossoughian

Aanstaande zondag geeft Nader Vossoughian in het kader van P!oneers een Masterclass in Felix Meritis. Voorafgaand alvast een kijkje in de keuken van deze controversiële filosoof en architectuurcriticus. Vossoughian heeft een sterke visie over de implicaties van de hedendaagse kenniseconomie. Is onwetendheid bewonderenswaardig of moeten we aansturen op het ontwikkelen van een participerende gemeenschap?  Kunnen…

Stefano Boeri over verticale bossen en wilde dieren

Na afloop van de eerste ‘Masters of Intervention’ lezing van de minor ‘Maakbaarheid in de Grote Stad 2009’ gaf Stefano Boeri uitleg over zijn visie op de Nederlandse steden der toekomst. Stefano Boeri in gesprek met Floris Alberse (VPRO)

Boeri in the picture

Videoverslag van de lezing van Stefano Boeri in het kader van de ‘Masters of Intervention’ serie in DeBalie, 18 maart 2009. Intro Intro II Lezing Q&A

Maakbaarheid in Folia

In editie 21 besteedt Folia aandacht aan de minor Maakbaarheid in de Grote Stad. Lees hierboven (of als de uitvergroting niet werkt hier) het interview met docent Joost Janmaat.