Michiel van Iersel is an independent urbanist, curator, writer and teacher and holds the position of Program Lead of the NEWROPE Chair of Architecture and Urban Transformation at ETH Zurich. He works at the intersection of the arts, architecture, (urban) design, and heritage to support cities and places that are socially inclusive and sustainable.

He cofounded Non-fiction, an Amsterdam-based collective interested in the creation of public values and engagement through artistic means and new rituals. The collective’s exhibitions and publications, research, projects, and events bring people and ideas closer together around such diverse topics as the future of heritage and the Post-Fossil City.

Van Iersel is a tutor at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy/Sandberg Institute and at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. He cofounded De Verdieping, a temporary project space for experimental culture, and the ongoing research project Failed Architecture, about architectural and urban failures around the world.

He was curator of the 2016 International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam and recently cocurated Places of Hope, an exhibition for Leeuwarden-Friesland European Capital of Culture 2018.

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