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MIMOA Event09 Movie by Hugh Fraser

Author: Mieke, Posted: November 17th, 2009

31 of October: MIMOA Event09 Rotterdam
One of the attendees of the MIMOA Event tour was Hugh Fraser. All the way from South Africa, he joined us with 25 international architects in a cycling tour through the city of Rotterdam. We visited some famous architect firms, architectural highlights, interesting housing projects and private apartments. Like real Dutchmen we did it all by bike, except for a little shortcut with the watertaxi, something we couldn’t miss for the experience. The MIMOA Event09 was a success and we were happy to meet so many enthusiastic and nice MIMOA fans from all over the world.

We already posted some great photos earlier, but right now we can show you an amazing report of this special day, Hugh has created, by taking hundreds of pictures with his camera all day long and turning it into a unique video. For the ones who were there present: enjoy! And for the ones who unfortunately didn’t, may be next year we will meet at the MIMOA Event10! 

(Don’t forget to turn on your volume!)


MIMOA Tour Report by Dutch architecture magazine ‘de Architect’

Author: Naomi, Posted: November 3rd, 2009


Renowned Dutch architecture magazine de Architect has published a long report of the daytour through Rotterdam, during the MIMOA EVENT 09.
Read the full report (in Dutch) here.


Impressions: MIMOA EVENT 09

Author: Naomi, Posted: November 3rd, 2009

Here’s a slideshow of all photos of the MIMOA EVENT 09, added to Flickr. Make sure to add yours, and add the official tag: MIMOA09, and they’ll be included in this slideshow too! Any reactions? Please write us a comment.



Looking back: MIMOA EVENT 09

Author: Naomi, Posted: November 2nd, 2009

This weekend the city of Rotterdam was packed with architects:
the architecture film festival was programming 120 movies and managed to triple its visitors compared to previous editions; the IABR had a succesfull weekend focussing on the live of Jane Jacobs, and showing some IDFA movies; friday the auditorium of theatre De Doelen was fully filled with 700 architects, listening to more famous architects at the symposium Architectuur 2.0
Too much to chose from, so much to see. 

In the middle of all this, MIMOA was celebrating their second birthday.
And we, had a great day.

Here’s a small selection of images, all photos by Bjorn Utpott. Soon, we’ll be publishing more separate retrospectives of the day. For all attendees: remember to add and share your photos of the day to the MIMOA Flickr Pool.


Going Dutch in the city: VANMOOF

Author: Naomi, Posted: October 26th, 2009

The Netherlands is filled with bicycles. Riding a bicycle is our second nature. In Dutch urban surroundings, bicycles have a rough life: used for all daily commutes, firmly locked to anything that is fixed on the street, constantly outside and alone in the rain. The bicycle needs to be fast, simple and durable to cope with this demanding way of life.

An Amsterdam based company has picked up this problem and have created, in their words a ‘redesign of one of the iconic backbones of Dutch culture’. And they named it the VANMOOF. VANMOOF improves the basic functionality of the urban Dutch bicycle and keeps it simple. Remove the redundant, keep comfort and style. The secret of VANMOOF lays in what´s left out.

They pursue only one goal: help the ambitious city dweller worldwide move around town fast, easy and in style. At MIMOA we can surely relate to that motto. On the MIMOA EVENT 09 the VANMOOF will be showed and parked on the terrace of the Witte Aap. To show all ‘design-concious city dwellers’ this new piece of transport. 

Each VANMOOF has a rust-free frame with unbreakable solar powered LED lights built in its large tubes. The aluminium VANMOOF is lightweight, so easy to lift and fast to ride. The wide wheels enable riding on and off pavements and classic leather elements and durable Schwalbe tyres top-off the smooth no-nonsense look of this ultimate commuter tool.


Visiting architecture in Rotterdam

Author: Naomi, Posted: October 24th, 2009


Rotterdam attracts a great deal of international interest as a city of architecture. A few square kilometres of the city centre offers a complete overview of what the 20th century has produced in terms of modern architecture.

Appealing examples of pre-war architecture include the Van Nelle Factory and the Huis Sonneveld with it’s restored unique interior.
photo by Fas Keuzenkamp, via Mediabank Rotterdam
The innovative and adventurous period after WWII is expressed in such structures as the Groothandelsgebouw, the Cube houses, the Kunsthal, the Luxor Theatre and the Erasmus Bridge.
More recently we’ve seen the large scale urban (re)development of a former harbour area on the South of the river Maas, but also north of the river, in the Lloydkwartier, with a focus on audiovisual and creative companies.
And right in the middle of the old maritime quarter, a new housing highrise Red Apple by KCAP was completed.
Future developments are the new City Hall by OMA, freshly- announced winner of the competition.
And the large ‘Rotterdam Complex’ on the south bank of the river Maas will finally be build – after 12 years on the shelve.

All plans can be seen at the City Information Centre (CIC), where the large model of the Rotterdam city centre, shows what is planned for the coming years.

Besides from these more permanent attractions, read this next blogpost with an overview of other architecture related activities that take place around the same time as the MIMOA EVENT 09.




other architecture activities in Rotterdam

Author: Naomi, Posted: October 24th, 2009

Next to all the architectural highlights of Rotterdam, here is a list of architecture related activities in Rotterdam, that take place around the same time as the MIMOA EVENT 09. Have fun!

Thusday October 29
Lecture & exhibition on Jane Jacobs at the NAi

From October 26 – 31, the Open City Event Programme is devoted to the writer and urban activist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006). On Thursday October 29th, the well-known journalist Roberta Brandes Gratz (US) will deliver a lecture in which she places the influence of Jane Jacobs within the perspective of contemporary thinking about the city.

Read more about this lecture >>

Time lecture: 20:00 hrs, doors open at 19:15 hrs | Location: NAI Rotterdam @auditorium, Museumpark 25 | Language: English | Admission: € 5 / € 3 p.p. | Reservation is required:

Thursday October 29 – Sunday November1
Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam

The Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) is a biennial festival of 4 days with films, debates and lectures. With over 100 movies in 4 days, there surely must be something you like, so explore the program.
One tip by MIMOA member Ryan Taube: "Last night I had the pleasure of seeing a film about Julius Shulman, one of the most well-known architecture photographers in the world, whose images brought Modernism to the mainstream culture, at least here in the United States. It really is a great look at both the man and how he photographed, as well as a history of Los Angeles architecture that is hard to find these days."

Download the whole program here >>
Read more on the AFFR website>>

Thursday October 29 opening film Visual Acoustics | Location: Jeugdtheater Hofplein | Time: 19.45hrs | Tickets for the opening night cost € 15 pp. reservation by mailing to stating “opening night”. Cash payment only on the evening itself. | Also at Sun.Nov.01, 20:00, Cinerama 3, Westblaak 18, Rotterdam


Friday October 30
Symposium Architecture 2.0

The NAi is organising the symposium, with the theme "Architecture of Consequence", with world renown key note speakers: Kees Christiaanse, Felix Claus, Jo Coenen, Michiel Cohen, Erick van Egeraat, Adriaan Geuze, Anne Lacaton, Bjarne Mastenbroek and Peter Noordanus. Nex to these architects, special contributions will be provided by Wubbo Ockels and Winy Maas.

See the full program>>

Location: de Doelen, Rotterdam | Tickets cost: € 89,25 Tickets for architecture students: € 20. | Start at 09:00hrs. | Reservations on the website of architectuur 2.0

September 25 – Januari 10
 Several activities at the Architecture Biennale Rotterdam

The 4th edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) embraces the theme of the Open City.

For twelve consecutive weeks, an interdisciplinary Event Program animates the ‘Forum’ – the heart of the Open City exhibition at the NAI.
Each week, from Wednesday through Sunday, a cluster of activities – lectures, films, workshops, presentations, debates, tours, excursions, music, literature, and more – revolve around a specific theme.

Find out what’s on, and see the program>>

Location: NAi Rotterdam @The Forum, Museumpark 25 | Day ticket 4th IABR: € 10 or € 7 (discount). | Passe partout (PP) 4th IABR: € 25.

September 24 – Januari 10
Exhibition Future Thirty: The 2009 Wallpaper Architects Directory

For the 4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2009, Wallpaper* magazine presents the exhibition ‘Future Thirty’. Brought together for the magazine’s 2009 Architects Directory, these thirty international studios have been chosen for their commitment to innovation, both spatial and contextual.
Wallpaper magazine asked their 30 favorite emerging architectural firms to create a model of their ideal home.
The exhibition is located in the Chabot Museum, occupying a monumental example of the functionalist Dutch version of the International Modern style.

Read more on Wallpaper website>>
See the total list of designers >>

Location: Chabot Museum, Museumpark 11, Rotterdam (opposite of the NAi) | T.+31.10 4363713 | Admission: € 6.50.

Every Sunday and Wednesday from September 30 – December 16
IDFA at the NAi

The IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) is the world’s largest documentary film festival. At the IABR’s request, IDFA has organized a special documentary film series on the city, to be screened in the Forum on Wednesdays at 3:30 pm and on Sundays at noon.

See the full IDFA program here>> 
More about the IDFA films in the NAi>>

Location: NAi Rotterdam, Museumpark 25 | Sundays: 12:00, Wednesdays: 15:00hrs. | Admission: day ticket 4th IABR: € 10 or € 7 (discount). | Passe partout (PP) 4th IABR: € 25.



Rotterdam ArchiGuides

Author: Mieke, Posted: October 16th, 2009

During the MIMOA Event Tour in Rotterdam on 31 of October Rotterdam ArchiGuides will be guiding us along various architectural highlights in Rotterdam City.

Rotterdam ArchiGuides provides architectural tours through Rotterdam, not only for generally interested tourist, but also for professionals.
They make use of experienced guides, such as architects, architectural students, architectural historians, who can show you the progressive architecture of Rotterdam by bike, on foot or by bus. You can find their complete program at  They are the only ones who can get you in, and guide you through, modernist highlights as the Van Nelle factory and the Kiefhoek. They mainly do group tours, but in the summerweekends walking tours through the city-centre for individuals are organized as well.

Rotterdam ArchiGuides is a continuation of the former ArchiCenter that operated as a local architecture-centre for the stimulation of the amount and level of architecture excursions in the city. They also organized numerous public events in the architectural area. In 2004 Rotterdam ArchiGuides took over and increased the ArchiCenter’s excursion program, making only one organization responsible for a highly qualified and diverse excursion program.


Party at Cafe de Witte Aap

Author: Naomi, Posted: October 6th, 2009

On the night of Saturday the 31th of October,
MIMOA will be celebrating it’s second birthday at
Café De Witte Aap in Rotterdam.

This bar is situated in the core of the Witte de Withstraat, the cultural district of Rotterdam. The bar was voted ‘the best bar in 2009 worldwide‘ by Lonely Planet. Seven days a week the café opens its doors at one o’clock in the afternoon to remain open until very late at night. Located in the heart of Rotterdam, along one of the few remaining ‘authentic’ streets in the inner-city, it’s the place where old and 21st century Rotterdam meet. It’s an excellent place to meet a wide variety of people, from hipsters and the art crowd to old frequenters and students.

Photo: Claire Droppert via Rotterdam Image Bank

Café the Witte Aap (meaning White Monkey) is named after ‘Snowflake’, the white monkey that used to live in the zoo of Barcelona until 2003.
The building of the Witte Aap dates from 1888. Until the Second World War it was used as a grocery store of De Gruyter. After the war the Witte de Withstraat became well known for its flourishing, but shifty nightlife. The opening of the Witte Aap in the Witte de Withstraat symbolises the new positive developments in the neighbourhood.
In the end of the 1990’s current owner Ron Sterk took over the café and the popularity of the café started to grow. Now the Witte Aap is a vibrant and crowded café at any day. With the new heated and covered terrace the Witte Aap provides a lively streetscape, even during the winter.

The splashing MIMOA Party will start at 8 p.m. Registration is obligatory! Join us and register for the Party >> 

Read these external reviews on the Witte Aap.
Lonely Planet



Introduction to the NAi

Author: Naomi, Posted: October 1st, 2009

As start of the MIMOA Event tour, 31th October in Rotterdam, we’ll be visiting the NAi
Here’s a small introduction:

The Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi) is more than a museum of architecture. It is a above all a cultural institute. The striking building stores and unlocks important architecture archives and collections. The institute offers facilities for research and a platform for discussion. The NAi presents exhibitions, lectures, debates and issues publications to inform, inspire, and stimulate both professionals and the general public.

The NAi has one of the largest architecture collections in the world; 18 km of shelves containing drawings, sketches, models, photographs, books, journals and other materials. Virtually every prominent Dutch architect since 1800 is represented in the archives, which include the personal archives of such famous architects as Dudok, Cuypers, Berlage and OMA. The NAi’s public library contains over 35,000 books on architecture and related disciplines, plus an extensive range of architectural journals. In the reading room you’ll always find architects, researchers and students who consult publications and original archives.

From September to Januari 2010 the NAi is housing the main exhibition of the 4th IABR: Open City: Designing Coexistence. ‘The Forum’ in the NAi – will also be the arena of an interdisciplinary programme of activities for twelve weeks. From the end of September onwards, a series of activities will take place every week from Wednesday to Sunday in the The Forum: lectures, films, workshops, presentations, performances, debates, viewings, guided tours and excursions, music and literature. See this page for more information about the IABR programme in the NAi.

Enough reasons to pay the NAi a visit this year. Do you want to see more, get a tour through the largest architectural collection you’ve ever seen!