CITY BREATHS

Mark Minkjan

I am intrigued by cities and how urban space is used, organized and perceived. 

I try to look at cities from different - preferrably combined - perspectives. The social, political and economic implications of architecture and planning are my main fascinations. I am constantly learning new ways to explore and decipher urban dynamics. 
As an independent writer, researcher, cultural programmer and consultant I work on a variety of projects. I am part of Non-fiction, a studio with a broad focus on culture and the city. Most of my time is consumed by Failed Architecture and sometimes I do a cool project for CITIES, next to other project that involve research, writing and events.
 
Failed Architecture - researching urban failure
For Failed Architecture, I am Editor in Chief of the online magazine failedarchitecture.com, I do research, I talk, I initiate things - all about the shadow side of architecture and urban development.
We organize lectures and debates, and research workshops in cities across the world, looking at the underlying dynamics that shape our cities and exploring different perceptions of failure.
 
CITIES
For CITIES, I edited 
Farming the City - Food as a Tool for Today’s Urbanisationa book that was recently published. Other CITIES projects I work on are CITOPIA and WeOwnTheCity (the book). For the latter, I interviewed Winy Maas (MVRDV), Caroline Bos (UNStudio), David Gianotten (OMA) and Bart Reuser (NEXT architects) about including community practice in architecture and urban planning.
Volkshotel
I have been working on the redevelopment of a former newspaper building (Volkskrant) in Amsterdam since early 2013. It will be transformed into mixed use building, housing a hotel, affordable studio’s for creatives and independent startups, a restaurant, club and theatre bar. The developments can be followed at volkshotel.nl (in Dutch).

Non-fiction
I am part of Non-fiction, ‘office for cultural innovation’, doing projects on the intersection of urbanism, arts, culture and media.

I am always interested to get involved in challenging projects. This could go from writing short articles and organizing challenging events to long-term research or consultancy. I’m happy to exchange thoughts and ideas. You can send me a digital letter via mail [at] markminkjan [dot] nl or get in touch through social media.


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