Interboro gave a talk at Amsterdam’s amazing Lloyd Hotel on Tuesday, courtesy of slowLab, an organization whose mission is “to promote ‘slowness’ or what we call ‘slow design’ as a positive catalyst of individual, socio-cultural and environmental well-being, engaging the innate creative capacities of individuals and leveraging the collaborative potential of communities to spur networks of cooperation that incite new thinking and approaches.”
Interboro likes this mission very much, and so was pleased to partake in the event, organized by slowLab’s founder, Carolyn Strauss. Slowness is what Interboro sometimes calls “detective work,” patient observation, or listening. It’s a mindset that Interboro tries to instill in students in its Urban Theory class, where said students read slow texts like Walter Benjamin’s “Naples,” Henri Lefebvre’s Rhythmanalysis, Freud’s “Letter from Rome,” Roman Polanski’s Chinatown, George Perec’s “Species of Spaces,” Mondrian’s “On the Boulevard,” William Whyte’s Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, among others.
Thanks to Carolyn for inviting Interboro to Amsterdam for an interesting, slow, discussion!