picture: George Brugmans
Pfannes, a partner at Rotterdam based OOZE Architects and Urbanists, is the current lead designer of the IABR–Atelier Rotterdam. Building on earlier work done by Architecture Workroom Brussels, Civic and Posad Maxwan, among others, Pfannes and her team focused on designing a LEAP, a Local Energy Action Plan for the Bospolder-Tussendijken district, locally known as BoTu, and one of the first districts in Rotterdam that have to become gas-free. The main aim of the LEAP is to organize the energy transition at district level in such a way that it furthers local support and co-ownership of the transition within the neighborhood while also contributing to Rotterdam’s ambitions to become a resilient city and help realize the Sustainable Development Goals.
Bospolder-Tussendijken is one of the circa 5,000 districts in the Netherlands that, according to the National Climate Agreement of 2019, will have to become gas-free. Initial experience shows that this is not at all easy. There are many problems, for instance with implementation and, above all, financing, and that's why sufficiently broad public support is lacking. Actually, we just don’t know how to wean our districts off of natural gas.
What happens in Bospolder-Tussendijken therefore is also a social experiment. In recent years the IABR–Atelier Rotterdam, a partnership between the IABR and the City of Rotterdam, has been investigating how the inevitable energy transition can be a lever for what the inhabitants of Bospolder-Tussendijken truly need. Can residents become co-owners of the transition in such a way that it contributes to social inclusiveness and the sustainable improvement of their living environment and quality of life? In order to find out, every district needs its own LEAP.
In WHOSE ENERGY IS IT, ANYWAY? –curated by George Brugmans (IABR), Eva Pfannes (OOZE) and Thijs van Spaandonk (Bright)– IABR shows the interim results of the Atelier's research and explores which steps to take next, towards concrete action.
date and time
Saturday 21 November 1pm – 2pm
information and registration
The maximum capacity is 10 people. Depending on the group, the language of instruction is Dutch or English.
Given the pandemic and guidelines of the Dutch Health Authority, that we strictly follow, a reservation is required. This way, we can ensure that there are never too many people present at the same time and that every visit is a safe visit.
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DOWN TO EARTH: WHOSE ENERGY IS IT, ANYWAY? is open from 20 November to 20 December, from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 11am to 5pm. We’re closed on Mondays.