René Boer works as an independent urban and architectural researcher in Amsterdam and Cairo. He is affiliated with the research foundation Failed Architecture and is currently a visiting fellow at the Cairo Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences. His work focuses on among others grass root urban practices, architecture's urban afterlife and artistic representations of the built environment. In the past, he has been associated with various urban social movements in Amsterdam and urban research collectives in Barcelona (Citymined) and Ramallah/Jerusalem (ICAHD). With architecture think tank and publishing house Archis/Volume he worked on the research project and exhibition The Good Cause: Architecture of Peace. Besides, he has written for among others De Groene Amsterdammer and various architectural media. René Boer holds a master degree in Urban Studies from University College London's UrbanLab and graduated with a thesis on cinematic reflections on Cairo's post-Mubarak urban transformations.