Heijplaat Rotterdam [NL]

‘Waiting lands’ are former port, railway and industrial areas that constitute a dormant reservoir for urban redevelopment. They often occupy prominent locations and are characterized by remnants of earlier activities, natural vegetation and temporary appropriation by a wide range of groups. On the Heijplaat in Rotterdam’s docklands there are various port facilities, a garden suburb dating from the 1930s and an artists’ colony on a riverside strand. In order to make optimum use of Heijplaat’s potential, a ‘simultaneous chess strategy’ was deployed. This entailed simultaneously developing a sustainable urban structure, making an inventory of existingbuildings and structures and of the available surfaces and textures (sometimes stored away in a ‘materialdatabank’), surveying and analysing existing functions and identifying possible actors and stakeholders in the area. This coordinated mobilization of all possible forces sets in motion a sustainable transformation process that results in a high-quality urban environment and a wide-ranging mix of functions.

 

Client Woonbron - housing corporation, in association with Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Stadshavens - Port Area Development Company
Program Urban development vision: transformation of harbour area
Time 2004 - present
Role Advisor urban planner
Participating parties ETHZ - Network City and Landscape (NSL)