CANactions
Spring School 'Borders are for Crossing'
The program is aimed to explore 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, participants 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. The Program is orginised together with the Independent School of the City, NL.
Type: International workshop


Duration: 17-25 March, 2019
Format: 9-days full-time program


Language: English
Location: Rotterdam, NL


Number of Participants: 28
About
The Spring School is aimed to explore the invisible realities related to the migration from the East and to uncover their traces within Rotterdam — a city which is increasingly becoming more popular, but at the same time faces challenges such as gentrification and displacement. Subject of study are the harbour terrains of Nieuw-Mathenesse which lie adjacent to the workers' neighbourhood of Oud-Mathenesse in between Rotterdam and Schiedam, where many migrants from the East have settled. Considering the popularity of the city it is to be expected that both areas will transform within the near future. To this end, new ideas and strategies are needed. By revealing the underlying dynamics of the city the Program is aimed to gain a better understanding of the city of Rotterdam and develop integrated urban strategies that are more inclusive and sustainable.

In the framework of the Spring School, participants challenge and link Architecture, Urbanism, Sociology, History, and Policy-making, learn and practice the principles of the integrated approach to elaborate strategies based on the key findings of the interdisciplinary and multiscale empirical research.

The proposed methodology advance the holistic thinking skills of the participants, and the ability to apply strategic design tools to shape the inclusive and livable cities and urban areas.

Program structure
DAY [0]: ROTTERDAM CITY TOUR

Sunday (17 March 2019)
Welcome and introduction to Rotterdam.
DAY [1]: INTRODUCTION TO THE SPRING SCHOOL AND THE FIRST EXPEDITION

Monday (18 March 2019)
Briefing and introduction

Expedition to the area

DAY [2]: FIELD RESEARCH PART 1: EXPLORING BORDERS

Tuesday (19 March 2019)
Students work in teams

Presentation of research and stories
DAY [3]: FIELD RESEARCH PART 2: CRITICAL MAPPING

Wednesday (20 March 2019)
Presentation of critical mappings

DAY [4]: DEVELOPMENT OF URBAN STRATEGY: PART I

Thursday (21 March 2019)
Presentation: integrated approach to strategic design proposals + discussion

Work on urban strategies

DAY [5]: DEVELOPMENT OF URBAN STRATEGY: PART II

Friday (22 March 2019)
Discussion on urban strategies

DAY [6]: COMMUNICATION STRATEGY

Saturday (23 March 2019)
Work on urban strategies
DAY [7]: PREPARATION FOR THE FINAL PRESENTATION

Sunday (24 March 2019)
Finalizing preparation for the final event – a public presentation of groups research, stories, and strategies
DAY [8]: FINAL PRESENTATION

Monday (25 March 2019)
Final event and presentations
Course directors
Mike Emmerik
is school coordinator at the Independent School for the City and partner at Crimson Historians and Urbanists. He is educated as an Urban Designer at Delft University of Technology and subsequently worked there for 5 years as a teacher and researcher at the chair of Design as Politics. He has been involved in various research and design projects at the intersection of urbanism and policy making, and advises national and municipal governments on issues related to urbanisation and mobility. In addition, he has been involved in various international teaching and design projects in Lebanon, Ghana and Cuba.
Mirjam Niemeyer
is an architect, urban designer and founding partner at Helsinki Zürich Office. She is CANactions School Advisory Board member and has curated, and mentored CANactions School educational programs since 2016. Mirjam has been a visiting professor at the PBSA Düsseldorf and assistant professor at the Institute of Urban Design at ETH Zurich. She has tutored several workshops and published internationally. In praxis, she works as a designer, researcher & consultant in the fields of architecture, urban design and planning in an international context.
Michelle Provoost
is head of the Independent School for the City, co-founder of Crimson Historians and Urbanist, and director of the International New Town Institute. She is an architectural historian specialised in urban planning history, postwar architecture and contemporary urban development. Michelle teaches at various universities in the Netherlands and abroad and continues to be in great demand as a public speaker. She lectures regularly throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States, and has been involved in many municipal, national and private committees and juries.

Vladyslav Tyminskyi
is an architect, researcher, and consultant on strategic urban design and spatial planning. Since 2018, he is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Stuttgart, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning. Starting from 2015, Vladyslav has been a Program Director and Co-curator of Education at CANactions School and a guest tutor in the framework of various educational programs in Eastern and Western Europe. In 2016–2017, he worked for two projects of GIZ in Ukraine as a Chief Urban Researcher and External Consultant on Urban Development