Mixed Classroom: the Neighbourhood of the Future
The Netherlands has a strong tradition of planning for the long term. However, at the moment academics, professionals, and policymakers alike are struggling to imagine how we will live in the future. We are well aware of what we don’t want: fossil fuels, social segregation, unemployment, and so on. But what is it that we do want in the future? Wat will houses look like? Where do people buy their groceries? How do you go from A to B? Do you still talk to your neighbours? A topic more relevant than ever, as the Netherlands is in need of one million new homes before 2040. Over the course of two months, participating students and policymakers explored the neighbourhood of the future. The course combined experimentation with design, art and science to accelerate the much-needed transition. Each group was coupled with a neighbourhood in Utrecht, Rotterdam or the Hague, and desiged an object meant as a conversation starters. On January 23rd, students, policymakers and others travelled to Rotterdam, Utrecht and the Hague during 'A coach for conversation: a journey into the neighbourhood of the future'.