Urban Detectives is a platform initiated in 2008 for the organization of (education related) workshops.
CxB: TSD | SHK | BK
The CSI is the first workshop series of the Urban Detectives offered to students and practitionners of the architectural profession. We collaborate with local academia, commercial professionals, politicians and locals users to provide our participants a diverse frame of reference in the places we visit. We work closely with artists in a search for new ways to represent the changing modes of urban dynamics.
The First City Space Investigation Workshop took place in April 2008 in New York. Conceived as a pilot participatory approaches were testes around the topic of the relation between the formal and the informal in the built environment.
In April 2009 a Group of 15 students carried out individual research in the city of São Paulo looking at urban informality, its spatial manifestations and possible implications for the design profession. Results have been displayed in a well received exhibition at the TU Delft and presented at two international conferences.
In April 2010 the last City Space Investigations will take place in the city of Lagos, bringing Nigerian and Dutch students together to work on questions of sustainable urbanization. The workshop follows a 3-fold framework: preparation, two weeks on-site and a post-production phase and expands once again our ICT frameworks.
The workshop series V2C aims to stimulate professional exchange and discussions about current problematics in virulent urban environments. For each event a planning vision is formulated of which specific sites are selected for further investigations. Within a condensed week program international and national planners and architects, designers and artists are invited to develop concepts for a better future.
The first V2C will take place in São Paulo in 2010 as direct spin-off of the successful CSI.SP workshop in 2009. As a consequence to the large and positive feedback on the CSI we are currently elaborating plans for alternative frameworks. For this reason the initially scheduled March workshop might shift towards Fall 2010.
The CxB addresses the increasing tension between urban agglomerations and political containment. City corridors of up to hundred of million inhabitants generating the majority of gross national productions symbolize urban monsters that will require different appraoches to unveal their operational complexities. The CxB workshop analyze border conditions of twin cities around the world.
The First Cities without Borders workshop is scheduled for October 2010. Currently elaborated by a local agent the CSI team has chosen the border cities of San Diego (US) and Tijuana (Mex) to investigate transborder urbanizations and their implication. Information will follow soon, but do not hesitate to contact us for information and suggestions.