Ndvr contributed to the conference: FLOWS & FUNDING – New ways of funding civic infrastructure 23th of August in Rotterdam.
Material flows through cities need efficient redesign, their corresponding infrastructures need massive investment. In a context of municipal budget cuts and the proliferation of online communities, urban developments are increasingly funded by alternative means. Can we scale up locally funded community projects to include civic infrastructure? How will this influence the practice of urban design and development? And what kind of cities will this result in?
Egbert Fransen (Pakhuis de Zwijger) – Civic economy and the city
Indira Van’t Klooster (‘A10 new European architecture’ magazine and ‘Reactivate! Emerging architecture from the Netherlands’ publication)
Ramon Marrades (University of Valencia, Urbego) – Economics of culture, participatory governance, South European cities, new ways of self-organisation, do-it-yourself urbanism
Bryan Boyer (Brickstarter, Sitra, Helsinki) (pre-recorded interview)
Daniela Brahm and Les Schliesser (Ex-Rotaprint Berlin) (pre-recorded interview)
Gorka Espiau (Young Foundation) (pre-recorded interview) – Social innovation and the city
and Daniela Patti and Levente Polyak (Wonderland)
Maarten Desmet and Tim Devos (ndvr, B)
Thomas Dieben (Denieuwegeneratie, NL)
Alison Killing (Killing Architects, NL)
Marco Lampugnani (Snark Space Making, Italy)
Chanfang Luo (Architecture In Development, NL)
Dario Tundo and Lorenzo Cristoforetti (IRA-C collective, Italy)
Gonzalo Herrero Delicado (UK)
Vera Sacchetti (Portugal, Switzerland)
Brendan Cormier (Canada, the Netherlands)
and Carlo Venegoni (New Generations)
Marthijn Pool (Space and Matter architects, NL) – creating communities of clients
Jan Jongert (Superuse Studios, NL) – urban flows as a starting point to architecture and urban design
Douwe Jan Joustra (Circular Economy) – circular economy and urban development
Alexander Keizer (Urbannerdam) – DIY houses and other new forms of real estate development
and Jason Hilgefort, Chris Luth and Floor Cornelisse (Pamflet)
Schiekade 201, 3013 BR Rotterdam, the Netherlands
At the close of the 2014 International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam (IABR) and on the eve of the opening of the partly crowd funded Luchtsingel or Air Canal, PAMFLET looks to merge some of the lessons from the current biennale about the urban metabolism with some of the emerging questions of the upcoming biennale about the next economy.
There has been a massive shift in populations toward cities, straining on our urban systems. Our greater understanding of the flows through cities (whether they are mineral, biological, digital, etc.) has increased our appreciation of the complexity of urban networks. Many have speculated that these flows must not be seen as separate, but could be more strategically utilized and grouped in order to maximize efficiencies and create spatial qualities.
–Funding the flows
However, while the need for investing in effective urban flows expands, many municipal government budgets have been slashed. Partially as a response, many alternative forms of funding have emerged – community activated, crowd sourced, etc. Is it possible to merge these two contradictory realities? Can we devise new forms of funding urban infrastructures?
–Scaling-up the bottom-up
We thus address one of the core questions of urban development in a period torn between tiny community driven initiatives and massive (inter)national projects. Alternative forms of funding may well become a complement to and even a viable alternative for existing forms of government funded infrastructure projects in the urban realm. Is that desirable? And, if so: How might we actually fund civic infrastructure?
–New communities, new clients, new business
A third series of questions addresses the entrepreneurial dimension of those involved in urban development. Innovative design and development practices are tapping into social media to create online communities of clients. Are they an attractive alternative to the traditional business model with its static and hierarchical client-designer relationship?
–In short: How can new forms of funding improve urban flows and impact our cities?
– AIR, Rotterdam
AIR is the architecture centre of Rotterdam. It challenges to have a public and professional conversation about architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture in the Rotterdam region.
– New Generations, Madrid
As a result of the economic crises, New Generations has been investigating innovative approaches to architecture as developed by young European firms since 2010. Its meetings and research projects activate international collaboration and knowledge exchange between students, architects and other creative professionals. Its growing network is active in Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Belgium and Poland.
– Wonderland Architecture, Vienna
Wonderland – Platform for European Architecture is a Vienna-based network that fosters the exchange of experience, information and knowledge between young European architecture and planning practices. Its workshops and collaborations bring together young practitioners with designers, planners, NGOs, social scientists, economists and real estate specialists.
–PAMFLET Urban Debate, Rotterdam
Various parties in Rotterdam have joined forces in order to promote public discussion about the future of the city. Together they present PAMFLET, the new debate events about spatial, social, political economic and cultural dimensions of the city.
–ZUS (for Sunday programme)