Due to its location in the delta of the Rhine, Rotterdam is often called “delta metropolis”. As impressive as that may sound, it also entails some challenges. What to do with increasing precipitation in a city, which lies largely below sea level and where water comes from all directions: from the sea, the river, the ground and the sky?
The most popular keyword at the moment is „meervoudig ruimtegebruik“, i.e. multicoding. It results in plans for a floating cattle farm, but also in the combination of a dyke, shopping centre and park in one building, or of a parking garage combined with rainwater storage. The most prominent prototype so far is water square Benthemplein, which doubles as rainwater storage and sports field.
The formerly neglected office district Zomerhofkwartier has been declared a test field for rainwater retention projects, the main task being a de-sealing of public space.
On this tour you’ll experience several prototypes for climate change mitigation and rainwater retention, highlighting experimental approaches to spatial challenges.