Reizende Drijvende Markt
Travelling Floating Market_
author(s):Jonathan Davidson (JD)
The site lies in Heijplaat, southwest of central Rotterdam, within the former RDM dock on the southern bank of the Nieuwe Mass River and at the head of a man-made industrial peninsula. Having fallen into disuse with the closure of the shipyard in the mid-90s, the area is being regenerated as a campus under the banner Research - Design - Manufacture. This has created a new educational and small business focus, but how will the future growth of the area be sustained?
This project will act as an economic and social catalyst, with the aim of creating vibrant public spaces where local residents, workers and visitors can interact throughout the day and linger into the evenings. This re-invigoration of the dockside – increasing public activity and encouraging occupation of the areas beyond - will be achieved through:
- A flexible market place providing floating shopping opportunities that can be relocated to other similar markets along the city’s riverfront;
- Adaptive venues for entertainment that will remain open after the market and surrounding campus;
- Public and green space along multiple promenades, linking the market and entertainment and allowing users to wander, relax and enjoy the surrounding views, before passing beyond to neighbouring venues and transport links.
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