In search of Surburban Productive Landscapes
Site Location Rotterdam, Groot IJsselmonde
Project Scales L/S - urban + architecture / architecture + context
Site Family IMPLANTING - Productive uses
Post-competition phase Design (or research-by-design) assignment on implementation on the site (or a site with similar characteristics) commissioned by the Municipality of Rotterdam and/or private partners
How Can the Site Contribute to the Productive City?
Urban dynamics in peripheral post-war neighbourhoods are relatively low due to their monofunctional setup and the lack of new spa- tial developments. Support for communal services is under pressure because of the ageing population and the decrease in the number of inhabitants per house. However, these common places could become a strong asset to making them 21st century proof. In the original set up, Groot IJsselmonde had to provide a quiet counterbalance to the modern, complex society, allowing a growing child to gradually find its way in life and the workers to find peace and quietness after long days at work. The dominant green landscape formed an important backbone of these social intentions. Building on this anthroposophical view on spatial plan- ning, the aim is to transform the central area into an easily accessible healthy work-learn-and-live environment, attracting and fostering young generations as drivers of new economic activities.