We are extremely happy to announce the new educational programme of the Independent School for the City for the coming year! While the past three months have seen the biggest urban crises in nearly a century wreak havoc on some of our cities, we have used this time to completely retool the programme for 2020 and 2021. Although no one knows in which world we will live while bringing the courses into practice, we have learned that our cities have endless surprises and shocks in stock for us, from death and destruction to forms of collective innovation and creation. We have seen our cities for what they actually are, when all their commercial glamour and political posturing was swept away by the events of our times. Now that public life is slowly picking up again, it’s time to start thinking about their urban futures. That’s why we are confident and excited to present to you our new corona-proof programme!


Crimson Historians and Urbanists werkt samen met Het Industriegebouw en Volkshotel Amsterdam aan de verwerving, restauratie en transformatie van zes wederopbouwpanden aan de Delftstestraat, als onderdeel van de grootschalige gebiedsontwikkeling van het Schiekadeblok. Samen vormen we De Coöperatie Delftsestraat. De Delftsestraat maakt deel uit van het Rotterdamse wederopbouwerfgoed, met als monumentale uitschieters het Boekmanpand naar ontwerp van Hugh Maaskant, waarin Crimson en de Independent School for the City zijn gevestigd, en het ESVEHA-gebouw door J.J.P. Oud. De aankoop van de panden heeft als doel om de Delftsestraat te beschermen, te restaureren en te versterken als een unieke, levendige en dynamische stadsstraat, met een divers programma op het vlak van werken, ontspannen, maken, leren en innoveren. Het bestaande creatieve ecosysteem in het gebied vormt een essentieel onderdeel van dit toekomstbeeld.


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.

5 July 2020 - article by Mike Emmerik
5 July 2020 – Interview with Wouter Vanstiphout
18 February 2020 – lecture by Michelle Provoost / text by Mike Emmerik, Michelle Provoost, Wouter Vanstiphout
23 December 2019 – de energietransitie – lecture by Michelle Provoost
23 December 2019 – het platteland – lecture by Michelle Provoost
23 December 2019 – Industriegebouw, Rotterdam – lecture by Michelle Provoost
23 December 2019 – Groothandelsgebouw, Rotterdam – lecture by Michelle Provoost
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