Reports of Past Events

Heritage and Infrastructure in the City

Friday, 16 December, 2016 - 10:00 to Tuesday, 20 December, 2016 - 18:00


  • Ambedkar University Delhi (Centre for Community Knowledge)
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University (Institute of Advanced Study)
  • International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden
  • Urban Knowledge Network Asia (UKNA)


Kolkata in her maiden collection of shorts - GARIAHAT JUNCTION

Leiden/ the Netherlands
Thursday, 20 October, 2016 - 15:30 to 16:30

In this lecture, Dr Rituparna Roy will speak about the presence of Kolkata in her maiden collection of shorts - GARIAHAT JUNCTION. It is a collection of ten stories, of contemporary Indian women who have reached a critical juncture in their lives. Set primarily in post liberalized, post...

Rotterdam Summer School - City Branding beyond Iconic Architecture

Sunday, 24 July, 2016 - 09:00 to Saturday, 6 August, 2016 - 18:00

With true urban icons as the Markthal, the Timmerhuis, The Rotterdam, its Erasmus Bridge and the central train station, the city of Rotterdam has gained global recognition as hotspot for modern architecture. As phrased in the 2016 Lonely Planet: “The Netherlands’ second- biggest metropolis is a...

Rotterdam Summer School - Future Proof Port

Sunday, 24 July, 2016 - 09:00 to Saturday, 6 August, 2016 - 18:00

The Port of Rotterdam is by far Europe’s largest port. It connects local businesses to the world’s markets – from Singapore and Shanghai to New York, Los Angeles and Munich. But it has to position itself in the heart of the new economy, to stay in leading position. The pillars of the Fourth...

Rotterdam Summer School - Resilient Delta Cities

Sunday, 10 July, 2016 - 09:00 to Saturday, 23 July, 2016 - 18:00

Delta cities are the engine of our global economy. But increasingly delta cities face all kinds of water related challenges. Think of water shortages caused by changing weather, the problem of too much water caused by flooding and storms and the problem of polluted drinking water. Living with...

Rotterdam Summer School - Ecosystems for Innovation

Sunday, 10 July, 2016 - 09:00 to Saturday, 23 July, 2016 - 18:00

These are the days of start-ups, business accelerators and innovation hubs. And although the potential of public / private involvement in this is great, co-creating strategies is often difficult. The real ecosystems for innovation require a comprehensive approach, integrating urban development,...

Citizen Initiatives for Urban Heritage Preservation: The Case of Kad Kong Ta Neighborhood, Lampang, Thailand

Tuesday, 3 May, 2016 - 16:00 to 16:45

In January 2016, a group of private citizens from the northern Thai city of Lampang created a task force for the preservation of the historical Kad Kong Ta neighborhood, which is located in the old town center beside the Wang river. They invited a group of friends and informal “advisors” to help...

"Reasonable utilization" of historic buildings in China: the restoration of the Temple of Wisdom

Thursday, 24 March, 2016 - 12:30 to 13:45

While the restoration of the Temple of Wisdom was honored in 2012 with an UNESCO Asian-Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation, the management and reuse of the building also received a lot of criticism, in particular the “TRB” (Temple Restaurant Beijing) section, which includes a new...


Friday, 12 February, 2016 - 11:00 to Sunday, 28 August, 2016 - 11:00

AI Weiwei, Chim↑Pom, HAM Yang Ah, HAYAKAWA Yumiko, HUNG Keung,
KATO Tsubasa, MAN Phoebe, MIYANAGA Akira, Okin Collective, WU Mali

Curator: Minna Valjakka

Urbanization in East Asia has had a sweeping impact in all spheres of visual art. The

Creative engagements with memory and local heritage - connecting methodology and practice

Thursday, 19 November, 2015 - 12:00 to 13:30

Lunch Lecture byIIAS fellow Dr Surajit Sarkar.

Materials and narratives, heritage and orality come together in examples as diverse as neighbourhood exhibitions of everyday life in urban Delhi, to community led documentation of tribal cultural resources in Nagaland, and public storytelling...