BD Article with some insight into Rotterdam’s history with regard to archirecture…HERE.
Email from a friend who used to live in Rotterdam…
Hey Sam,All good here.Yes I lived in Rotterdam for a couple of years.I guess your study trip is going to Netherlands because of the extreme density/cultivated nature of the country. No piece of land is “natural”. All is built or cultivated parks or high-tech farmland.a.I do not really know who you should talk to about this. But a good place for Architecture information and contacts is always NAI (Netherlands Archtecture Institure). It is located in Rotterdam and you can contact them via internet as well.b.Popular street to go out at night is Witte De Witt Straat. A bar called Witte Aap (white Ape) is dense with architects. Also Nieuwe Binnenweg (New Binnen Street) is popular. I think a good bar there is called Rotown.Then there is Dudok – which is a good place to go for beers and food (good price). It is a large bar/restaurant in the center, an institution in Rotterdan. Its almost like the livingroom of the city. Also good for coffee or brunch or whatever. Open all day. This is a good place to go for food/beers with a large group.In the harbour there is Hotel New York- amazing large seafood restaurant in a building that used to be the ferry terminal for ships to New York.And in west rotterdam there is Dizzys Jazzbar.c. The whole city is a playground for architecture. It was totally destroyed in the WW2 bombings and therefore anything has been possible since then. Amazing amount of architectural experimental buildings and cityplans. Some nice, some not. But all pretty interesting and inspiring.The city is quite rough, its a poor harbour and working class city. So be careful. Some streets are not ok at night, and some areas are heavily controlled by drug dealers.Have fun!
Suggestion from Kim Trogal for our trip…
Hello… I mentioned to Martha the other day something in Utrecht that might be of interest for your studio visit if you have the time which is Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory. They are artists/ curators who hold exhibitions, symposia, events as well as host projects which tend to engage urban aspects, public realm… etc.They are not doing anything directly related to food production at the moment, but I think it could be interesting as a way to start thinking about critical, cultural aspects of spatial proposals. (Their online project archive is quite good, as you can search by theme…)One of their latest projects is the “Grand Domestic Revolution” (following Dolores Hayden’s amazing book from the 80’s), if you have the chance to see this please take some notes and pictures for me!
Found this about the Edible Park in The Hague, run as a permaculture / urban agriculture training centre (although Im not sure to what extent!).
The Netherlands is one of the world’s largest agricultural exporters, but the small, densely populated country is a sprawling collection of towns and suburbs, with little space for gardens in town, and very little greenbelt in between. As a result, Holland has little gardening culture and most of the population is totally divorced from the process of food production.
You can read the article HERE.
And more information about the project from its designers is HERE.
Travelling to The Hague from Rotterdam by train looks to be about 20mins, and costs about 8euro.
The project is part of the Foodprint Project, and a document entitled ‘Foodprint Calculator’ can be found here: Foodprint Calculator – Data and Assumptions
…it seems to give lots of data about the amount of land needed to produce certain elements of a typical diet.