Due to its location in the delta of the river Rhine, Rotterdam is often referred to as Delta Metropolis. As impressive as that may sound, it also entails some challenges. What to do with increasing precipitation in a city that 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. This approach results in projects such as a public square that also serves as rainwater retention facility, or a vegetable patch on the roof of an office block. Formerly neglected office district Zomerhofkwartier has even been declared a test field for rainwater retention projects.
On this tour you’ll experience several bottom-up intiatives for climate change mitigation and rainwater retention, highlighting experimental approaches to spatial challenges.
Underground rainwater storage Kruisplein