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Open Call Egypt: Darb el Labana Lab
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Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call

Open Call Egypt: Darb el Labana Lab

Bureau LADA, LALA Studio en CILAS, 2018

€15.000
Bureau LADA (NL), LALA Studio (EG) and CILAS (EG) are setting up the Darb el Labana Lab that focuses on the historic district of Darb el Labana in islamic Cairo. The district is rich in cultural heritage, but this is mainly visible in dilapidated monuments. The heritage is considered as a burden and an obstruction to new developments. Additionally, the district is struggling with a shrinking and aging community, which generally has limited access to basic facilities such as water, electricity, healthcare and education. LALA Studio is located in the district and feels deeply involved. It sees potential in revitalization of the area by taking the cultural heritage as starting point. Together with Bureau LADA they are undertaking interventions to create awareness in the community and, in doing so, to achieve a shared future, with heritage as the starting point and impulse for change. In setting up and carrying out the activities, they are aiming at different target groups and themes, such as young people and ecology. During the start phase the partnerships for realizing the interventions will be maintained and the programme will be developed.

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Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call

(An)other Vernacular

Afaina de Jong & Grafikens Hus, 2019

€25.000
(An)other Vernacular is a collaboration between architect Afaina de Jong and Grafikens Hus, a museum for graphic design in Södertälje, Sweden. In the project (An)other Vernacular, De Jong investigates how spatial and graphic elements can construct identity and presence within the context of the 21st-century city. (An)other Vernacular evaluates the dominant architectural paradigm within contemporary urban life. The project aims to create a public space that offers a different perspective to the dominant culture.
The first part of the project is based on on-site research in the form of direct observation of people and communities in their urban environment. In addition to this research, the Grafikens Hus facilitates monthly participatory design workshops with Afaina de Jong and local residents. The project results in the design of a public pavilion to be opened in the summer of 2020.

This project was honored from the Open Call Talent Development in an International Context 2018
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Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call

Ceramic Residency Kasia Zareba

Studio Kasia Zareba & Vista Alegre, 2019

€12.500
Designer Kasia Zareba was selected to develop her project during the residency programme in Portugal at IDPool (International Design Pool), the creative laboratory of ceramic company Vista Alegre. During the residency, Zareba will investigate the influence of colour on the perception of objects and the influence of colour on the environment. Her objective is to learn about ceramic production processes in the context of large modern company Vista Alegre. In a subsequent step, Zareba will implement the knowledge gained in the production of her own brand Krafla, which she set up together with Paulina Pająk and in which she collaborates with other young designers. The residency takes place from 7 January to 29 March 2019.

This project was honored from the Open Call Talent Development in an International Context 2018
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Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call

We, the Presidents of Planet Earth

Stëfan Schäfer & Archive Books, 2019

€25.000
We, the Presidents of Planet Earth is a design study and publication on how collective memory operates within a culturally defined perception of time, taking Russia as its starting point. The core of the book is a dialogue between the futuristic poet Velimir Khlebnikov and the Kalmyks, a Mongolian minority in Russia. These two worlds are connected and portrayed in different ways. The starting point is the 'zeg' (eyelid) symbol, which is important in the culture of the Kalmyk people but has changed its meaning under the influence of other cultures. Within this trajectory Schäfer works together with artist Jasmijn Visser and Berlin scientist Elena Vogman. Archive Books is a relevant partner in guiding work with experimental and alternative narrative structures. The publication and the study will be presented with an additional public programme at the end of 2019 at Stroom The Hague, Archive Books Berlin and the Museum of Moscow.

This project was honored from the Open Call Talent Development in an International Context 2018
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Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call

Building Floating, Circular and Resilient Communities

Space & Matter & ONE Architecture, 2019

€25.000
Space & Matter and ONE Architecture are together developing an urban vision for creating floating, circular and resilient communities in the US. They are focusing on three specific and tangible urban transformation locations, situated in former port areas and subject to flood risks. The locations are the San Francisco Bay area, the Boston Waterfront and New York's Red Hook. The latter is the pilot site. Space & Matter brings relevant knowledge and experience from their Dutch design practice to this project. In Amsterdam they were developers and co-developers of the projects De Ceuvel and the SchoonSchip, which are also located within a flood-sensitive Urban Delta. SchoonSchip and De Ceuvel both originated as bottom-up initiatives with a circular design and self-sufficiency in energy. Progress will be presented at the Smart Cities conference in New York in May 2019 and at the Chicago Biennale in September 2019.

This project was conditionally honored from the Open Call Talent Development in an International Context 2018
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Grant Programme for Internationalization Start-up grant

Body Building

Cookies, 2019

€7.500
'Body Building' is a project by the Dutch designstudio Cookies on the work by Lina Bo Bardi and Clarice Lispector. They were part of the movement to create a new radical language in Brazil between 1950 and 1980, when the country was subject to intense political unrest. Both produced works that redefined structural and linear parameters in architecture and literature. In Teatro Oficina, the iconic building by Bo Bardi in Sao Paulo, Cookies will stage a presentation/performance of the text 'The Egg and the Chicken' by Lispector. Incorporating stage architecture, art, animation, acting and costume design, this project represents a collaboration that expands the definition of theatre, architecture and design. The knowledge and experience gained will be brought back to the Netherlands through lectures, workshops and performances with partners such as Het Nieuwe Instituut.
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