What we do

Urban Anecdote started with one mission: learn what makes a good city. Everything we do is related to that question. As an office for urban research, we produce original work related to the urban experience. As consultants, we provide in-depth research and analysis that we then translate into various media. We speak publicly about urban issues, write texts, coordinate stakeholder workshops, contribute to on-going projects, provide English editing, Dutch-to-English translation, and collaborate with a broad range of specialists. 

Urban Anecdote is a collaborative effort led by Rachel Keeton. An architect by training, Rachel has worked in the field of urban development for over a decade, specializing in contemporary new towns around the world. As a researcher for the International New Town Institute (INTI), she initiated and led INTI's satellite program in Nairobi, Kenya. She is a co-editor of the forthcoming book To Build a City in Africa: A History and a Manual (Nai010, 2018), and author of Rising in the East: Contemporary New Towns in Asia (SUN, 2011). She lectures regularly at international venues including the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and UN Habitat Expert Group Meetings. In 2016 she was the recipient of a Delft Global Development Fellowship. Keeton is currently pursuing a PhD in urbanism at TU Delft, under the Design as Politics chair.

Contact us directly to hear more about the possibilities: r.keeton@urbananecdote.org