On 31 April, Shift organized a lunch lecture in which recently the graduated architect Nico Schouten presented his master thesis project: Redesigning waste.
His project aimed to challenge the perception of waste by using discarded PET plastic as a building material for residential homes. His design was located in a small plot in Buiksloterham, just a block away from the plot that is the focus for the design project for the Urban Environments course. Nico wrote a definition for what circularity in the built environment meant for him as a blueprint for his design. His focus was on materials and technology, placed in a context of social, economic and environmental considerations.
The lunch lecture was followed by an open discussion amongst students!
The latest edition of DiscoverIE has somehow been released during the busiest period of the year for the IE students!
Congratulations to all of the budding authors that are featured this month. And thank you to Shift’s Network Coordinator for managing and organising the writing and publication process with some editorial help from the inimitable Alan!
Click here to download and enjoy 😀
Through the mighty network of Shift, a connection has been formed with a web-designer from Rotterdam. Jack has kindly offered to redesign our website for free, as part of his degree. We’re hoping to have this new version up by the summer. Jack has designed a survey to help him understand the website requirements. If you could fill it out, it’d be invaluable!
Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C2W2HKD
Estimated time: 2 minutes.
The first edition of the spanking new IESA Newsletter ‘DiscoverIE’ has been released!
Head over to the Newsletter section of the website to check it out. Soon the content will be released as separate pieces on the website too so future content-seekers don’t need to download pdfs to find what they’re after. But initially the Shift news team decided to release as a single cohesive document. Looking forward to your feedback and future contributions!
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Lunch Lecture: Challenges of the post-fossil city
Who? Wytske Versteeg
Where? TU Delft TPM (room to be announced)
When? 1 May
Why? Get educated on experiences from the field (and free lunch)
Wytske Versteeg (1983) graduated cum laude as a political scientist. She works with the Urban Futures Studio (University of Utrecht), as member of the curatorial team for the Post-Fossil City Contest. Next to this, she is a novelist: her work has been translated into five languages.
Thinking of a decarbonized city, we tend to focus on sterile, technological images: a ubiquitous availability of self-driving cars, efficiently controlled by urban dashboards. What we lack is a sense of the everyday spirit of living; the embodied experience of dwelling, working and moving around in the bustling post-fossil cities of the future. In response to this problem, the Urban Futures Studio organized the post-fossil city contest, asking for creative imaginations as to how cities can employ the immense challenge of decarbonization to become places that sustain natural, social, economic, and creative life. We received 250 responses from all over the world, and are currently working with 10 finalists. How can imaginations open up different ‘future worlds’, which we could not conceive with traditional planning and forecast tools? And what constitutes a good imagination of the future?
Want to know more about Wytske? Visit her website: www.wytskeversteeg.nl[Organized by Shift’s very own inimitable Frederique!]
Good day fellow Shiftizens and guests,
As you may (or more likely not) have noticed, this website has not been updated in quite a while. Today, a group of six students took it upon themselves to volunteer some of their Saturday afternoon, to remedy this deplorable situation.
It’s still a work in progress, but progress has begun! If there are things you’d like to see on the site or want to get involved in future sessions, let one of the board know. Not sure who that is? Well better head over to the updated board page then! You’ll have to wait just a tiny bit longer for the publication of the hotly anticipated newsletter. And if you want some free marketing, maybe we’ll think about adding your organization to the related groups page!
Onwards and Upwards,