BURA urbanism and Crimson Historians & Urbanists 

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This research is an initiative of BURA urbanism and Crimson

Historians & Urbanists. Together with other experts, the

parties will explore the impact and consequences of growth

thinking on the design, functioning and development of our

cities, called the ‘Post-Growth City’.

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BURA is an office for urban design, research and(landscape) architecture and aims to offer solutions for healthy and sustainable development of city and countryside by means of targeted urban development strategies and innovative research. We use a researching and cooperative design attitude to bind parties to each other and thus want to contribute to solutions for larger social challenges. The aim of research by design is to explore possible futures and to ask fundamental questions about the way in which we can design sustainable and just cities. Marco Broekman, Jordy Stamps and Frank de Boer will be involved from BURA.

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Marco Broekman

Partner BURA

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Jordy Stamps

Projectleader

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Frank de Boer

Assistant designer

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Since its inception in 1994, CRIMSON Historians & Urbanists has developed into a hybrid practice which has the contemporary city as its subject. Crimson’s work is characterized by thorough (historical) research on the basis of which strategies for the city are developed. CRIMSON designs for the city, researches the city, gives lectures about it, writes texts, makes books and exhibitions, gives advice and formulates policy. CRIMSON is an expert in postwar architecture and urban development and is involved in a large number of redevelopment and transformation projects of iconic buildings or areas, including municipal and national monuments. CRIMSON’s work has its roots in academic research and its translation into practice. From Crimson, Michelle Provoost, Mike Emmerik and Wouter Vanstiphout will be involved.

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Michelle Provoost

Architectural Historian

Mike Emmerik

Urbanist

Wouter Vanstiphout 

Architectural Historian

Partners in the research

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Independent School for the City

The Independent School for the City is a postgraduate education platform based in Rotterdam. The school is an independent foundation, but was founded on the initiative of Crimson Historians and Urbanists and ZUS (Zones Urbaines Sensibles) and is rooted in their practice of combining a critical and activist approach to the city with effecting real change through architecture and planning projects. The Independent School for the City is based on a strong belief in an incremental rather than a tabula rasa approach to urban planning, blurring the lines between criticism and practice on the one hand, and research and policy on the other.

 

The Independent School for the City is a partner in this project and will contribute from its own resources to the research through the organization of a teaching studio “Post-Growth City”, that will take place from November 14-18, 2022, and the organization of public meetings.

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Municipality of Amsterdam

Growing within borders is one of the five strategic choices from the Amsterdam 2050 environmental vision that was adopted by the city council last summer. At the same time, the city is growing in population and more jobs are being created. An interesting location to unleash the Post-Growth idea. Frank van den Beuken (substantive project manager Environmental Vision, Spatial Planning and Sustainability) is the contact person for the study.

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Municipality of Amsterdam

Growing within borders is one of the five strategic choices from the Amsterdam 2050 environmental vision that was adopted by the city council last summer. At the same time, the city is growing in population and more jobs are being created. An interesting location to unleash the Post-Growth idea. Frank van den Beuken (substantive project manager Environmental Vision, Spatial Planning and Sustainability) is the contact person for the study.

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Think tank

In the preliminary study, we already spoke to various experts (Jan Jongert, Christian Lamker, Maarten Haijer, Arda Basak, Crelis Rammelt and Edwin Buitelaar) and gained new insights. In addition, a few more talks are planned (Hans ten Hoeve, Jason Hickel and Federico Savini). Together, these experts form the think tank for the research into the Post-Growth City, contributing in hours, knowledge and reflection.