Summer School AGAINST THE SMOOTH CITY

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For this one-week Summerschool, the Independent School for the City teamed up with René Boer and Mark Minkjan of Failed Architecture, who will guide the participants in a critical engagement with contemporary urban smoothness. After collectively developing a nuanced understanding of the smooth dimensions of central Rotterdam, participants will start working in small groups on strategies and design interventions which will focus on developing a critical response to the ‘smoothness’ of a certain place, and the potential qualities of ‘unsmooth’ spaces. Which tools can be mobilized to disrupt the city’s smooth facade? Can policies allow for unsmoothening public space? Is it possible to ‘design against the smooth city’?

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