Proof Aliens Exist in Rotterdam

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.

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Stay tuned, get involved.
All alien correspondence please use: aliens@stadindemaak.nl

Learn the 3 steps to welcome Aliens:
1         Seek Artifactual Evidence
2         Encounter Local Aliens
3         Become Alienated!

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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)
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Breakfast by Roy and Ni Nan (photo Nina Tulp)
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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

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 !

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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

Student Visit 02

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On Tuesday November 25 a group of Swedish Masterstudents from Umeå School of Architecture with their tutor Josep Garriga visited De Stokerij.
This is the second international student visit. It seems people can find us in Sweden and England, but where are all those Dutch architecture students?