Kickstart This: Rotterdam Citizens Crowdsource Mini-“High Line” Through Thousands Of Small Donations
February 25, 2013
Tactical urbanism generates so much buzz now—what with cheeky-smart interventions like scaffolding seating, recliner benches, and recreational parklets—that it’s easy to forget how pedestrians usually get shortchanged in the urban scheme of things. After World War II, Rotterdam remade its city center with larger-than-life modernist principles in mind, installing big works of infrastructure fringed with big buildings and, in the process, cutting central Rotterdam off from its northern districts. To improve their lot, residents are turning back the clock to 1854, when the city architect proposed a plan based on public walkways. “He planned canal promenades as a way of structuring the city,” says Kristian Koreman, principal of ZUS (Zones Urbaines Sensibles). Now, of course, any pedestrian amenities must preserve traffic patterns, so ZUS designed a sky bridge that will knit the city center back together. Read more!