OPEN CALL: Residency at Rotterdam City House Lab

July 2021 - August 2021

Location: Zwaanshals 288B, Rotterdam

Commissioned by: Studio C.A.R.E., Stad in de Maak

Residency programme dedicated to the research and development of alternative living concepts in the city

Application Deadline: 14th of June 2021

Timeslot residency: 14th July – 21th August

Location: Rotterdam

We’re calling for researchers and makers to reside for 5 weeks at our Rotterdam City House Laboratory in the centre of Rotterdam.

Here, we are researching and realising possibilities of sharing, using and transforming temporarily available real estate. Within this frame we are experimenting with everything from function, modularity and resource efficiency to beauty and the marketable conditions of such production.

Rotterdam City House Lab is a location hosted by Stad in De Maak. Since 2013 they have taken on the redevelopment of vacant properties in Rotterdam. Offering affordable housing and working spaces in collective ownership and management they reconsider the act of commoning.
With this open call we invite you to rethink living in the city in a holistic way, looking beyond spatial issues to an active role in the practice of commoning. We want to share our space temporarily with skilled people and furthermore open it up for conceptual and structural changes by our residents.

We are happy to invite professional artists, designers, architects or researchers, as well as thinkers and makers from any kind of discipline during our absence to deliver a research paper, a prototype or built installation and to present it in a public manner at the end of the stay.

We encourage practitioners that have a young family to apply as the house’s infrastructure is currently set up for a family of two adults and three young children.

Please note: During your five-week stay you are asked to take care of two cats in the house and a couple of indoor and outdoor plants, so your stay throughout the whole time is mandatory. If you’re not a cat or plant person at all, this might not be the right call for you.


► 5 weeks at the Lab (living & working space of Studio C.A.R.E.): free stay in the 3 storey/ 160m² city house

► 1 to 4 people (families welcome/ infrastructure for children/ babies available)

► we provide 500 € material and presentation budget (excl. VAT)

► providing of travel costs tbc

► Workshop setup on site with professional (hand) tools

► Office setup present with tables, computer screens, A3 printer

► 2 bikes available (1 cargo bike)

► 2 nice cats to hang out with

► Presentation of your process and results by the end of the residency. Format of presentation tbd with us. Can be an (online)-exhibition, a (video)-talk, a printed documentation or other

► Your process and final results will be shared and presented by us and Stad in de Maak

What we’ll ask:

► Document your process

► Feedback/communication with us during your stay once a week

► Research results/ prototype / built installation at the end of your stay

► The final presentation of your work is part of the residency

► Take care of cats and plants in the house

Research and makers topics

Urban living has an urgent need to develop and experiment with new models for living but there is a shrinking availability for such research to take place. We are opening up our home and studio space to offer the time and space for practitioners to explore a broad range of questions surrounding living and sharing in the city. We are particularly interested in the physical testing and implementation of ideas relating to the current lines of inquiry at the Rotterdam City Lab:

How can architectural and interior interventions and systems rethink how we use/share shrinking space in the centre of cities?

How can the common/ shared use of space in the centre of cities become integral part of a shared economy?

How can (partial) self sufficiency in regards to energy, food and water usage become a role-model for private housing?

How can low-tech and local solutions to energy become a role-model for private housing?

What role can an archive have in enabling the ongoing development of knowledge on the subject?

Application requirements:

Please send us the following documents in pdf format:

► CV (1 A4 page)

► Portfolio with selected projects (max 10 A4 pages)

► Concept including your motivation for the residency including the topic you will be exploring. Explanation of your vision and idea and how it relates to your own practice including any images you need to visualise your idea/previous work.
(max 4 A4 pages)

► Rough budgeting/expenses sheet that includes already a possible idea of the final presentation (1 A4 page, pdf or excel file). We understand that this is subject to change during your stay

Mail your application before end of June 14th 2021 to:

Feel free to reach out if you have questions!

Looking forward to hearing from you!
Christine and Sebastian
Studio C.A.R.E.