Projects

Exhibition UN-Habitat, Quito

For Habitat3, the UN Conference on Housing and Urban Development, Laika developed an exhibition that presented real life stories of unique characters living in a challenging urban context. These stories gave local people a voice at this conference where policymakers decided about the future of their cities.

Concept

The exhibition was part of the official Habitat3 show staged by the United Nations and was held at Museo de la Ciudad, one of the major museums in Quito. Through photos, video, audio and in-depth information visitors experienced life in the urban heart of Kinshasa, Yangon and Lima – typical emerging cities that were subject of the high-level policy making process at the conference. In 10 days the exhibition received 24.800 visitors.

To reinforce the human approach of the exhibition the United Nations invited the protagonists to come to Quito and share their stories at events organized by Unesco, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Human Cities Coalition and Pakhuis de Zwijger.

Credits:

Production: Laika
Concept: Stephanie Bakker, Yvonne Brandwijk, Kummer & Hermann
Design: Kummer & Hermann
Project management: Lisette van Rhijn
Spacial design: Atelier van Wengerden
Printing: CRC Graphic Studio, Quito
Partner: UN Habitat, Museo de la Ciudad, Quito
Financial support: European Journalism Centre, Foundation EFL, 1%Club

Medellin’s Greenbelt

After gondalas, urban escalators and libraries in poor areas, a massive 46-miles urban park around the city is the new flagship of Medellín’s urban renewal. It offers jobs, provides citizens with new recreation, sports- en meeting facilities and helps to control the city’s sprawl.

Story

‘The border was right here’, says Juan Villamizar as he firmly plants his shovel into the soil. This was a border that no one saw, but everyone knew was there. Villamizar shows a scar on his hand — a reminder of a blow he received from a machete when he crossed this border without permission, entering the territory of a rival gang. He was lucky; countless others from his neighborhood didn’t come back from such excursions at all.

Juan Villamizar lives in La Sierra, for a long time one of the city’s most violent areas, where gangs linked to urban guerrilla and paramilitary groups fought for control. After 12 years running drugs for a gang, he recently traded his pistol for a spade and a set of overalls. Together with more than 5,000 local residents, he is working on Medellín’s latest mega-project: El Cinturon Verde Metropolitano, an enormous urban park lining the upper reaches of the hillsides surrounding the city. ‘Five years ago, it was a war zone over here,’ he says. ‘We felt forgotten — the only option was crime. Now, there are opportunities, and we are working on the future, together.’

Credits:

Research & reporting: Stephanie Bakker
Photography & camera: Yvonne Brandwijk
Editing: Maaike Holvast

Yangon, the artistic revival of a megacity

During the half-century Myanmar spent under military rule the fine arts were repressed. Now that the regime is no more, the world can again get to know the bubbling creative scene in Yangon – the city once renowed as the cosmopolitan heart of Asia.

Story

During the half-century Myanmar spent under military rule the fine arts were repressed. Now that the regime is no more, the world can again get to know the bubbling creative scene in Yangon – the city once renowed as the cosmopolitan heart of Asia.

Concept

This story is part of Future Cities, an award-winning project about five
emerging cities around the world. It consists of a web documentary,
stories in international newspapers and events at Pakhuis de Zwijger.

Credits:

Concept: Stephanie Bakker, Yvonne Brandwijk
Photography & camera: Yvonne Brandwijk
Research & reporting: Stephanie Bakker
Video-editing: Maaike Holvast
Interactive design: Sara Kolster
Visual design: Ivo Schmetz, 310K
Development: Edgar Vijgeboom, Martijn Pantlin, Hay Kranen (coding)
Sound design: Casper van Deuveren
Media partner: de Volkskrant
Financial partners: European Journalism Centre, Fonds Bijzonderde
Journalistieke Projecten, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie

Future Cities

In this century of rapid urbanization, Future Cities is a multimedia project devoted to the stories and people behind the statistics of urbanization and growth in five of the world’s most engaging, emerging cities: Kinshasa, Lima, Yangon, Medellin and Addis Ababa.

Story

This project takes you to the shifting urban frontier of this nextge neration of cities. While our subject cities are each experiencing rapid economic and demographic growth, their roles in the current discussion about the future of our urban areas are often overlooked. While consulting firms often simply rank cities, this project delves deep into the urban landscape to explore the people and growth statistics.

Concept

Instead of focusing our attention on the many problems one encounters in these cities, we chose to address the unique strengths of each location. Each city is linked to an appealing theme and portrayed through local protagonists. We use photos, text, video and audio to tell their stories and to create a feeling of being in the heart of a ‘Future City’. The findings of this project are disseminated through a five part web documentary, print stories in Dutch and international media and live events at Amsterdam venue Pakhuis de Zwijger.

Credits:

Concept: Stephanie Bakker, Yvonne Brandwijk
Photography & camera: Yvonne Brandwijk
Research & reporting: Stephanie Bakker
Video-editing: Maaike Holvast
Interactive design: Sara Kolster
Visual design: Ivo Schmetz, 310K
Development: Edgar Vijgeboom, Martijn Pantlin, Hay Kranen (coding)
Sound design: Casper van Deuveren
Media partner: de Volkskrant
Financial partners: European Journalism Centre, Fonds Bijzonderde
Journalistieke Projecten, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie