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Cascoland Tokyo Presentation Exchange Trip

Cascoland, 2020

€7.500
At de Eendagszaak, residents with specific qualities and talents can try out whether their ideas for neighbourhood services can be turned into viable businesses. Successful shopkeepers are given the opportunity to extend their activities to one of the vacant spaces in the street and to set up their own shop. A number of them have already made that step. Slowly the community of neighbourhood shopkeepers is growing. What they share is an interest and a dedication to their neighbourhood and the wellbeing of its residents. In a collaboration between Cascoland and Rochdale, the Van Deysselstraat shopkeepers are creating a community of care. In addition to this social programme, Cascoland performed some first physical interventions in the public spaces in the neighbourhood. Very simple first interventions immediately made a huge difference. The combination of the social programme and the physical interventions in the street are the first steps towards change. On 19 November 2019, the Cascoland projects in Amsterdam were visited by the Japanese social housing cooperation Urban Renaissance Agency (UR), a government-affiliated company with a housing stock of 700,000 dwellings in Japan. Another visitor was Real Public Estate (Re-public Estate), which works to match public property with private users, and specialising in architecture, community development and community management. Cascoland, UR and Re-public Estate share a common interest in the development of post-war neighbourhoods in transition. The guests were impressed by Cascoland's out-of-the-box approach and by the equal role a Dutch creative collective can play in the collaboration with public authorities and corporations.

Now Cascoland has been invited by UR and Re-public Estate to give a presentation of their work in Tokyo, to organise a workshop with them and to start a collaboration based on its in-house expertise. The goals are to find new methods of bottom-up development in Japan, to develop 'shared spaces & services' that are multi-functional, -national and –generational, and to invest in social programmes that can inform a process of renovating social housing in post-war neighbourhoods in Tokyo.

'Cascoland Tokyo Presentation Exchange Trip' receives the Voucher for international knowledge sharing and further development of the design research Cascoland Van Deyssel / De Eendagszaak previously developed under the Open Call Designing a Community of Care. More information about the Voucher Programme Action Agenda International is available here.
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Extractions

Rademacher de Vries Architects, 2020

€7.442
In the context of the Internationalisation voucher, Rademacher de Vries is collaborating with Cambridge University and Sanchez Benton to investigate the links between natural resource mining, new regional construction cultures and heritage. This study is based on the ENCI Energy Landscape project as an example of the interweaving of nature, industry and heritage. This unique area development was moreover made possible through an unusual partnership involving the commercial sector, the neighbourhood, nature organisations and the government.

The project has three international ambitions: to exchange knowledge, to contribute to education and to expand professional networks. The international exchange focuses on the extraction of building materials and the regional consequences in terms of construction culture and the landscape, based on the outcomes of the earlier ENCI Energy Landscape project. These experiences, and the role the Creative Industries Fund NL played in supporting the project, provide a relevant precedent that will be shared in a lecture at Cambridge University. This lecture is followed by a two-day workshop in which students reflect on the relationship between building materials and their source of extraction. The hypothesis is that a more systemic understanding of how building materials are sourced regionally can feed back into a more deliberate architectural sensibility. The third part of the exchange will be a professional meet-up with several young architectural practices in London through a working dinner around the theme of regional design in peri-urban contexts.

'Extractions UK/NL' will receive the Voucher for the international knowledge sharing and further development of the design research ENCI Energy Landscape - Het onverenigbare verenigd, previously developed under the Open Call New Energy for the Landscape II. More information about the Voucher Programme Action Agenda International is available here.
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Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call phase 3

Mersin Citylab

Play the City, Mersin University, 2020

€20.000
In the previous phase, Play the City (NL) and Mersin University (TR) developed, together with local partners, city game sessions as an interactive means to work with various stakeholders to design an integrated urban transformation plan for two city boroughs (Demirtas en Alsancak) around the Murtu River in the Turkish city of Mersin. The sessions focused on the following five themes: housing, water, mobility, urban agriculture and the local economy. Around 200 participants came together, including community organisations, NGOs, various departments of the municipality, water companies, the architects' association and experts in each field. Partners include: SokakBizim Istanbul, Amsterdam Rainproof, Mediamatic and city lab Buiksloterham.

In this follow up phase, the team will focus on further strengthening the new city lab and on expanding the activities. The activities consist of: 1) organising new game sessions in another city borough, the fast growing Mezitli district, with a particular focus on encouraging women and migrants in the local economy to participate, 2) developing a new game session around sustainable food/slow food, 3) establishing an agreement with the Mersin municipality to implement the plans, 4) publishing a book about the process of setting up the Mersin Citylab and the results so far. The publication gives examples from both Mersin and Amsterdam and is written by Turkish and Dutch experts and stakeholders. The team intends to organise a book launch during the We Make The City 2020 in Amsterdam event, followed by a book launch in Turkey.

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Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call phase 3

Harvesting Optimism

IND [Inter.National.Design], 2020

€20.000
Harvesting Optimism is a film that showcases and shares the knowledge and results from the research project Closing the Circle with a wide audience. 'CLOSING THE CIRCLE' developed new design guidelines for closed loop farming systems. Arman Akdogan and Felix Madrazo – founders of IND, Inter.National.Design, are involved in this project, together with Turkish and Dutch researchers, innovative farmers and energy consultants.

In this follow-up phase the team is making a short documentary that addresses the themes from the design study, such as innovative agricultural practices, circularity, art, design and energy transitions. In this film, both Turkish and Dutch experts discuss on-site -- in Rotterdam, Erzincan, Almere, Istanbul and Bursa -- the experiments they are currently involved with. The film also shows some highlights from the Closing the Circle conference. It is the aim of this film to show new practices that are a positive driving force in the agricultural sector today, such as Dutch and Turkish sustainable farming projects that take a responsible approach to the environment, the city, animal welfare and sustainable use of resources. Onur Can Tepe (script writer), Gülfem Akdoğan (video editor) and Melis Eryiğit Samir (marketing & PR) are added to the core team to produce this film. Thereby, the team will get assistance from experienced filmmakers, among onthers Jasper Goldman and Stefan Malešević.

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Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call phase 3

Tour de Turquie - a bicycle road show

Artgineering/ Novusens/ Sustainable Solutions, 2020

€20.000
In the previous phase, Sustainable Solutions (NL), Artgineering (BE) and Novusens (TR) developed an integral cycling master plan for the Turkish city of Lüleburgaz. The plan, in the form of a book, shows how cycling can be used as a catalyst for a more sustainable, inclusive and democratic urban community. The plan takes a holistic approach consisting of three different elements: hardware, software and orgware.

In this follow-up phase, the team will focus on sharing their knowledge with other Turkish cities that are looking at investing more resources into cycling. The format is a 'Bicycle Road Show' campaign, whereby a team will visit four cities in the course of a week: Istanbul (opening), Bursa, Eskisehir and finally Ankara. During this tour, the team will organise meetings, workshops and seminars with municipalities and other stakeholders. Although a lot of Turkish cities have already started to invest in cycling projects such as bike sharing systems and the construction of cycle paths, the team noticed during previous phases that not much knowledge is available with regard to 'how' best to do this. Additionally, the city of Lüleburgaz is different from other cities as this municipality first invested in creating a positive perception around cycling before investing in the physical cycling infrastructure. Recently introduced new Turkish legislation encourages investment in cycling networks and the team therefore believes that this is a good time to further spread the knowledge that has been acquired. The road show will take place mid-April 2020.

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Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call phase 3

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Knitwear Lab, Bersa Triko, Marmara University, 2020

€20.000
In the previous phase, Knitwear Lab (NL), knitting manufacturer BersaTriko (TR) and the Textile department of Marmara University (TR) designed a hat and scarf collection using residual materials from the textile industry for the new 'Realist' brand. The team looks at ways to regenerate clean, unworn residual materials into new strong yarn that can be reused. The team visited recycling region Uşak to learn more about the waste issues caused by the huge textile production industry in Turkish cities. Fashion house Maison the Faux presented an interactive performance at the launch of the collection at the Dutch Consulate General in Istanbul. It is the aim of this project to convince both consumers and the textile industry that it is possible to have a regenerated fashion industry in Turkey.

In this follow-up phase, the team will focus on the following two objectives: 1) sharing knowledge with students and professionals in the fashion field and 2) in-depth research and process improvements to enable fashion chains to implement this on a larger scale. The team is developing workshops for Turkish and Dutch universities, fashion brands and retailers. Knitwear Lab, in partnership with yarn developers Haksa (TR) and Espima (TR), is also looking at ways to improve the quality of the yarn and how other types of residual materials such as printed and used fabrics can be reused. After all, a large-scale implementation of the project requires a large quantity of residual materials. During this phase, the team will also approach a number of prominent Turkish, Dutch and German fashion chains.

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Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call phase 3

The Samarsky Yard

Schiemann Weyers Architects, 2020

€20.000
In the previous phase, Schiemann Weyers Architects and various Russian and Dutch partners carried out research into the demolition of the historical heritage of the post-socialist city of Samara (the 'Wooden City' and the 'Samarsky Yard'). In this project the team aims to establish a dialogue about the meaning of the city's heritage and the specific architecture for the city's identity and how to bridge the gap between citizens, activists, developers and the authorities. The team organised a series of meetings and, together with graphic designer Joost Grootens, developed a design for an atlas in which all the collected information can be presented to the various stakeholders in an accessible and objective way.

In this follow-up phase, the team will focus on further knowledge sharing and the publication of the atlas in the form of a book. The team had originally thought to create only a digital atlas, but in the previous phase they came to the conclusion that a physical book will better emphasise the quality and relevance of the information for the relevant stakeholders in Russia. The book will consist of approximately 400 pages, hundreds of maps, graphs, typographies, photos, stories and interviews. The collaboration partner, Russian publisher Tatlin Publishing House, will be responsible for production and distribution. The book will be published in English and Russian. The team will organise a symposium in the House of Architects in Samara about this project in May 2020 when they release the first 1000 copies of the book.

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Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call phase 3

New Media Centre in Yekaterinburg

SVESMI HOLDING BV, 2020

€20.000
SVESMI (NL), together with the Municipal Association of Libraries (MAL), the cultural department of the municipality of Yekaterinburg and The July 16 Agency, is working on a new type of social centre in the city of Yekaterinburg, Russia. The project continues to build on the physical structure of municipal libraries from the socialist welfare system that continue to have an important social role and reputation. The team states that this library network is ripe for renewal to better reflect the needs of contemporary society. It is the final aim of this project to truly transform 'library 17' within the library network into a New Media Centre, based on the draft design resulting from the research findings.

In this follow-up phase, the team aims to increase and strengthen support among various parties. They hope to achieve this by continuing the cultural programme through a series of special lectures under the title 'Stars in the Library'. The team will actively involve the press to encourage debate about a strategic repurposing of the library system in order to generate more attention for the project and the vision. The team aims to write two articles for strategic publication to place the project in an international context around the contemporary role and meaning of libraries as meeting places. At the same time, the draft design will be elaborated further into an Album, which will form the final part of the manual that was developed in phase 2. The team and the Municipal Association of Libraries will use this promotional document to inspire influential stakeholders. Phase three will therefore also focus on local politics, government and potential private investors in order to increase the opportunities for the actual transformation of 'library 17' in Yekaterinburg.
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Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call phase 3

Connecting Deltas

Shift Works, Art of Co-creation, Nieuwplaatz, IceAlex en Abdalla Daif, 2020

€20.000
In the previous phase, Art of Co-creation (NL), Shift Works (NL), Nieuwplaatz (NL), IceAlexinnovation hub (EG) and AbdallaDaif (EG) set up an Urban Learning Lab and educational programme on the theme of local water issues in the Egyptian Delta. The team brought together approximately 450 participants, including members of the local population, farmers, entrepreneurs, water experts, researchers, engineers, designers and artists. The project aims to encourage innovative, bottom-up solutions and to create a local community that is adaptable and resilient in the face of various water-related threats. TU Delft and Alexandria University are involved with this project as scientific partners.

In this follow-up phase, the team will focus on further knowledge sharing and on establishing a long-term partnership with two universities. The team will organise a week-long creative workshop programme where one Dutch and five Egyptian designers will convert the acquired knowledge and experience into a cartoon book and posters/stickers. The team will also manage the Connecting Delta's website for a period of three years with content such as interviews with new local initiatives, and will launch a monthly newsletter with a focus on climate change and its effects on the Egyptian Delta water cycle. The team will further invite an associate professor, who wants to continue this project in Egypt, for a visitor's programme in the Netherlands and a lecture at TU Delft.

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Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call phase 3

The Tea of Social Ecology

Bureau LADA, CILAS, 2020

€20.000
'The Tea of Social Ecology' is a follow-up to the Labbanah Gardens project in the historic El Labbanah district in Islamic Cairo. The project consists of a series of four spatial interventions, linked to a cultural programme on social ecology, energy production and living heritage. The project takes place in a hidden garden in Beit Yakan.

In this follow-up phase, the team will create an online publication that combines and visually represents all the observations made during the project, including the tensions around property and heritage and the pressure on public space. This publication consists of (street) photography, route mapping and everyday objects and customs, resulting in a narrative district guide titled 'Accidental Living Heritage Guide'. The digital publication also contains reflective essays on the decolonisation of heritage and living heritage. Forty copies of this publication will be printed as hard copy. The team will also organise 2 public events: CILAS's tea seminar and the Tree Storytelling Event. These events will include discussions with grassroots organisations about the various ways living heritage can be protected, particularly with regard to Fatimid, UNESCO's most densely populated heritage location.

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