The Independent School for the City and Crimson Historians & Urbanists are ecstatically happy but not at all surprised that our Founding partner Michelle Provoost is this year’s laureate of the biannual Rotterdam Maaskant Award. Every other year the prestigious award is given to a person or an organisation that has distinguished itself in the fields of architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture through journalism, teaching, and/or research activities.

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.

23 April 2021 - Interview door Tara Lewis voor NRC 25 maart 2021 - Michelle Provoost architectuurhistoricus
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
16 November 2020 - Cultuurhistorische Verkenning
Voormalige RAC-garage
18 July 2018 - Cultuurhistorische Verkenning
Patrimonium’s Hof
1 October 2017 - Waardenstellend onderzoek
Station Almelo
3 July 2017 - Bouw- en Cultuurhistorisch onderzoek en waardestelling

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.