A20 Rotterdam

ROTTERDAM, 2017

 

DESIGN RESEARCH ON THE RELATION BETWEEN HIGHWAY (A20) AND CITY (ROTTERDAM)

As part of a broader discussion on the conflicting relationship between highway and city, we researched the relationship between the highway A20 and the city of Rotterdam. As in many other places, the A20 is increasingly surrounded by Rotterdam’s urban fabric and forms a barrier in the city. This barrier does not only consist of the structure of the highway itself but also of an unattractive ‘grey zone’ that is dominated by the highway in terms of programme and the low quality of its public space. Furthermore, the barrier is amplified by the presence of several railway tracks. Instead of proposing large-scale interventions such as covering or tunnelling the highway, our proposal is aimed at smaller interventions that reduce the formation of the barrier in the city. These interventions include creating new and improving existing connections across the highway, especially aimed at bicycle traffic. By constructing/improving these routes, Rotterdam’s city centre will be much better connected to new development sites, recreational areas and important economic zones on the North side of the A20.

client

College van Rijksadviseurs

country

Netherlands

city

Rotterdam

partner in charge

Rients Dijkstra

team leader

Gijs de Haan

team

Aleksander Hrib, Karolis Grigaitis, Natsuki Arakawa, Amos Pirotta, Charis Siaravas



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