Archipelago of Knowledge
Rotterdam | Netherlands
The Archipelago of Knowledge is a new spatial configuration that reconsiders the relationship between port and city. The port areas are fragmented into islands, resulting in the formation of a continuous, 100% accessible, waterfront. The quality embedded in the direct relationship between city and the water is re-establish and enhanced , for the benefit of the citizens and the maritime cluster.
A new linear space, a continuous waterfront, is envisioned for the area. The new system can finally bring back water to the city that, although in close proximity to water, often lacks a direct relationship with its largest water body, the Maas River. The waterfront is a system that goes beyond administrative boundaries and fragmentation, but rather unifies the ongoing efforts of port revitalization into one, coherent urban vision. The strategy itself, before its implementation, can be seen as the tool to bring all the different actors together at the same table; actors from the city, the maritime cluster, and the port.
The waterfront becomes a new shared space for negotiation, where interests and needs of different actors are discussed in order to find points of intersection and mutual interest .
The islands are spatially defined areas where scenarios can unfold through time. Although their shape is fixed, in order to assure a new beneficial relationship between port and city, their program – be it maritime, commercial, residential or recreational – can occupy the space according to future economic trends, needs and decisions.
The port areas are fragmented into islands, resulting in the formation of a continuous, 100% accessible, waterfront
The waterfront is a system that goes beyond administrative borders and fragmentation but rather unifies the ongoing efforts of port revitalization into one, coherent urban vision
Port expansion has always implied dramatic transformations of the river landscape. The port has expanded and transformed through time, occupying more and more surface. The time has come, now, with changing conditions of the port economy, to re-orient land transformations to the advantage of the city and its people.