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.
College van Rijksadviseurs
partner in charge
Gijs de Haan
Aleksander Hrib, Karolis Grigaitis, Natsuki Arakawa, Amos Pirotta, Charis Siaravas
ROTTERDAM – jan '08
Supervision and masterplan for the area around Rotterdam Central Station.
DELTAMETROPOOL – jan '02
Conceptual planning and strategic advice concerning the new concept of The Delta Metropole ( the urban conglomeration formerly called 'Randstad', 2800 km2, 6.6 million inhabitants).
TERNEUZEN, ZEELAND – jan '03
Anamorphic painting for the walls of 6 km long Westerschelde tunnel
ALONG ANY HIGHWAY – jan '01
Housing along highways
ROTTERDAM – jan '00
A data-hotel on the A16 highway in Rotterdam
LEIDSCHE RIJN – jan '98
Design and construction of 50 bridges for Leidsche Rijn