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Stipo as an innovator, developer, knowledge distributor, trainer and project manager. Stipo advises, develops, coaches and supplies training. Its operating area consists of combinations of spatial planning and strategy with economic development, culture, welfare, sport, recreation and tourism. The Stipo approach was developed at the planology department of the University of Amsterdam and it is the basis for tackling spatial and social problems in innovative and practical ways that are solution-driven.
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Stipo operating areas

The operating area for Stipo projects is urban development and social-spatial strategy. People's lives are central, now and in the future. Stipo has acquired expertise in community issues such as economic and financial development, culture, welfare and sports.

Memory lane

Stipo was established in the early 1990s as a specialism in the planology department of the University of Amsterdam. Because we wanted to develop the Stipo approach in a permanent reciprocal exchange between theory and practice, the specialism became the basis for the establishment of a practical programme. It was a pioneering approach to extramural funding.

Independence from the University

In 1995, the University of Amsterdam wanted to focus on education and the programme was shut down. Because we wanted to continue applying and developing the Stipo approach, we decided to branch out on our own that year.

Knowledge and consultancy team

That was when Stipo became an independent knowledge and consultancy team for urban development and strategy. Stipo supplies consultancy and coaching, and it develops tailor-made products and training. Its experience with special strategies is combined with its insights in the field of economic and financial development, culture, welfare and sports. It is precisely where spatial challenges come into contact with other community issues that we have built up extensive expertise.

Combining content and processes

Working with Stipo also means that our vision is inextricably linked to process development and management. The Stipo approach is geared on all fronts to ensuring that results don't end up being shelved. It is only by integrating content, process and management that we can safeguard real innovation, improvement and production - and this is the ultimate objective.
Placemaking – the secret of places with energy

October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments


“Placemaking is turning a public space from a place you can’t wait to get through, to one you never want to leave.” If people feel at home, they take off their shoes.  The secrets to good places What makes one part of public space well-loved and used by various groups, and other places practically empty? […]
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The City at Eye Level: now ready for download

December 11, 2013 | 0 Comments


Stipo releases published book Stipo released a new book The City at Eye Level: Lessons for Street Plinths and it is now available for free download or hard-copy. The book, a collaborative effort of five editors and 43 professional contributors from The Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, USA, UK and Germany, delves deeply into the concepts, […]
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Rotterdam Bright Future – An anthropological quest to arrival city Rotterdam

December 11, 2013 | 0 Comments


Rotterdam arrival city explored On the 25th, 26th and 27th of April 2012 an international group of urban planners, sociologists, architects en other interested professionals met to explore the Arrival City Rotterdam. This was the third in a series of Inspiring Cities international exchanges on our quest to explore urban planning after the crisis. Previous […]
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The City at the Eye Level

December 11, 2013 | 0 Comments


Plinth Strategy A plinth is the ground floor facade of a building. It is a building’s most crucial part for the city at eye level. What do you as pedestrian experience when you look around? Are the buildings, their use and their design make an attractive urban environment where you feel at home? Do the […]
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A New Generation Of Creative Hotspots

December 11, 2013 | 0 Comments


Value Chains and Creative Industries Thinking in terms of value chains is becoming more and more important for the creative economy. This has consequences for cities in organising their creative hotspots. After all, where can you find THE hotspot for architects? Or for fashion designers? Quality, incubation and up-or-out systems play an important role in […]
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From making a city to being a city

December 11, 2013 | 0 Comments


Stipo animates INTA’s Communities of Competence Over the last years Stipo has been focused on the shift from “making the city” to “being a city” and the consequences for urban planning.  The coming period Stipo will animate the international debate on this subject in an INTA’s Communities of Competence. The enclosed paper is a starting discussion – it gives […]
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Exploring the Arrival City & urban planning after the crisis

December 11, 2013 | 0 Comments


An Urban Anthropological Quest to Rotterdam Inspiring Cities, Stipo, and Deltrametropolis Association invite you on this trip to Rotterdam—the third ina series of Inspiring Cities field trips, during which we search for methods and ideas of urban planning after the economic crisis. In 2011, we conducted two extraordinary, jam-packed exchanges in Dublin and London, UK. […]
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Urban & community development after the crisis

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Lessons from London Inspiring Cities, Stipo, and Wonderful World organized a jam-packed 3-day international exchange in East London. Our group of over 50 professionals from various backgrounds, disciplines and cultures joined together with prominent urban thinkers to search for ways to bring new energy into cities and find new, bottom-up strategies for urban and community […]
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Life in a changing urban district

December 11, 2013 | 0 Comments


Meeting new faces and places in East London Last spring, Stipo and Inspiring Cities hosted a study trip to study trip to Dublin, and we experienced many wonderful things during this trip. We learned about urban development in these crisis years in Dublin.  We had a great group, with an inspiring mix of professionals, who sat […]
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Insights from Dublin for city development beyond the crisis

December 11, 2013 | 0 Comments


Dublin between crisis and new energy A visit to Dublin after the real estate and building bubble has come to a standstill is a powerful experience for town planners and urban sociologists. In April 2011 an interdisciplinary group of Dutch and Flemish professionals discovered in Dublin new insights and solutions for city planning and development […]
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Home is not where you were born, but where you eat and live

December 11, 2013 | 0 Comments


An evening about homeliness in the Afrikaanderwijk in Rotterdam On November 18 2010 Inspiring Cities, YD + I and the Urban Country Club went on a quest to discover the meaning of feeling at home. The stage was the Afrikaanderwijk-district in Rotterdam. About the evening The evening was dedicated to various and surprising conversations about […]
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From making a city to being a city, seeking a new design and strategy for cities

December 11, 2013 | 0 Comments


The spontaneous city Behind the spontaneous, organic, catalyzing or naturally renewing city hides an underlying movement from (planned) urban expansion to the (more organic) renewal of existing urban structures: from ‘making a city’ to ‘being a city’. This brings up new tensions and questions both in design and in strategy. Here are five of them: […]
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Half a billion for the cultural institutions of Amsterdam’s Museumkwartier

December 11, 2013 | 0 Comments


Museum Quarter Vision The Museum Quarter is a unique location in Amsterdam: it comprises no fewer than four world-class cultural institutions- the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Concertgebouw. For the people of Amsterdam, the best works of Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Rietveld, as well as concerts by Bach, Händel or Liszt in […]
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It takes two to tango – combining private and governmental initiative in the development of cultural squares

December 10, 2013 | 0 Comments


Joint programming for cultural squares The four major cities of the Netherlands are working hard on their main cultural squares. Each in their own way. In recent years, all four major cities launched new planning processes for their main cultural squares. Some of the most important cultural institutions of the country are located around these […]
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Two succesful events on architecture and urban development

December 9, 2013 | 0 Comments


The AFFR and IABR in Rotterdam Interantionale ArchitectuurBiennale Rotterdam (IABR) and ArchitectureFilmFestival Rotterdam (AFFR) are looking for entries that fit the new urban thinking. In 2009 in Rotterdam the AFFR and IABR proved to be 2 succesful events on architecture and urban development. Stipo-partner Inspiring Cities organised as part of theAFFR a succesful Jane Jacobs program. Jeroen Laven, partner […]
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The chance to speak and the art of listening

December 9, 2013 | 0 Comments


The story of the Talking Stick Text by Lara Gerrissen and The Red Thunderbird Agency. Talking sticks are commonly used in the so-called talking circle, which is a traditional way for native peoples in North America to solve problems. It is a very effective way to remove barriers and to allow people to express themselves with […]
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The intercultural city and City-making

December 9, 2013 | 0 Comments


Interview with Charles Landry Planning creativity, culture and cities often leads to hyped tunnel visions, in which the cultural creatives are viewed from the economic point of view mostly. This is a shame, says Charles Landry, for culture is much more than economic value or the rise of the creative industries. Landry pleas for a […]
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Lay down yellow waterpipes and see what happens – Comillas, Spain

December 9, 2013 | 0 Comments


Interactive public domain   Always in search of inspiring examples. But somethimes you literally step on it. Unsuspected…   Here a wondelfull example of interactive art in the public space. In Comillas (North of Spain) was a huge field, about 3 to 4 soccerfields big, filled with yellow pipes. People were challenged to do something creative… And […]
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