Research Trip -NDSM, former harbor squatters made a city-like structure in a vacant shipyard with offices, suspended skatepark, studios…

Eve de Klerk, one of the founders of NDSM gave the students a tour of the complex, which includes the old shipyard building, a dry dock, and separate restaurant made of recycled materials. She was one of the squatters in the long vacated harbors of Rotterdam. The visit made us consider implications for projects. One of our concerns is to be constricted to merely an interior intervention, but at this scale, one might argue that this question becomes irrelevant. Of course, we also consider projects that might tie a site in Rotterdam as well as one close to home (as the imagery is also somehow familiar). One proposition, to analyze what is and is not working here and distill a project.


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