Online Studio: Superdiverse Cities

Independent School for the City

Studio, Workshop
20.11.2020 - 27.11.2020

About the Programme

Recently the term Superdiversity was introduced as a way of looking at the mix of identities of our cities in a less reductive, less statistical way. Superdiverse cities bring with them a next stage in the integration process, where ethnicity no longer is the most important let alone the sole factor with which people define themselves. Instead of the old dividing lines of ethnicity or language, superdiversity seems to create new connections. Communities also start being based on other factors like religion, profession, sexual orientation or neighbourhood, in which many ethnicities and languages are mixed. In other words: the simple pie chart of ethnicity becomes mixed up into a fluid composition of overlapping and mixing colours. During this online course, we use and develop different (Covid-proof) methods and strategies to get an as detailed as possible image of superdiversity in our streets. Basic tools are photography, observation, walks and talks. You can choose a street in your city of residence where you expect to find a great diversity of identities. In online conversations with various experts and the other participants, we ask you to unravel and unfold this street, to find out which shared spaces, languages, symbols and activities are to be found there. Returning to the field regularly, we aim to create a certain sensitivity towards people and communities, towards signs and languages.

Who's Coming

Architects, Urbanists, Historians, Sociologists and other 'urban' studies.

About You

Regular tickets are available for 250 euro. Student tickets are available for 200 euro.

About Us

The Independent School for the City is a platform for urban professionals to explore the complexity and contradictions of the global city. Social Sciences, Economy, Planning, Design, History and other "urban studies" are brought together in a trans-disciplinary community of learning. The school has deep roots and a strong presence in the city of Rotterdam and is part of a wide and diverse international network of practices and institutions. It is rooted in the practice of Crimson Historians & Urbanists and Z.U.S of combining a critical, activist approach to the city with effecting real change through architectural and planning projects. Blurring the line between critique and practice, research and policy and a strong belief in an incremental instead of a tabula rasa approach to city planning.