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Wednesday, October 11 • 08:30 - 18:00
City Expedition to Rotterdam: Streets as Places (SIGN UP CLOSED)

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This daylong trip to Rotterdam explores how the city is reimagining its streets.

For too long, the mantra of traffic engineers was “faster and wider.” Today, many cities have rebalanced streets to work better for pedestrians, bikes and transit, but they could still be so much more. How can we remake our streets into a series of multi-use destinations with many ways to move from place to place?

In recent years Rotterdam, the Dutch capital of modern architecture, often makes news for its landmark buildings like the Market Hall and Central Station, as well as its playful interventions in public spaces, like the Luchtsingel, a 1280 ft pedestrian bridge funded by inscribing planks of the bridge, or a plan for urban surfing in the Steigersgracht.

But what's next for Rotterdam? Popular streets like Nieuwe Binnenweg and West-Kruiskade still need new solutions for bikes and pedestrians. Inner-city areas like Wijnhavendistrict could benefit from efforts to strengthen the community. The laneways behind Rotterdam's shopping streets are rich with placemaking potential.

Lunch and transportation will be provided. 

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Mattijs van 't Hoff

Advisor, STIPO

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Emiel Arends

Professor of Water Management, University of Rotterdam
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José Besselink

Planologist, Municipality of Rotterdam
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Mattijs van Ruijven

Head Urban Planner, Gemeente Rotterdam

Wednesday October 11, 2017 08:30 - 18:00 CEST
PDZ: Main Entrance Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, 1019 HC Amsterdam, Netherlands