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Grant Programme for Internationalization Open Call

Open Call Turkey: LÜLEBURGAZ BISIKLETE BINIYOR – cycling for a better city

Artgineering/ Novusens/ Sustainable Solutions, 2018

€15.000
‘LÜLEBURGAZ BISIKLETE BINIYOR – cycling for a better city’ is an integrated cycle strategy and road map for the city of Lüleburgaz, which functions as a catalyst for sustainable and inclusive urban development. In 2017, this medium-sized municipality organized the ‘Cycling Year’ with around 50 activities to promote acceptance of cycling with the emphasis on women. Sustainable Solutions (NL), Artgineering (BE) and Novusens (TR) are continuing the ambitions of the municipality and are developing a cycle plan where they will connect the creative ‘hubs’ in the city. These hubs are the seven social-cultural academies around and in the city centre: ‘Lüleburgaz Stars Motor-Bicycle Academy’, ‘Lüleburgaz Stars Women’s Academy’, ‘Lüleburgaz Stars Football Academy’, ‘Lüleburgaz Stars RC Circuit’, ‘Lüleburgaz Stars Art Academy’ and ‘Lüleburgaz Stars Swimming Academy’. On the basis of three workshops, an integrated framework will be drawn up, comprising three components: A) ‘hardware’ with the infrastructural elements, B) ‘software’ with the cultural, social and religious aspects, including a communication plan and C) ‘orgware’ consisting of an organizational and financial plan. In phase 1, the first two-day workshop will take place in Lüleburgaz, in which relevant policymakers, engineers, urban developers and creative entrepreneurs will participate. In addition, the municipality is planning on introducing a smart bicycle-sharing scheme. The team will investigate which system provides the best solution specifically for the location and will explore this with the users and visitors to the seven academies.
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Open Call Turkey: Izmir Metabolic Cycling Network (IMCN)

FABRICations en WRI Turkey, 2018

€15.000
‘Izmir Metabolic Cycling Network’ (IMCN) is a design-based study by FABRICations (NL) and WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities (TR) in which bicycles are seen as a force for sustainable urban development and a way of tackling issues such as waste, gentrification and improvement of the public spaces. The ‘Izmir Sustainable Transportation Project’ by WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities concluded that the inhabitants of Izmir, the third largest city in Turkey, have a strong requirement for better cycle infrastructure. IMCN aims to reinforce this infrastructure by adding various functions to it. During the start phase, the team will analyze the mobility flows based on data collected, carry out field research and organize a workshop. In the subsequent phase, a series of local workshops will play a central role and the team will develop two end products: an interactive city map with the new cycle network and the key locations and an augmented reality interface app to involve the public and stakeholders in the spatial design. The municipality, the Izmir Tarih Project Center/Izmir Tarih Design Studio, TARKEM Association of Kemeralti Tradesman, Izmir Bicycle Association, BISIM Izmir Bike Sharing System and academics from Izmir High Technology University and Dokuz Eylül University will also be involved.
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Open Call Turkey: Toroslar Interactive CityLab

Stichting Play the City en Universiteit Mersin, 2018

€15.000
Play the City (NL) and the Faculty of Architecture at Mersin University (TR) are introducing an interactive method for city-making and are setting up the Toroslar Interactive CityLab in the municipality of Toroslar in the Mersin region. Since 1980, Mersin has become a destination for migrants and due to the uncontrollable population growth, various challenges have arisen, such as the social isolation of communities and the degradation of nature and historic areas. The municipality of Toroslar has asked Mersin University how they can create more social and sustainable awareness in inhabitants, investors and developers. In response, Play the City has become involved in the project. With the Toroslar Interactive CityLab, the team is aiming to influence the current practice of property development. In the lab, the team is developing an urban design vision for the archaeological district of Yumuktepe by the river Muftu. The vision will be translated into projects which can be worked on in the lab. With the help of the ‘city gaming’ method of Play the City, a broad spectrum of stakeholders – ranging from children, academics and local politicians to cultural organizations and urban developers – will be given the opportunity to have their say in an informal and playful setting and to participate in the public debate and decision-making processes. During the start phase, the game will be developed and the team will involve Dutch experts in the field of sustainability. The subsequent phase will include 6 game sessions with around 100 participants.
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Open Call Turkey: PALANGA, Turkish and Dutch Farming Practices Learn from each other

IND [Inter.National.Design] en Kutluğ Atama, 2018

€15.000
PALANGA is an innovative farming project in which agriculture, livestock farming, science, architecture and art will be integrated. PALANGA aims to create a new, lively, social farming experience and creative ‘hub’ which stimulates social, cultural and environmental awareness. This art and agriculture experiment is an initiative by filmmaker and artist Kutluğ Atama and covers an area of around 1,000,000 m2 near the city of Erzincan. Arman Akdoğan and Felix Madrazo – founders of IND [Inter.National.Design] (NL) – are carrying out design-based research into the possibilities and meaning of a sustainable livestock shed and development of the terrain. The start phase consists of the development of a concept. Here they will combine the latest technologies from the agricultural sector in the Netherlands with the best traditional farming methods in Turkey. The design is a pioneering project in terms of sustainability in Turkey, with the emphasis on recycling, reuse and the health and welfare of animals. The subsequent phase will involve working towards a master plan. Cultural programming forms part of this, in order to experience the area. Besides Turkish farmers, students and academics, various experts will be involved, including Kees van Reenen (assistant professor Animal Production Systems Group at Wageningen University), Peter Mensinga (multidisciplinary designer/engineer), Barış Samir (biogas/biomass expert) and Özgür Şahin (sustainable energy). Just as in many other Turkish farming cities, many young people are moving to the city for economic reasons.
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Open Call Morocco: Affordable Housing Casablanca

bureauSLA and Idmaj Sakan, 2018

€15.000
Affordable Housing Casablanca is investigating housing solutions, in particular for rural migrants settling in the suburbs of the city of Casablanca.
At the moment, the ‘informal’ housing sector is larger than the legal new-build. The informal housing lacks well-considered spatial embedding, while the new-build neighbourhoods lack social embedding. The ultimate aim is to design the most tangible possible new urban expansion. The design of this new residential neighbourhood will provide an innovative angle on rapid urban expansion from spatial, social, cultural and economic perspectives. This project serves as inspiration but also as a tangible recommendation for the ‘Villes Nouvelles’. The start phase comprises a quantitative spatial analysis of old and new settlements and a process to identify regulations and opportunities for financing or co-financing. The study is in two parts: a quantitative analysis of urban phenomena and data and a qualitative analysis based on interviews, photography and descriptions. On the basis of the findings, a location will be determined. The implementation in the subsequent phase is an alternative, more social approach and elaborated design for a new urban expansion of Casablanca, taking into account the applicable regulations. Affordable Housing Casablanca is a project by bureau SLA in collaboration with Idmaj Sakan. This organization focuses primarily on the realization of low-income housing and is particularly active in rehousing the residents of ‘bidonvilles’.
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Open Call Morocco: PLAY CITY

Network of Research & Architecture BV en MB Paysage, 2018

€15.000
Network of Research & Architecture (NoRA) maintains that urbanization in Rabat is not always accompanied by the development of well-used public spaces. The public spaces that do exist are too formal in many cases and do not really invite use. That is why NoRA proposes appropriating abandoned, open or residual spaces and reintroducing them as small-scale public places for daily city life recreation, such as playing. According to the team, these sites could contribute to social interaction, commitment to the neighbourhood, recreation and a feeling of being at home. In the start phase, the activities will consist of generating an inventory of potential locations, a survey and street interviews, a literature study and workshops and lectures. The team is involving specialists from various disciplines, including sociologists and other designers, for further collaboration. The method is hands-on and focuses on field work, where spaces are identified and the potential to transform them into ‘urban rooms’ is explored. In this way they are working towards a new design proposal for the next phase.
PLAY CITY is a project by NoRA in collaboration with MB Paysage and is led by landscape architect Mounia Bennani, who is based in Rabat.
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Open Call Morocco: LEARNING FROM TIZNIT | A Slow Approach to the Challenges of Urbanization in Morocco

Slow Research Lab, 2018

€15.000
Learning from Tiznit concentrates on the old city centre, in other words the Tiznit medina. Slow Matter contends that this city in the south of Morocco, like many cities, is struggling with the city's rapid, or perhaps too rapid, growth. This is partly responsible for the possible loss of authentic meaning and use of public spaces. This aim of this project is to restore the qualities that public spaces can possess. The locations must meet the needs of the current society without losing their tradition. Attention is also paid to ecological sustainability, social cohesion and cultural resilience. Slow Matter is working with a team from the Netherlands, from the fields of landscape architecture, urban design, design, material innovation and ‘synaesthetic’ field work, together with the Moroccan architect Salima Naji. Naji is an architect and social anthropologist, who is specialized in the local architecture, art and culture of southern Morocco. She has utilized this knowledge in a number of architectural heritage restoration and rehabilitation projects - including ksours, kasbahs and collective grain barns - with the help of bio-sourced materials and construction techniques from the region. Naji and the team of Dutch designers work together based on an interdisciplinary 'Slow' research approach. This comprises exploring the varying size and scale of spaces, spatial characteristics, rhythms of social interaction, materials and sensory aspects. The makers are reflecting on which qualities of the public space can restore a feeling of ‘urban identity’, ‘place-ness’ and ‘belonging’. A holistic approach to the city will be utilized for the past, present and future. The start phase consist of a study trip to discover, absorb, and analyze Moroccan natural and city landscapes and to explore collaborations. This phase will be concluded in the Netherlands with a series of meetings to generate a planned approach to the subsequent phase. The start investigation will lead to further research and interventions in the subsequent phase in the form of installations or objects.
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Open Call Morocco: Sahrij

Sara Frikech, 2018

€12.265
According to Sara Frikech, Meknes is on the brink of a transformation. The city will be modified to become an ‘Agropolis’ to attract foreign investment. When similar industrial zones were introduced in other areas of Morocco, rapid urbanization and expansion of the city followed. The same is expected to happen in Meknes, but the city is not prepared. Badly designed and over-populated neighbourhoods lead to spatial segregation and tension between newcomers and locals. If Meknes wants to prepare for its future, the local population must have access to information and be given the opportunity to express their concerns. This is one of the lessons from the forgotten water riots that resulted from similar transformations in the past. It is the reason that 'SAHRIJ' aims to make its findings accessible by mean of a set of cultural productions.
In the start phase, the team will investigate the network present and the strategies of the bottom-up creative economy (Generation 00) as a means to involve a broader, and especially younger, audience. The initiatives are brought into focus by means of interviews to identify the strengths of the different projects and to find possible links for collaboration with creative groups based in the Netherlands. These grassroots organizations include: Atelier de l’Observatoire, Le18, Think Tanger, Trankat and KIBRIT. In addition, they are gathering archive material and literature about the city of Meknes and the surrounding rural hinterland. The vision for the collaboration is in two parts: learning from each other and sharing this knowledge. Generation 00 is actively trying to close the aforementioned divide in Morocco, in a country with hardly any cultural infrastructure in place. The ultimate set of cultural productions will be further elaborated in the subsequent phase.
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Open Call Russia: Prototyping Future Energy with HSE

PHI Collective en National Research University, Higher School of Economics (HSE), 2018

€15.000
‘Prototyping Future Energy’ is a joint study by the PHI Collective and the Russian National Research University and Higher School of Economics (HSE). The project focuses on a prototype for a ‘clean energy platform’ for self-sufficient microgrid communities, which is based on blockchain technology. The project is located in the far north of Russia. Here there are isolated communities which are often not connected to existing electricity networks and are dependent on expensive fossil fuels that can only be transported by road during one month in the year. With the ‘clean energy platform’, PHI Collective and HSE aim to generate more attention for investment in alternative forms of energy supply. The prototype will be a gaming platform for 1000 people, which provides an accessible way for the local community to meet, communicate and work together to create a self-sufficient microgrid. The ‘intelligent chatbot’ supports the local community here and gives information about such things as the weather and design tips and provides assistance with collaborations. The PHI Collective consists of an international multidisciplinary team of five experts: Yin Aiwen, Calum Bowden, Cory Levinson, Aleksandra Smirnova and Artem Stepanov, who met each other in 2017 during the Strelka Institute's think tank programme ‘The New Normal’. This project will also form part of HSE's research and innovation programme ‘Prototyping Future City’ and will involve students at this university in the development of the prototype.
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Open Call Russia: LLTomsk One – Living Laboratory Tomsk

LEVS architecten, 2018

€14.990
In ‘LLT Tomsk One’, solutions are tested within the local context of the Living Laboratory Tomsk (LLT) to improve the design and use of public space. Tomsk is situated in the west of Siberia and is the student capital of Russia. The quality of the living environment around the student campus is however characterized by fragmented public spaces, a huge amount of traffic and dilapidated industrial buildings. This has a negative effect on the development and satisfaction of incoming students, who are after all important for the future of the city. In early 2017, LLT was set up by local authorities, academics and entrepreneurs as a centre for urban innovation, quality of life and economic growth. Living Laboratory Tomsk's ambition is to introduce a new manner of design-based thinking, to stimulate civic participation and community-building, to develop affordable design solutions and ultimately to realize a number of small-scale building projects for comfortable and healthy public spaces in a student district. The team consists of LEVS architecten (NL), SVP Architectuur en Stedenbouw (NL), National Research Tomsk State University (RU), Tomsk State University of Architecture and Building (RU), Design Lab – University of Twente (NL), S&P Landscape Architects (RU), Style Architects (RU) and Tomsk Regional Administration (RU).
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