In aankomst: Pioniersmeent De Stokerij

schuurtjesproject Floris Visser @Banierstraat
schuurtjesproject Floris Visser @Banierstraat

In de afgelopen jaren is er door ontwerpers en kunstenaars een belangrijke bijdrage geleverd aan ‘wicked social problems’, onder meer rond thema’s als ‘meenten’ (commons), alternatieve economie, en sociale, ecologische en economische weerbaarheid en zelfwerkzaamheid in het algemeen.
De urgentie om met pionierswerk een ander stedelijk toekomst-perspectief in de dagelijkse praktijk van de stad te testen, heeft twee jaar geleden tot de start van Stad in de Maak geleid.
Van september 2016 tot voorjaar 2017 zullen de Stad in de Maak ‘commons’ op de begane grond mede worden gebruikt voor het project Pioniersmeent De Stokerij. Een groep kunstenaars wordt gevraagd om door middel van artistieke en/of sociale en/of economische interventies met ons mee te experimenteren.   Lees “In aankomst: Pioniersmeent De Stokerij” verder

Banierstraat: Stand van Zaken 02

At lot has been going on at Banierstraat 62,  our artists house. This is the state of affairs in april 2016.

Two CreativeMornings; one Empathic, one Shocking

The last Fridays of September and October the ground floors of Pieter de Raadtstraat 35-37 hosted the breakfast meetings of CreativeMornings Rotterdam. We were just a node in an international network of breakfast plus lecture meetings for creatives that take place at the same time in cities all over the world.

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Roy and Ni nan’s Food Mountain (photo Nina Tulp)
Breakfast by Roy and Ni Nan (photo Nina Tulp)
sam and Ideas
Sam and Ideas (photo Nina Tulp)












The first meeting on Friday 25 September was themed Empathy. After a glorious Chinese breakfast prepared by Ni Nan and Roy (on mirror tables reused from an intervention by Petra Blaise in Huis Zonneveld), the lecture by Sam Nemeth and Ideas (nickname of Syrian refugee Mohamed) really touched a nerve (and our hearts). Especially because of the influx of refugees in Europe and the growing controversy about this in our country.

Sam and Ideas talked about their meeting on Lesbos where Ideas had landed after deserting from the Syrian army and living for a while at his grandma’s place before taking the Turkey Route to Europe. From the moment they met they stared a social media conversation which was published on the website Ideas Odyssey.
Ideas is now safe in the Netherlands with a permit to stay. After the lecture Sam mentioned that Ideas/Mohamed was still looking for a house. We are happy to announce that now a month later he is going to live in one of our houses.

Tom Six @City in the Making
Tom Six @ City in the Making

After this empathic Friday with a nice ending, next meeting on Friday 30 October was a sort of a Shock. Well that was that month’s theme, so we were warned. After another beautiful breakfast (with a shocking culinary ending) by Ni Nan accompanied by an acoustic set by Princeton, director Tom Six talked about his trilogy The Human Centipede, the most controversial of all schock-horror movies. For those who are not acquainted with his work, let’s just say that it’s all about connecting people. Tom was very open about his goals and ambitions, basically to become famous by doing something shocking and controversial. And it must be said he accomplished this goal fully and went to the limit to achieve it. Most of the audience seemed to take it by their strides (some left) and the discussion afterwards was ehh … lively.

Some video with an impression of the things going on last Friday, featuring Princeton

Thanks to the people of CreativeMornings Rotterdam (and Guido who invited them). It was a joy to have you all and good luck at the next place.

More images by Nina Tulp of the first meeting on CreativeMornings Rotterdam Facebook
Follow Ideas’ Odyssey on Sam and Ideas’ website
More food pictures on Ni Nan’s website
See also website CreativeMornings Rotterdam with an interview with Tom Six
More (somewhat heavier :-) music at website Priceton

ANA DŽOKIĆ / Politics of Space and Architecture in Belgrade

Listen to this podcast: The story of Ana Džokić ‘s (yes, one of the City in the Making founding members) journey from architecture school in Belgrade just before the Berlin Wall fell until now. She talks about the many changes Belgrade went through from the falling apart of former Yugoslavia until the ‘taking over’ of city development by Arab development moguls, with the crazy proposal for the Riverfront Development as an example. Other subjects include a critique of the Luchtsingel procedure and similar ‘bottom-up’ funding, their initiative for collective self-build housing in Belgrade and her PhD work on commons.

Use this link to the podcast.

Falling in love with Rotterdam

For the last month (and some weeks to come) Alexander Prinsen has been working and sleeping in our front-office.
Below his ‘love letter’ to Rotterdam, (OK, and somewhat to us too :-)

Alexander in his cutom-made balcony shower. Normally he showers undressed, but occasionaly he seems to like to keep his clothes on ;-)

Would it be possible to fall in love with Rotterdam? Yes you can! Her beauty unfolds when you get to know her intimately. She has magical places and people to share, who are realizing amazing projects without the talking and just the doing.

From the beginning of September City in the Making hosted me at Pieter de Raadtstraat when I was passing through Rotterdam. Erik and Piet converted the front room of their office into a living room, equipped it with a desk to work and a bed to sleep. Did I mention Erik also created a real shower on the balcony (and it has also real hot water!). Standing under the sky it was bringing back memories from South Africa and Bali. Why do we have showers inside, while outside you can stare at the stars or the morning glory instead of staring the same wall each day..?

Having the Pieter de Raadtstraat as homebase I learned about the Wasbuur and the Browery concept located in front of the workshop space below the building. Inspiring projects from designers who decided just to do it and just see where their curiosity will lead them.

For instance my top floor neighbor Guido Marsille is creating a living lab to figure out how his apartment of the future might look like. Questions like, Do we really need fridges? Can we cook with only one heater? and many more is where Guido curiosity is leading him. Luckily with the help of Guido I managed to figured how to cook with only one electric stove and indeed no fridge. It’s amazing how little we really need of the technical support we comfort our lives with, if one can figure out how to work with nature. Guido’s living lab showed me how to use all the organic waste and turn that into soil (using Bokashi). Did you know fermentation actually produces heat you might be able to use?

Piet and Erik made sure they introduced me to some inspiring architects, designers and projects in Rotterdam. It has resulted that for the book I’m writing about my journey (more see below) the chapter about architecture is now almost complete! I had so many inspiring talks confirming that Rotterdam is a magical place to be.

One must ignore the rough edges and dive into the artistic and entrepreneurial vibes of the City. You have Rotterzwam growing food and more out of coffeewaste, inspiring Fenix Food Factory and the square behind it, Rechtstrexx who is connecting farmers direcly to customers, Broodnodig who are turning breadwaste into biogas, Uit Je Eigen Stad who have a working aquaponics in the city, the architects from Rotterdam Metabolists, Ani & Hakinnen Hostel (one of the most inspiring hostels I ever seen), Worm (its program and design is amazing) and many many more.

Thank you Piet en Erik for all your good care and providing me with this unique opportunity !

Alexander Prinsen is visiting Rotterdam as part of his global sustainable research project Masters of Beautiful Achievements. He interviews Designers, Entrepreneurs and Scientists about our current and future challenges and learn how to do better. Since November 2013 he is learning from the Masters how to design and implement sustainable business models that are by its design regenerative.

His next destination is Porto in Portugal. What do you think where he should stay in Porto and he should meet?

See also Alexander’s website Masters of Beautifull Achievements

The real Rotterdam

harbour2 This is Roy’s last week in the Netherlands, he is returning to China. As a farewell present we took him across the Rotterdam harbour area to the tip of Europort: Maasvlakte2.  Finally he has seen the real Rotterdam.
As usuall we took some group photo’s.
Above us inside the artwork ‘zandwacht’ (sand watch) by Observatorium.

First Social Practices presentation at Bloklandstraat


Since mid-September Social Practices students from the Willem de Kooning Art Academy Rotterdam use the City in the Making groundfloor space at Bloklandstraat 190 as a headquarters. For for the minor Cultural Diversity, they do a three months research into the cultural, social, economical and political structures of the Oude Noorden neighbourhood.
Last Thursday they had their first presentation on location. Interesting surveys into for instance cooking and foodpractices, sensory mappings and story-telling have been done to be used as a start to come up with possible interventions in the area.

Ruimte Reiziger bezoekt Stad in de Maak

De Ruimte Reiziger, een documentaire film van Maarten Slot over zijn zoektocht naar zijn rol als ruimte makende kunstenaar in participatieprocessen, volgt de hoofdpersoon/maker die tussendoor enige gelijkgestemde kunstenaars ontmoet. Daan den Houter, Floris Visser, Bart Groenewegen en Guido Marsille, alle vier als inwonend of –werkend kunstenaar betrokken bij Stad in de Maak worden onder anderen geïnterviewd.
Tussendoor ook nog enige, nu al historische, opnamen van het getimmer en gedoe op de Pieter de Raadstraat (van ca 5.00 tot ca 9.00 minuten) dit voorjaar.
Er is veel veranderd in het afgelopen halfjaar, en die wasserette is er gekomen.

website maker Maarten Slot

Pieter de Raadtstraat locatie voor een prijswinnende film ‘Poppenkast’

Poster_Poppenkast_kleinIn het weekend van 21 tot en met 23 augustus streden 52 teams om de prijzen tijdens de 48 uur filmwedstrijd van Rotterdam. Bij deze competitie krijgen filmmakers op vrijdag om 19:00 een reeks opdrachten: op zondag moeten ze aan de hand daarvan een film gemaakt hebben van maximaal 7 minuten.

Probably Pollos is een team met meerdere ervaren filmmakers. Een ervan is de hoofdrolspeler, Erik van ‘t Wout, die als twaalfjarige al furore maakte in de hitserie Q&Q en later verschillende Nederlandse series regisseerde (zoals Baantjer en Dokter Deen).


De film werd opgenomen in twee ruimtes (en het trappenhuis) van de Pieter de Raadtstraat 35 en 37: de vergaderruimte op de eerste verdieping (die voor de gelegenheid werd omgebouwd tot een therapieruimte) en de werkplaats achter de buurtwasserette (waar een atelier van een beeldend kunstenaar werd ingericht, inclusief kunstwerken). Op vrijdag schreven de schrijvers het scenario op het kantoor, op zondag werd er hard gewerkt om de edit van de film op tijd klaar te laten zijn. Tijdens dit filmopnames heeft het team een paar keer aan de bewoners en gebruikers van het pand moeten verzoeken om ‘even niet te lopen of het toilet door te trekken’, waar gelukkig iedereen heel begripvol op reageerde.

Een week later werden de prijzen uitgereikt: de film was volgens de jury (Joke Bruis, Cynthia Abma en Peter Hoogendoorn) de op-een-na beste. Ook won de film prijzen voor beste acteur, beste scenario en beste regie (en kreeg meerdere nominaties). Vooral voor Erik was dit een prachtig moment: in zijn veertigjarige carrière was dit zijn eerste prijs!

Het team van Probably Pollos wil de bewoners en gebruikers van de twee prachtige panden hartelijk bedanken voor het mogen gebruiken van de ruimtes, die er zeker aan hebben bijgedragen dat we een fijne film in elkaar hebben kunnen zetten!

Bekijk de film (6.50 min)
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Meer informatie over de wedstrijd:

Switch Update #0: beginverklaring / opening statement


‘Switch’ onderzoekt en herdefinieert de functies van de stadswoning.

Het huis als leefplek, productieplek, als werkplek, de plek waar onderzoek naar het dagelijks leven met ons zelf, onze gezondheid en welzijn centraal staat.

De woning zal in de loop van de tijd ruimtelijk, bouwkundig en functioneel aangepast worden naar gelang de fase van het project. Vanaf voorjaar 2015 werken we aan het vooronderzoek, de verwachting is in 2016 resultaten hiervan te delen met publiek. Daarna werken we vier seizoenen lang met een multidisciplinair team aan het onderzoek. De resultaten zullen we met regelmaat delen, bespreken, tentoonstellen.

Guido Marsille 2015



Switch will research and redefine the functions of a city dwelling.

The house as a place to live, a place to work. It is the place where research into the daily life with ourselves, our health en well-being is the central object of investigation.During the project the apartment will be adapted spatially, architecturally and functionally, according to the phase of the project. From spring 2015 onwards we work on preliminary research. We expect to share the results with the public beginning of 2016. Then we will work a multi-disciplinary team on our researches during four seasons. Intermediate results will be shared regularly in discussions, workshops and exhibitions.

Guido Marsille, 2015