Tagged: public space

The facade sculpture from the old Bijenkorf department store by Dudok on the Coolsingel after renovation of the Rotterdam's main boulevard to a design by West 8

The New Coolsingel: More Space for Pedestrians and for Dudok

In early September the plans for Coolsingel, Rotterdam’s main urban axis, were made public. The proposal by Adriaan Geuze makes some very smart moves concerning the various flows of traffic on the busy boulevard. The tram tracks remain where they are, because it would be too expensive to move them. But car traffic, with less lanes, is concentrated east of the tram. Cyclists get a generous lane on the west side. The rest of the space is for pedestrians. Balance This plan holds a good balance between the desire of some to completely pedestrianize Coolsingel and the wishes of others...

Remembrance monument for cemeteries, with azure blue glass blocks, designed by Dirry de Bruin

Memories in Glass

The last few weeks I have been working on artist impressions of commemorative monuments for a client named Denkend Aan. That name refers to one of the most widely known Dutch poems by Hendrik Marsman (“Thinking of Holland I see wide rivers…”). Denkend Aan is an initiative by Dirry de Bruin who previously designed a monument on Westgaarde cemetery in Amsterdam. Except for the design Denkend Aan also takes responsibility for the implementation and management of the monuments. Through a website people can order a glass element with their desired text, which will then be placed in a monument. I...

View of Meerrijk shopping centre, Eindhoven, The Netherlands as seen from the adjacent park which is partly still under construction

Meerrijk Revisited – Part 2

(see also Meerrijk revisited – part 1 ) So… was I pleased or disappointed? Well, for starters, the project has not been completed yet. Of the five blocks, three have been built and a fourth one is under construction. Two towers were killed in the course of the planning process. And the connection with the adjacent park is not there yet. Yet seen from the park, the Ayers Rock reference is becoming quite obvious: Red brick This is, of course, largely due to the red brick that has been used consistently. Too bad the street signs had to be blue:...

Aert van Nesstraat in Rotterdam with trees, new pavement and new street furniture

Greening Aert van Nes

Aert van Nesstraat is a rather stony street in the center of Rotterdam. There are some interesting buildings: the pre-war Atlanta hotel and some monuments from the post-war reconstruction era like the Lijnbaan and the Bank Mees and Hope. And okay, a few architectural blunders from the seventies: the parking garage of the Bijenkorf and the so-called Rotterdam Building. But what’s especially remarkable is the total absence of green. Admittedly, the western part of the road runs along one of the Lijnbaan courts. But in the section between Lijnbaan and Coolsingel there is not a tree, not a bush, not...