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Open Call Morocco: Affordable Housing Casablanca

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Open Call Morocco: Affordable Housing Casablanca

bureauSLA and Idmaj Sakan, 2018

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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Grant Programme for Internationalization Research


The City, 2019

SEE is a project focusing on spatial inequality in Cape Town. SEE uses knowledge gained from memories, stories and archives about the fight for justice to make the shared history of the Netherlands and Cape Town more visible and to formulate an alternative future. The SEE project's objective is to create new stories centring on an equal Cape Town and which explore a future based on its Creole identity through architecture and (digital) design. SEE offers insights for discussions about contested histories, representation and equality in the public domain and the construction and deconstruction of postcolonial domains and identities in the Netherlands and beyond. The plan comprises design studios from Cape Town and Rotterdam, a transnational academy in Amsterdam, a newspaper and a digital platform that will gather and distribute the results. The City is collaborating with architect Arna Mačkić, Wayne Modest of the Tropenmuseum/RCMC, the Black Archives, Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Institute for Creative Arts (SA) and the Urban Design Institute of South Africa.

Grant Programme for Internationalization Exhibition

Sound of Akoya and Sea

Kumi Hiroi, 2019

Kumi Hiroi creates a form of visual language by combining photography, storytelling and graphic design in which she emphasises the complexity of the various techniques. She is developing the study and work 'Sound of Akoya and Sea' in the Netherlands and in Nagasaki, in collaboration with Dutch and Japanese makers. Based on personal experiences and dialogues, she accentuates the differences and similarities between the Dutch and Japanese perspectives on nature. In this project, she further concentrates on the surroundings of the Omura bay in Nagasaki, where Akoya pearls are cultivated. Working with a local pearl business, she investigates the history and context of the production of the pearls and how this relates to the landscape. Hiroi will present this new work at exhibitions in Hokyuann & Sorisso Riso in the Omura bay, Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum and the IMA gallery in Tokyo in autumn 2019. 'Sound of Akoya and Sea'is part of a larger ongoing project, Akoya and the environment, which was launched by curator Chitose Ochi in 2016.

Grant Programme for Internationalization Presentation

Noordkaap Taxi

Noordkaap, 2019

In the summer of 2019, Noordkaap Taxi will be driving through the city of Cologne with site-specific works by JODI, Abner Preis and Max Dovey, allowing passengers from the city and its suburbs to take rides in the intersecting plane of performance and digital culture. Topical issues such as Dataschutz, Dieselverboten, self-driving cars, surveillance capitalism and the rise of yellow vests in Germany serve to elicit memories from the passengers. These memories and recordings are edited and stored in a new online archive for Cologne, an initiative by Cologne's Akademie der Künste der Welt. With its focus on digital storytelling, VR entertainment and DIY internet technology, Noordkaap is collaborating with, among others, students from Junge Akademie and Game Lab Cologne. Using experimental communication strategies, the organisation hopes to reach a broad audience in addition to the academy's regular, highly educated audience. For the graphic design, Noordkaap is collaborating with students from Amsterdam's Gerrit Rietveld Academie.

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The Generator Foundation / Gamma festival

Todaysart, 2019

Russia's largest music and arts festival, Gamma, will be organised for the fourth time from 19 to 22 July 2019 in St. Petersburg. This year, TodaysArt has been invited as the 'featured festival'. In addition to a co-curated programme at the festival and the conference GAMMA PRO in July, the collaboration comprises a series of presentations and workshops in Moscow and St Petersburg prior to the festival. Furthermore, Edwin van der Heide, along with Japanese artist Shohei Fujimoto and Russian artist Sergey Filatov, will be given the opportunity to develop new works at the commission of the Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory St Petersburg, Leiden Observatory and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. These works will be presented during the festival, in addition to works by such artists as Gabey Tjon A Tham, Tarik Barri, Thomas Ankersmit and Alvin Lucier.

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Presentation at Gamescom 2019

Dutch Games Association, 2019

The Dutch Game Association (DGA) is organising a presentation in the form of a pavilion at Gamescom in Cologne in August 2019. Gamescom is the most important international event to boost the growth of the Dutch video game industry. It offers opportunities for networking, internationalisation, knowledge sharing, inspiration and commercial activities. Through the pavilion and the activities that are organised there, talented young Dutch developers can grow their international network and gain knowledge. Before the convention, DGA will provide a preparatory course in the form of a pitch training by key figures in the field, and an aftercare programme to ensure a good follow-up.

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