Photos by Jan Bruin

The Delta pilot public launch in Rotterdam

The Delta pilot launch took place in the afternoon of Saturday, 8 June in Rotterdam, at the premises of the Nieuwe Instituut and its surrounding gardens.

The event was part of the Rotterdam Architecture Month, and held in English. The Rotterdam Architecture Month is the Netherlands’ largest architecture festival about the future of the city, taking place each year in June.

The Delta pilot is being implemented at two different locations: Rotterdam and Grenspark Groot Saeftinghe. The partners share an agenda for the Delta region and work on sustainable solutions for coastal areas, exploring the knowledge, perspectives and cultural values ​​associated with water while participants are challenged to work on the relationship between human and non-human human life in a radically different way.

During the afternoon in Rotterdam, each of the pilot areas shared their current challenges, the status of their research and upcoming activities.

After the introduction by Francien van Westrenen, Nieuwe Instituut and Carola Hein, TU Delft, the participants had the opportunity to learn more about the renowned Studio Makkink & Bey, involved in The New Academy and the Living with Water drop in the Delta pilot. An update on the activities in Saeftinghe and the Future Tidal Architecture drop was provided by Elise Haentjens and Alankrita Sarkar. 

Finally, a presentation by Prof. Han Meyer showcased the Delta area and its challenges and opportunities. 

The afternoon ended outside in the New Garden with a guided walk focused on Multispecies Assemblies by Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Nieuwe Instituut and a networking drink.

The event brought together communities from both the urban and rural areas pointing the importance of bringing everyone together and discussing the diversity of social, cultural and spatial dimensions in the area. 

Photos by Jan Bruin

Photos by Jan Bruin

Photos by Jan Bruin