René Boer works as an urban and architectural researcher, writer and activist in Amsterdam and Cairo. He is managing editor at the research studio Failed Architecture and currently working on a curatorial project for the Amsterdam Museum and 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 Amsterdam and urban research collectives in Barcelona (Citymined) and Ramallah/Jerusalem (ICAHD). 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.