Newsletter January 2017


A Happy and Inspiring 2017!

At INTI, we’re starting the year with a promising program.
This is our agenda:

- We’ll be doing 4 New Town Labs  
- We’ll continue our international research project A City of Comings and Goings
- There’s going to be another International New Town Day 2017
- We’ll finish Two publications

> 4 New Town Labs <

will be held respectively in Alamar (Cuba), Curitiba (Brazil), Nairobi (Kenya) and Shenzhen (China). New Town Labs are rapid planning workshops in which urgent urbanization questions are tackled by a multidisciplinary expert team. These urbanization questions are related to the themes of food production, water issues and participation. 

The combination of urbanization and agriculture will be the focus of the New Town Lab in Curitiba while the workshop in Alamar will take on the possibility of a circular economy to address the lack of drinking water and increase the future value of the organoponico’s (urban plantations). In Tatu City the Lab will develop design strategies for public spaces in which food production, leisure, sports, water and ecological values are intertwined. Finally, in Shenzhen , the concept of Sponge City will be addressed. 

In these four New Town Labs, Dutch expertise will be coupled with local competences. Concept design will be delivered that can also be exemplary for other cities. 
The New Town Labs are supported by the Creative Industries Fund, Rendeavour and Guangming.

> A City of Comings and Goings <

is a joint project by Crimson Architectural Historians and INTI, reflecting on the way we deal with the massive migrations flows and the increased dynamics of temporary living in Western European cities. These trends reveal a wider problem concerning the (lack of) flexibility and absorption capacity of our cities. The first results of the research in Vienna, London-South, Berlin-Kreuzberg, Aarhus and Prato will be presented in Amsterdam, June 2017. The project is supported by the EFL-foundation and BPD developers. 

> The International New Town Day 2017 <

will be held on June 28, 2017 in Milton Keynes (UK), a New Town celebrating its 50th birthday this year. Organized in cooperation with the local municipality and the Academy of Urbanism, this second edition will reflect on New Towns as Cities of Comings and Goings with an impressive number of UK, European and other international speakers.
The program is open to proposals and contributions. Please do not hesitate to get in contact with us to discuss your possible involvement. 

> Two books <

will be finished this year: the publication Vinexmensen, edited by JaapJan Berg, deals with the emerging urban culture of the recent housing estates in the Netherlands called the Vinexwijken and speculates about their future. In Urban Africa, Rachel Keeton and Michelle Provoost analyze 20th Century and present African cities in order to come up with lessons for the future of African urbanization. This book is a cooperation with UN Habitat.


We hope to meet you during one of our activities! Feel free to contact us if you want to be part of our projects, start a new one or become a member of our network INTImi.


Thank you for your support: Arcadis, RoyalHaskoningDHV, BPD, Nissewaard, Rendeavour, TDC, Creative Industries Fund.


The Vinexmensen was supported by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Creative Industries Fund, Municipalities of Utrecht and Rotterdam, Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving and Het Kadaster.