Dirty Old Town! Extended Application Deadline 6 December 2021

12 November 2021

Great news for everyone who is interested in contemporary urbanism and who wants to broaden their horizon concerning the pressing urban issues of our time: we have extended the application deadline for our Dirty Old Town programme until the 6th of December! Don’t miss this opportunity and apply now!

Starting on the 31st of January 2022, this intensive 12week course in contemporary urbanism takes the modern city as its subject and Rotterdam as its testing ground. Following the school’s methodological quartet of Research, Stories, Strategy, Action! the programme will explore the dynamics of the modern city by bringing together different disciplines from historical research to artistic expression. 

Dirty Old Town aims to look beyond the city’s shiny facades and popular urban districts and tries to see the city as she really is, and how we can imagine it to become. Because no matter how charming the city presents itself, no matter how modern or popular it is, it owes - contrarily enough – a large part of its appeal to its sharp edges, to the unexpected confrontations, to its social diversity, to the jagged fringes, and to the opportunities they bring. The city is a place that can be old, new, dirty, and beautiful at the same time. It is this complexity that we love, and which simultaneously poses challenges for our city.

Participating in the programme gives you the opportunity to meet a diverse team of urban specialists, designers and researchers such as Wouter Vanstiphout, Michelle Provoost, Kristian Koreman, Elma van Boxtel, Mike Emmerik, Arnold Reijndorp, Neeltje ten Westenend, Dirk Sijmons, Herman Kossmann, Thijs Barendse, Sereh Mandias, Rene Boer, Mark Minkjan and Jord den Hollander. You’ll work together in a community of learning where you will have the freedom to deepen your knowledge and to develop your own position towards the pressing urban issues of our time. Though a series of lectures, excursions and workshops focusing on specific research methods and global challenges such as Climate, Migration, Crime ,and Inequality in relation to our urban surroundings, we will collectively explore the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead of us, while explicitly looking at the character of the city. More info here

The programme is open to everyone who professionally deals with the city. From architects to sociologists, from urban designers to historians and from artist to developers. You can apply for the Dirty Old Town programme by sending a motivation (1A4), your CV (max 2mb) and examples of previous work (max 8mb/5 pages) to info@schoolforthecity.nl The extended application deadline is 6 December 2021. The Dirty Old Town programme fits within the 90 days period of validity of a tourist visa to the Netherlands. It takes place from 31 January – 22 April 2022 and is based on a five-day work week filled with workshops, lectures and field trips.