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Open Call Participation in Urban Labs UN-Habitat

Open Call Participation in Urban Labs UN-Habitat

Creative Industries Fund NL is offering 16 architects, urban planners and landscape architects the opportunity to participate in UN-Habitat's Global Network of Urban Planning and Design Labs. UN-Habitat commissioned Rogier van den Berg to establish this network in order to foster sustainable urban development in cities found within emerging economies. The contribution of Dutch designers is a joint project of UN-Habitat and Creative Industries Fund NL.

You can also read UN-Habitat's news item.

UN-Habitat's Urban Planning and Design Lab is active in more than 40 cities and has entered into a cooperation agreement with several cities to establish urban labs. The participating Dutch designers will spend a year working in one of the labs, collaborating within an international, multidisciplinary team on urgent assignments, which were formulated on the recommendation of these cities. Cooperation as well as sharing knowledge and experience in an open process is a precondition for participation. As a project manager for the Global Network of Urban Planning and Design Labs, Rogier van den Berg will be supervising the participating teams in conjunction with local UN-Habitat branches. These will meet three times over the year and elaborate proposals within their own bureaus.

Participating cities:
Palestine: Gaza City or Khuza'a Town
Myanmar: Yangon
Mexico: Mexico City
Philippines: Tacloban City
Ghana: Ningo-Prampram (Accra Urban Region)

A team of four designers will be assembled for each city. Four of the five cities will be selected, depending on factors including political stability and submissions. During registration you can express a preference for two cities. You can read the description of each case here.

UN-Habitat and the Fund will be selecting 16 participants for 4 different urban labs. The Fund will be supporting participants with a contribution of €15,000 per person.
The evaluation takes the form of a tender: up to four designers will be selected for each assignment. Criteria for selection are: motivation, quality of the oeuvre, relevant knowledge and experience.
The Fund will announce the names of the selected designers, but will not correspond about the rejections.
A maximum sum of €240,000 is available for this Open Call.
In addition, each team of four designers will receive a budget of up to €10,000 in order to procure local knowledge in the fields of legislation and funding mechanisms.

Expectations and obligations
The level of ambition of UN-Habitat and the Fund is high: the formulated design tasks are complex and are highly urgent. The local authorities as well as UN-Habitat's local branches have committed themselves to this process and prepared the assignments. Participants are expected to be able to devote sufficient time to this process over the year. Participation implies taking part in the urban lab in situ on at least two occasions, immersing themselves in the assignment, elaboration of the design proposals and making them presentable, participation in symposiums aimed at sharing knowledge.

The tasks are real and urgent, in a number of cases situated in conflict zones and/or complex political settings. The commissioning authorities and UN-Habitat are focused on implementation of the plans. The reality aspect and the elaboration of the design proposals therefore demand the requisite devotion of time. This requires that the designer takes a broad perspective and wide-ranging interest in order to consider the proposal in relation to legislation, funding models and the political context.

The designers will be participating in the urban labs on behalf of UN-Habitat and Creative Industries Fund NL, which implies that UN-Habitat's guiding principles and modus operandi are respected. The 'Objectives and preconditions' document provides more information about this, to be found as a PDF at the bottom of this page.

You can express your interest in participation by 15 October 2015 at the latest, using Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment, choosing the 'Open Call' programme first and then selecting 'Open Call: Participation in Urban Labs UN-Habitat', where you will be asked to upload three documents:
• Attachment I: a plan in which you motivate your preference for two cities and describe your knowledge and experience, including your portfolio (max. 15 pages);
• Attachment II: CV with contact details (max. 2 pages);
• Attachment III: KvK registration certificate that is no more than one year old.

For more information about how to apply via the online application environment see the Conditions for online applications.

The Open Call procedure is described in the Fund's General Subsidy Regulations. If you have any questions, please contact Martijn van der Mark via [email protected] or 010 436 16 00.

Further information
• To receive a grant you must be registered with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK). If that is not the case, then it is still possible to register subsequent to selection.
• The Fund's secretariat can offer no advice regarding a draft proposal.
• Applicants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt by e-mail within a week of the closing date.
• The Fund will contact the selected parties.

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Open Call Talent Development in International Context 2019

The Creative Industries Fund NL invites architects, designers, makers, critics and/or curators with an exemplary and/or distinctive practice in the creative industry to submit a project application for an international project. A stipulation for support is that the project involves a collaboration and presentation with an international institution, organization or company with an excellent reputation. With the Open Call for Talent Development in an International Context, the Fund is stimulating the artistic and professional development of designers who are embarking on an exceptional collaboration with a foreign partner. This is the second open call in a series of three that will be issued each autumn through to 2020.

open call set-up
For this open call, the Creative Industries Fund NL is making € 75,000 available in 2019. Depending on the project, the collaborations can take a diversity of forms, for instance a research project, presentation or residency. The Fund is making a fixed sum of € 12,500 available for a residency and € 25,000 for other forms of collaboration.

The stipulations for being eligible for a grant are:
the project should take place largely or entirely outside the Netherlands;
the designer/maker/architect must have an exemplary and/or distinctive practice;
the designer/maker/architect has Dutch nationality or a practice that is registered in the Netherlands;
the foreign partner enjoys an excellent reputation;
there needs to be a reasonable amount of co-funding, of which a substantial proportion will be contributed by the foreign partner;
a form of presentation that is relevant for the project is included at the conclusion of the process;
there is no question of a commissioner/client relationship between the two parties.

You can find an overview here and here of projects that were supported in previous rounds of the Open Call Talent Development in an International Context:

The application can be submitted until Wednesday 4 September 2019 at the latest via the Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment. Select 'Open Call Talent Development in International Context 2019'.

The application consists of:
1. A plan/description of the activities (max. 10 pages in A4 format), including:
the rationale for how the project contributes to the development of your own professional and artistic practice;
a clear and concise description of the international activities that will be undertaken;
a concise description of one or more foreign institutions, organizations or companies involved;
a motivation for the choice of this partner (or partners);
an explanation by the foreign institution, organization or company about the manner of collaboration and the intended outcome;
2. Budget and planning: an overview of estimated costs, income and planning, including an estimated number of hours to be spent. The project may not start until 13 November 2019 at the earliest.
3. CVs of the parties involved, with relevant information about work or other experience that is relevant to the proposed project (max. 2 pages).
4. A portfolio from the maker/designer and information about the partner (max. 10 pages in A4 format).
5. Proof of registration with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK) or a foreign equivalent.

If the application fails to satisfy the description outlined above, no evaluation of the content can take place;
Apply for your login for the online application environment in good time and familiarize yourself with the application form. The validation of a new user account can take up to one working day.
You will receive confirmation of receipt by e-mail within one week after the deadline;
In order to receive a grant, you must be registered with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK).

The evaluation of the applications involves consulting with a committee of external advisers. This panel gives a number of proposals precedence over the others. The committee determines to what extent the proposal:
advances talent development: the project fosters the further artistic or professional development of individual talent;
promotes artistic quality: the project focuses on the continuation, further development and promotion of one's personal ability, while the designer in question will be seen as an inspiring example for colleagues and a broader interested public;
strengthens the international reputation of the contemporary Dutch creative industries.

The committee will specifically consider:
the extent to which the designers, makers, critics and/or curators from the creative industries (digital culture, design, architecture) have an exemplary and/or distinctive practice;
the extent to which the foreign institution, organization or company involved has an outstanding reputation;
the level and means of co-funding by the foreign partner;
the extent to which the proposed plan contributes to the ongoing artistic and professional development of the maker involved;
the quality and form of the collaboration;
the extent to which the proposal is consistent in intent and purpose, the expertise involved and public reach;
the extent to which it is relevant for the Netherlands.

The evaluation takes the form of a tender: a number of proposals will be given precedence above the others within the available budget. The Fund will communicate only on the selected proposals and not correspond on the rejection of individual proposals. The open call follows the procedure described in the Fund's Subsidy Regulations.

available budget
Creative Industries Fund NL has allotted a maximum of € 125,000 for this open call. The maximum grant per application is € 25,000. The grant is emphatically intended for international activities that contribute to the artistic and/or professional development of designers, makers, critics and/or curators who are active in the creative industries. The selected proposals receive a subsidy from an additional budget made available by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science for internationalization and talent development in the creative industries. The Ministry wishes to use this budget to support top talent in order to achieve a strong international position. The selection will be announced by 13 November 2019 at the latest by e-mail and via the Fund's website.

more information
In 2019 the Fund is organizing a number of meet-ups with the current selection as well as completed projects from the period 2014-2018. The aim is to allow the various projects to exchange expertise and experiences.

If you have any questions about the open call and procedure, please contact Roxanne Minten or Anselm van Sintfiet by e-mail, or by phone: +31 (0)10 436 1600.

Open Call Researching Remix

Do you use 'remix' as a method to achieve innovative and experimental work? And within your practice, do you reflect on themes such as balance of power, ownership, appropriation and social inequality? For the Researching Remix Open Call, Metro54 and the Creative Industries Fund NL invite makers, collectives, organizers and thinkers to submit a project proposal. The deadline is Tuesday 2 July. The results of the selected works will be presented at the Dutch Design Week in October.

collaboration between the Fund and Metro54
As a platform, Metro54 follows experimental and innovative art, design, fashion, architecture, music and digital expressions very closely. In 2019, Metro54 is organizing the travelling annual programme Re-mix and Re-search: whose cultural appropriation is this?. This programme investigates the theme of cultural appropriation within contemporary urban arts & culture and is being realized in collaboration with the Creative Industries Fund NL.

open call
Remix as a methodology and research method has a significant influence in urban arts & culture. We are interested in projects that are able to relate critically to this influence and, in so doing, reflect on themes such as the balance of power, ownership and cultural appropriation.
For this open call we are looking for new, interdisciplinary and many-voiced remix work that contributes to innovation in the fields of (graphic) productions, graphic design, fashion, architecture, visual culture and digital culture. Themes such as agency, recognition and ownership play an important role in the intended projects. We are also particularly interested in how remix as a research method or methodology plays a role in your practice proposal.

group exhibition
The selected proposals for new work will be presented during the Dutch Design Week 2019 in Eindhoven as part of the exhibition and programme This is a Take-Over: Researching Remix. In this way, curator Metro54 wants to draw attention to design, reflection and research within urban arts & culture.

If you would like to present an idea or if you have any questions about the open call, come to the in-store meetup on Thursday 6 June from 19:00 to 21:00 at Daily Paper in Amsterdam. Metro54 and Fund staff will be present.

If you have any questions about the content of this open call, you can also contact Metro54. For questions about submitting your proposal, please contact Sean Gillis or Zineb Seghrouchni or by telephone at 010 436 16 00.

practical information about your application
Who can submit a proposal?
Individual makers, designers, thinkers, collectives and organizers of new, interdisciplinary and diverse work can submit a proposal.

When is the deadline?
you can submit your application here
the open call closes on 2 July 2019
the selection will be announced in the third week of July

What is the available budget?
maximum € 4,000 per proposal for making new work (including VAT, where applicable)
a minimum of four proposals will be supported

What do you need to provide?
project plan: in text and/or images; the inclusion of web links to online material, films, etc. is permitted
proof of the applying party's registration with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK)

What is the evaluation of the proposal based on?
vision on remix as a research method and methodology
extent to which reflection on themes that influence urban arts & culture has been developed
boldness and inventiveness
feasibility of the proposal

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