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

Seminar on commoning stalled public housing assets

On June 15, within City in the Making (Stad in de Maak) initiative in Rotterdam, STEALTH.unlimited are organising half-a-day seminar, moving between the floors of our building at Pieter de Raadtstraat. A group of about 20 participants (from Stockholm, Paris, Netherlands) will come together to reflect on our ongoing endeavour from the perspective of how and on which premises to common the city, in the context of the unravelling welfare state and re-emergent struggles for urban existence. The event is one of the final stages of STEALTH’s practice base PhD research at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, titled Practices of the Essential In-between, which in parallel to urban commons and alternative economic models discusses role of spatial practices in these processes.

From 2014, City in the Making is engaged in bringing a fraction of the stalled public housing stock (back) to forms of common use, set in three apartment buildings right at the Central Station in Rotterdam, for a period of ten years. Although in itself a modest attempt, knowing that hundreds of apartments and workspaces in the city are lingering in the same status (as a result of disruptive governmental policies, but foremost due to mismanagement and speculative risk-taking of its current real-estate owners), the intent is to take it as a starting point to open up paths to the much larger potential of re-commoning these urban resources to collective benefit.

To provoke thoughts in this direction, we have asked input from Martijn Jeroen van der Linden (researcher at TU Delft / Economics of Innovation and Technology, who’s PhD thesis focuses on the purposes of money and capital, and aims to propose a new design for the monetary system), Aetzel Griffioen (political philosopher, co-ordinator of Skillcity Rotterdam, who researches new forms of collective prosperity and works on socio-ecologic education in neighbourhoods of Rotterdam-South) and Saskia van Stein (curator, director Bureau Europa Maastricht).

Limited number of places available, contact us for more info.

Student Visit 02

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?

Masterclass – The Sharing Economy

From November 17 – 21 De Stokerij (the groundfloor communal space at Pieter de Raadtstraat nr 35) was home for the masterclass The Sharing Economy, as a part of the Willem de Kooning event/symposium Re-Designing Business.

The assignment was to come up with ideas for a micro-business / sharing space / meeting spot for local communities of 30 M3, which is to be made behind two of the workshop doors opening up to the street.