Open Dag Pioniersmeent De Stokerij 1 oktober

open dag
Op zaterdag 1 oktober houden wij in onze panden aan de Pieter de Raadtstraat en Banierstraat van 14.00 tot 18.00 uur een Open Dag. Er worden die middag drie projecten gepresenteerd die in het kader van het programma Pioniersmeent De Stokerij zijn gemaakt. Daarvoor zijn jullie natuurlijk van harte uitgenodigd.

14.00 – 15.30: PIETER DE RAADSTRAAT 35-37
— De vernieuwde wassalon Wasbuur door Guido Marsille.
— Een bierproeverij van de Browery, met de presentatie van het straatje bier van buurtbier- brouwers door Niels Buwalda en Chris Onsman.

16.00 – 18.00: BANIERSTRAAT 62
— Opening van De Schout, de kleinste volkstuin- vereniging van Nederland op het Schout Henrickplein, door Vloris Fisser.
Bovendien wordt die dag de eerste aflevering van de programmakrant De Stoker gepresenteerd en zijn er diverse lekkere hapjes van verschillende buurtbewoners.

De projecten van deze Onze Open Dag zijn de eerste ronde (van totaal drie) van het programma Pioniers- meent De Stokerij. Verschillende ruimten van Stad in de Maak zullen daarbij worden geactiveerd door kunstenaars en buurtbewoners. Dit programma is mede mogelijk gemaakt door Mondriaanfonds – Art of the Impact, Gemeente Rotterdam en Stichting Havensteder.

Fieldtrip 02 – Verbeke Foundation – Community Landtrust and Josaphat Brussel

Saturday 2nd July City in the Making went on the annual Fieldtrip to Belgium. We visited the magnificent Verbeke Foundation (great art in nature plus presentations of Theo Jansens Strandbeests and the work of Zoro Feigl), Community Landtrust projects and Josaphat commons, both in Brussel. As usual we prohibited selfies and took a few Groupies (group Photo’s)

Open Dag Stad in de Maak / 18 juni 11.00 -17.00

Op 18 juni 2016 aanstaande, de Dag van de Architectuur, houdt Stad in de Maak een Open Dag.
Maak het mee! Kom langs op Pieter de Raadtstraat 35-37!


De Open Dag is onderdeel van het Rotterdamse bezichtigingsprogramma van de Dag van de Architectuur. In het hoofdkwartier van Stad in de Maak aan de Pieter de Raadstraat zijn alle ruimten te bezichtigen en worden er activiteiten georganiseerd. De overige panden kunnen bezocht worden tijdens een speciale fietstocht om 15.00 uur.

Wat is er allemaal te zien en te beleven? Lees “Open Dag Stad in de Maak / 18 juni 11.00 -17.00” verder

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.