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Radical City: Learning from Black Rock City

What lessons from Burning Man festival could be useful to permanent cities like Amsterdam? With Steven Raspa of Burning Man.
This event is in English
Monday 2 Dec 2019, 20.00
ma 2 dec 2019, 20.00
Grote zaal

Amsterdam is working on a new longterm vision for the metropolitan area. Since the 'Structuurvisie 2040' was passed, major changes have taken place. The number of inhabitants grows faster than anticipated, the explosive growth of tourism is threatening to close down the city centre, nature-positive development is a must, and climate change is a fact, as is the challenge of a growing social-economic divide in the city. What lessons from Burning Man could possibly be useful to permanent cities facing real development challenges? What makes cities worth living in? How do we save our cities from becoming expensive tourist traps with no local authentic culture? How can our cities be more expressive, experimental, radically inclusive, socially connected, peaceful, and fun? These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this talk.

Come learn how some of the experimentation of Burning Man’s temporary Black Rock City, a fully co-created city of 80.000 inhabitants in the middle of a desert, can be and has been applied to permanent cities and urban planning. And, of course, expect a good time!

About Steven Raspa
$teven Ra$pa is Burning Man’s Associate Director of Community Events. He is an artist, arts advocate, community organiser, producer and lover of cities. As a founding member of the Burning Man Regional Network and Regional Events Committee, he nurtures creative communities around the world that plan temporary creative towns, cities and civic projects based on the ethos and 10 guiding Principles of Burning Man. He has 20+ years of experience supporting a growing and globally dispersed community of artists, makers, and freethinkers. He speaks internationally on subjects relating to the arts and urban planning.

Caroline Combé

Caroline Combé is Chief Planner at the Physical Planning Department City of Amsterdam. The City of Amsterdam is working on a new Strategy on Spatial Planning and the Environment for the metropolitan area, including topics like the co-creative city and the fair city. More than ever before in Amsterdam’s long tradition of structural planning, the City of Amsterdam wants this vision to take shape in an open process, with citizens and organisations. What can we learn from the principles and transformational power of Burning Man?

Marleen Stikker

Marleen Stikker is founder of Waag, a social enterprise that consists of a research institute for creative technologies and social innovation. Waag works towards the understanding of present-day commons and implements new forms of commoning. What does it mean to see the city as a commons and why is this one of the key questions at the moment in Amsterdam?

Stanja van Mierlo

Built on reclaimed land, Stanja van Mierlo managed to build the beach bar of her dreams in Blijburg aan Zee. After 15 years of pioneering, the colourful hangout located in IJburg had to close its doors permanently in 2018. Like no other, she knows what it means being a City Maker and entrepreneur working in the temporary. How can we create a level playing field in which placemaking can go beyond the temporary?

Ramon de Lima

As a night culture advocate, event producer and (music) journalist, Ramon de Lima is at the forefront of the creative night-time industry in Amsterdam. The Night Mayor Foundation aims to ensure Amsterdam has a dynamic and vibrant nightlife – by bridging the gaps between the municipality, nightclubs, the creative community, and residents. He also co-founded the temporary club Kondo. In it’s short and ‘under the radar’ existence, the now-closed non-commercial pop-up culture space actively advocated for an inclusive dance floor and provided an important platform for young local artists. Kondo was not only a fascinating experiment that raises questions about the nightlife policy of the municipality of Amsterdam, but it also showed how you as a community can make a difference.

Tjeerd Haccou

From an off-grid creative incubator in refurbished houseboats to an online platform to kickstart the transformation of vacant real estate, with their on- and offline architectures agency Space & Matter designs and develops community-focused environments and processes.

Eric Frijters

As an architect and urban designer, Eric Frijters from FABRICations, spends his time leading a multidisciplinary team in the investigation and strategic design of resilient urban regions, challenging traditional and unsustainable models in city-making. Based on the assumption that cities, just like living organisms, are complex, interrelated systems, what are fit methodologies to connect new experiences like climate adaptation, circular economy, and energy transition to traditional challenges and new business models?

This event is in English
Monday 2 Dec 2019, 20.00
Grote zaal
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