On Thursday 13 July, City in the Making is hosting participants of ‘Practicing the commons: IASC 2017 Biennial Conference‘ organised by Institute for Collective Action, Utrecht.
The conference focuses on self-governance, cooperation, and institutional change through examples from all over the world, but also pays much attention on the significant current-day developments on common-pool resources and cooperatives within the Netherlands (such as knowledge commons, energy cooperatives, care cooperatives, urban commons, and other citizens’ initiatives), not only by inviting representatives of those Dutch initiatives to join as conference participants, but also by offering them an opportunity to draw attention to their initiatives, by organizing public events and field-trips.
The excursion we will witness recent developments in urban commons taking place in the city of Rotterdam – dealing with housing, food, and education. City in the Making is hosting it together with Food Garden (De Voedseltuin), a charitable organization that distributes food to low-income individuals to avoid hunger and Rotterdam Skillcity (Vakmanstad), a knowledge common, where primary school children are taught gardening, cooking, aikido or judo, technology and programming, and philosophy on a weekly basis.
More about ‘Practicing the Commons’: https://www.iasc2017.org.
Sunday 12 February Proof Aliens Exist Evidence Tour.
The program (modified): The expert tracker Piet Vollaard determined the path along a straight line from the Rotterdam Zoo Observation Tower (destroyed) to the Alien Crash Site at the edge of Kralingse Plas (In an “alternative world” the Prinsenland site is allegedly a sculpture created by the artist Frans de Wit to mark the lowest point under sea level in the Netherlands. However, there are those who firmly believe this art work was part of a massive coverup perpetrated between 1992 and 1996 on the Rotterdam people. Instead it is far more likely the “true” story is that the Kralingse concrete sunken disk is actually an alien crash site astutely disguised at the time using this artistic pretext *). Continue reading “Proof Aliens Exist – Evidence Tour”
We can become “unstuck in time,” and so it goes. Was it a coincidence that the evening reserved for movie night at Stad in de Maak during “Proof Aliens Exist” week in Rotterdam happened to be February the 13th, the anniversary day of the Dresden bombing, 72 years ago? Slaughterhouse Five, the 1972 film directed by George Roy Hill, winner of the Cannes Jury Prize of the same year was selected among many other excellent alien themed films for the 9:00 pm screening. Based on the book by Kurt Vonnegut, the story is a partially autobiographical story that weaves in and out of Dresden, in the days leading up to the city’s catastrophic aerial firebombing. The main character, Billy Pilgrim, survives the city’s destruction and returns –again and again– to different episodes in his otherwise bland life. Like Voltaire’s Candide, Billy Pilgrim’s experiences unfold as random chances but entirely out of sequence: flashbacks with no present. Continue reading ““and so it goes” Slaughterhouse Five and the 4th dimension”
A fact finding report on alien life-forms, alien cultures, and alienation
From Saturday February 11 sunrise until Thursday February 16 midnight Peter Lang, professional alienist and – among many other publications – author of “the Lost Continents of Utopia”, will visit Rotterdam on a fact-finding mission on alien life-forms, alien cultures, and alienation in Rotterdam.
The Public is asked to bring proof of alien activities from around Rotterdam to the Evidence Room between February 11 and 16.
A special walk of discovery through Rotterdam Noord will be held on Sunday Februari 12 starting at 13.00 from Pieter de Raadtstraat 35.
Proofs will be presented at the De Stokerij on Thursday February 16, from 18:00 until midnight.
Also on the program: film Screening Monday February 13, 20:30: “Slaughterhouse 5,” 1972.
De Stokerij, Pieter de Raadtstraat 35, Rotterdam.
Stay tuned, get involved.
All alien correspondence please use: firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn the 3 steps to welcome Aliens:
1 Seek Artifactual Evidence
2 Encounter Local Aliens
3 Become Alienated!
This issue contains articles on the project ‘Pioniersmeent De Stokerij’ / The Art of Impact. And articles on commoning and housing. (only in Dutch)
In this first issue of the City in the Making newspaper De Stoker we present ourselves. With articles on the different activities with which we started and about the economy of City in the Making and of commoning. (only in Dutch)
Binnenkort in beheer dit leegstaande pand aan de Zwaanhals.
Over the past few years of creating affordable living- and workspace in the city, we have come a long way from the very few initiatives we had found acting in this field, to the current pool of citizens that are about to (or in de midst of!) taking part of the cities’ space into collective use. And like us, most of them have found that it is urgent to take this effort beyond the often temporary access we have been able to achieve till now. How can we secure permanent access and control over the spaces so vital to our lives?
On 28th of May, an international group of city makers came together at the Stoking House of City in the Making, to discuss the current state of affairs. It is interesting to see new urban communities arising from these efforts, and observe how they build a new future on the often disregarded, outlived or scrapped resources that are available in the city. But in the increasingly market dominated sphere in which even citizens’ initiatives find themselves acting, this often means that we have to take ourselves to that same market of real-estate to buy up the remains we aim to give a new, collective future. For most of us, that means a tough puzzle of mobilising enough capital to “save” the buildings for our cause.
Hence, we have extended discussing that challenge during the rest of the day in the context of the Re:Kreators network (aka fellow city makers) which is currently forming in Europe. One of the challenges is to match the acquisition of real estate (buying it in order to bring it into common, anti-speculative ownership) with the mission of keeping spaces affordable.
Of course, the exchange of experiences and expertise among the initiatives is already proving crucial and inspiring when facing this challenge. But we could take it a step further: by forming networks that can set up a revolving investment fund together, so that at least the seed funding necessary to make a start can be quickly mobilised. It is an idea quickly gaining traction in several of the discussions we have been feeding into: from the upcoming Re:Kreators to the VrijCoop (the Dutch branch of the Mietshäuser Syndikat) currently set up. A crucial bit of urban economy being re-invented?
At lot has been going on at Banierstraat 62, our artists house. This is the state of affairs in april 2016.