ZOHO, Urban development; slow urbanism

Rotterdam Daily Photo: ZOHO, Urban development; slow urbanism
Rotterdam Daily Photo: ZOHO, Urban development; slow urbanism

Near where I live you can find this building and area;
“ZOHO is a living and working area on the edge of the center, a 5-minute walk from Central Station. For and by makers in design, art, culture, media, tech, food, architecture and urban planning. All pioneers who want to use their craftsmanship to strengthen themselves, ZOHO and the city in an innovative way. Sandwiched between Heer Bokelweg, Hofbogen, Teilingerstraat and Noordsingel, also known as the Zomerhofkwartier, this former industrial area was struggling with vacant space. In 2013, it was decided that the area will be developed for 10 years through a gradual form of urban development; slow urbanism.”

I do like it, in a next post I will show the urban landscape in that neighborhood!

The Hofbogen Park

Rotterdam Daily Photo: The Hofbogen Park
Rotterdam Daily Photo: The Hofbogen Park

Photographed at the same day as the streetscape, the Hofbogen Park, build on the platforms of a former railway station, the Hofplein Line. Designed as a public park: the Hofbogen Park. It is open to everyone daily from 10 a.m. to sunset. A unique place to picnic or walk with a magnificent urban view. In collaboration with the DakAkker, an orchard with 150 fruit and nut trees is also managed which is called “the Dakgaard“. The fruit trees are framed by heme vegetation. Part of the Hofbogen Park consists of an event area. Worth a visit!

P.S. Some more picts of the Hofbogen Park, entrance/exit, the former platform.

Gravity is overrated

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Gravity is overrated
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Gravity is overrated

There is a large wall at the starting point of the Hofbogen, near Hofplein Station. OPPERCLAES, a platform for young contemporary artists, selects an artist a few times a year to show work on this wall. “Gravity is overrated”. A work of art with a message. The designers Hans, Vincent and Guido are members of the artists’ collective High on Type.

Derek Otte on the wall
City poet Derek Otte, poet from Rotterdam, wrote a poem especially for this artwork at this location. The ten lines are scattered throughout the work (translated from Dutch to English).

things keep weighing
weigh things all the time
sit still = a curse
standing still often a blessing

it happens around us
minuses and pluses
everything in between
we give the weight
who lifts his / her darkness
it carries a stronger light

Source: de Hofbogen

Neighbourhood sunset

Rotterdam Daily Photo: Neighbourhood sunset
Rotterdam Daily Photo: Neighbourhood sunset

Today a photographed this sunset just around the corner where I live. The old railroad track with the renovated spaces, the trees and all in a somewhat autumn mood. I played with the settings of my camera and I like the results very much!