How to reduce the negative effects of the water peaks and improve livability in the neighborhoods of Rotterdam? This was the main question during the research 'built water' ('Gebouwd Water'). Nine architecturefirms, in collaboration with the Municipality of Rotterdam and three waterboards, have stuck together in this issue. Three post-war neighborhoods in Rotterdam served as casestudies. We have researched the water management problems in Rubroek, in cooperation with 'De Jong Gortemaker Algra' and 'Brink Architectuur & Stedenbouw'.
During the research we focused on tackling the flooding around buildings. These places play an important role in the daily life of the inhabitants of Rubroek. Therefore, we have collected the stories of the inhabitants and combined these with our own experiences and the know-how of experts. For example, the water issue of the neighborhood was mapped out together with urbanism students of the TU Delft.
We established a range of spatial strategies that relieve the sewing system and retain water in the district. These strategies proofs that climate adaptative measures have a positive impact on residents in the neighborhood. The municipality, the water boards and the other involved agencies were enthusiastic about our findings and conclusions. We are currently considering follow-up steps. Do you think with us?
Municipality Rotterdam / Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie
Rubroek, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
BRINK architectuur & stedenbouw B.V., de Jong Gortemaker Algra (now Gortemaker Algra Feenstra)
Fransje Hooimeijer, Lot Locher, Tracy Metz, Mattijs van Ruijven
architect & researcher