Photographer's Note

Shown here is another example of temporary /auxiliary architecture and urban redevelopment. It’s the roundabout section of the ‘Luchtsingel’, a playful circuit of wooden elevated walkways that crosses major roads and a railroad to offer the pedestrian new ways to discover the city and is a connection between emerging cultural hotspots in Rotterdam Central & Noord too.

It enables pedestrians to avoid the anonymous and sometime unsafe existing urban ground level with its (sometimes vacant) office buildings. Design/realisation: by a coalition of architecture bureau ZUS, and the municipality of Rotterdam. Funding: the municipality of Rotterdam and crowd sourcing / crowd funding - for 25 € people could buy planks on which the name of the buyer is printed (as can be seen in this capture).

Together with the Schieblock (the place where the Luchtsingel starts, a redeveloped vacant office slab - one of the cultural hot spots I mentioned earlier) it counteracts the detrimental effects that the combination of modernist urban planning (with its rigorous segregation of work, living and commercial functions) and chronic high levels of vacancy of office buildings have on the livability and vitality of the city centre.

A larger view is here.

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1928 W: 122 N: 4345] (14052)
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