René Boer MSc

René Boer works as an urban and architectural researcher, writer and activist in Amsterdam and Cairo, is managing editor at the research studio Failed Architecture and part of the Non-fiction team. He is currently a critic-in-residence at the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam and working on a documentary on Amsterdam's A10 ring road. 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 affiliated with various urban social movements in Barcelona, Ramallah/Jerusalem and Amsterdam. He is advisor for the architecture think tank and publishing house Archis/Volume, where he worked on the research project and exhibition The Good Cause: Architecture of Peace. Besides, he has written for among others Harvard Design Magazine, Volume and Studio. 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.