Crimson Architectural Historians and ZUS (Zones Urbaines Sensibles) are proud and excited to introduce to you our new project: Independent School for the City: Research Stories Strategies.

The Independent School for the City is a brand new one-year educational program for post-graduate students from all over the world (in the field of design, planning, sociology, history et cetera) and will have its epicentre in the heart of Rotterdam, in the development area Central District. The school is rooted in Crimson’s and ZUS’ practice of combining a critical, activist approach to the city with effecting real change through architectural and planning projects. Blurring the line between critique and practice, research and policy and a strong belief in an incremental instead of a tabula rasa approach to city planning is what ZUS and Crimson have in common.


Crimson Architectural Historians is very excited to finally reveal more details about its contribution to the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale. Invited by the curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, and responding to the central theme of Freespace, Crimson developed an exhibition titled A City of Comings and Goings, dealing with migration and its spatial impact on Western European Cities.


Our cities are increasingly defined by the dynamics of temporary inhabitants: expats, refugees, international students and migrant workers are moving in and out. How can cities better adapt to this phenomenon, that has always shaped and defined urban development but will even more do so in the future?
A City of Comings and Goings is an international research and development project supported by EFL Foundation and BPD developers.

During the post war period, modernist urban planning was seen by both capitalist as communist countries as an instrument of Cold War politics, embodying values and ideology. Cities in the new nation states in Africa, Asia and Latin America were planned and/or designed with support of the USSR or the USA, to win over populations. By unraveling case studies from all parts of the world, the ambiguous and fascinating story of new cities and their mile high social and political ambitions unfolds.
New Towns on the Cold War Frontier is an ongoing research and book project by Crimson & INTI.

Is Rotterdam echt de bruisende hotspot voor architectuur waar internationaal alle ogen op gericht zijn? En wat betekent dat voor de toekomst?

22 December 2016 - Michelle Provoost - Ter gelegenheid van de uitreiking van de Rotterdamse Architectuurprijs 2016
18 March 2016 – article by Wouter Vanstiphout and Michelle Provoost
15 November 2013 – article by Wouter Vanstiphout
1 May 2013 – Historians and the Mediterranean as a Political Project – article by Wouter Vanstiphout
26 March 2013 – article by Wouter Vanstiphout
1 March 2013 – Article by Michelle Provoost
22 November 2012 – article by Wouter Vanstiphout
5 September 2012 – article by Michelle Provoost
11 June 2018
A City of Comings and Goings at the Venice Architecture Biennale 1 June 2018 - Crimson Architectural Historians – Central Pavilion, room 9 – May 26th - November 25th, 2018
Do You Hear the People Sing? 19 November 2015
18 July 2018 - Cultuurhistorische Verkenning
Patrimonium’s Hof
1 October 2017 - Waardenstellend onderzoek
Station Almelo
3 July 2017 - Bouw- en Cultuurhistorisch onderzoek en waardestelling
Industriegebouw Goudsesingel
23 April 2017 - Bouw- en cultuurhistorisch onderzoek