David Wills


Governing Urban Diversity Conference

The Governing Urban Diversity Conference was the culmination of four years of research in 14 cities by the EU-funded Divercities project. Featuring keynote addresses, workshops, field trips and a mini-diversity festival showcasing the talent in the Rotterdam case study neighbourhood, the Governing Urban Diversity Conference outlined findings.

In the lead-up to the conference, I worked with a committee to coordinate keynotes, agendas, marketing, presentations, design, photographic documentation, and a highlights video.

The video was commissioned to document the Governing Urban Diversity conference and to summarise the research in an engaging way. I worked with the videographers to interview researchers, coordinate the shooting and to finalise the edit.

Paul Scheffer, Janet Smith, Ümit Kiziltan and Ruth Fincher presented inspiring keynote addresses over the two days. Dynamic workshops led by Divercities researchers discussed findings in interactive sessions.

Conference attendees could take one of four field trips taking in the harbour district, Rotterdam-Zuid, Rotterdam west or see the city’s daring architecture on a bus tour. Local guides provided intriguing histories and anecdotes on each one.

Fourteen posters, one for each city, were designed to portray each research area. Short videos and slideshows documented field trips, consortium meetings, and other events. Ronald van Kempen, the project’s founder, sadly died before the conference, but he was there is spirit with a visual projection.

Mini-Diversity Festival

After a full day of discussion it was time to unwind. Local initiatives from the Rotterdam case study area were on hand to talk about and show their work. Performances included a catwalk show, rapper and a spoken word group. Plus, an artist was on hand to draw caricatures.

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Governing Hyper-diverse Cities

Governing Hyper-diverse Cities