Stipo released a new book The City at Eye Level: Lessons for Street Plinths and it is now available for free download or hard-copy. The book, a collaborative effort of five editors and 43 professional contributors from The Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, USA, UK and Germany, delves deeply into the concepts, philosophy, and strategies behind planning the ground floors (“plinths”) of urban environments.
Rotterdam Bright Future - An anthropological quest to arrival city Rotterdam
Rotterdam arrival city explored
On the 25th, 26th and 27th of April 2012 an international group of urban planners, sociologists, architects en other interested professionals met to explore the Arrival City Rotterdam.
A plinth is the ground floor facade of a building. It is a building’s most crucial part for the city at eye level. What do you as pedestrian experience when you look around?
Thinking in terms of value chains is becoming more and more important for the creative economy. This has consequences for cities in organising their creative hotspots. After all, where can you find THE hotspot for architects? Or for fashion designers? Quality, incubation and up-or-out systems play an important role in a new strategy for incubators. Together with the creative sector in Amsterdam, Stipo has come up with advice for the Amsterdam Bureau Broedplaatsen (The Creative Hotspots Team). It will now become a major cornerstone in Amsterdam’s strategy for the creative industries.
In the coming period, Stipo will animate the international debate on this subject during INTA's Communities of Competence.
Exploring the Arrival City & urban planning after the crisis
An Urban Anthropological Quest to Rotterdam
You are invited to an urban anthropological field trip to see and experience the insides of Rotterdam.
A jam-packed 3-day exchange in East London with over 50 international professionals. We joined together with prominent urban thinkers to find new, bottom-up strategies for urban and community development after the crisis.
For three days in early November, Inspiring Cities & Wonderful World is organizing a diverse agenda to explore some of East London's most innovative redevelopment projects and creative voices.
In April 2011 an interdisciplinary group of Dutch and Flemish professionals discovered in Dublin new insights and solutions for city planning and development during and after the crisis.
Home is not where you were born, but where you eat and live
An evening about homeliness in the Afrikaanderwijk in Rotterdam
On the 18 november Inspiring Cities, YD+I and The Urban Country Club went on an quest to discover the meaning of homeliness in the Afrikaanderwijk in Rotterdam. Read more about the results of the evening.
From making a city to being a city, seeking a new design and strategy for cities
The spontaneous city
Behind the spontaneous, organic, catalyzing or naturally renewing city hides an underlying movement from (planned) urban expansion to the (more organic) renewal of existing urban structures: from ‘making a city’ to ‘being a city’. This brings up new tensions and questions both in design and in strategy.
The Museum Quarter is a unique location in Amsterdam: it comprises no fewer than four world-class cultural institutions. What needs to be done to get Museum Square and the surrounding area in shape before the museums re-open? How can we make this into a metropolitan location that is better equipped to welcome future visitors? A vision of the identity, structuring and programming for the cultural heart of Amsterdam.
It takes two to tango - combining private and governmental initiative in the development of cultural squares
Joint programming for cultural squares
New plans and policies for the squares in the four major Dutch cities have been drafted previous years. Government and cultural organizations engaged in joint programming. Stipo and Inspiring Cities organized a meeting on this topic.
The Internationale Architectuurbiënnale Rotterdam (IABR) and the ArchitectuurFilmFestival Rotterdam (AFFR) calls for submission of projects that contribute to the new urban thinking.
Talking sticks are used in talking circles by native people in North America to solve problems. It is a very efficient way to overcome barriers en allow people to express themselves with complete freedom.
Planning creativity, culture and cities often leads to hyped tunnel visions, in which the cultural creatives are viewed from the economic point of view mostly. This is a shame, says Charles Landry, for culture is much more than economic value or the rise of the creative industries. Landry pleas for a city to use the creativity of many "to become the best and most imaginative city for the world - not the most creative city in the world".
In Comillas (North of Spain) a wondelfull example of interactive art in the public space. Yellow pipes challenge people to do something creative... And that happens a lot. Fantastic! The pictures speak for themselves.