The Politics of Infrastructure

with Keller Easterling and Rients Dijkstra

  • Debate
  • Lecture
  • Space Invaders

Date: 7 May 2016
Time: 16:00 – 17:30
Location: Bartel Wiltonkade, Schiemond
Tickets: € 5,00

On the projected location of a third city bridge crossing the Maas, De Dépendance organises a public talk on the politics of infrastructure, discussing alternatives for restrictive masterplans and the potential of the river.

As Europe’s biggest port, the city of Rotterdam has a surprisingly ambiguous relationship with the water. Since post-war reconstruction the city centre has turned its back towards the Maas and many of its quays remain un(der)used. However, slowly but surely the tide is turning and Rotterdam has begun to rediscover its river. The plan for a new bridge in Rotterdam-West hereby offers the opportunity to redefine the city around the water and the potential of its infrastructure. It furthermore inspires us to speculate on new ways to govern urbanism, both spatially and politically.

Taking the third city bridge as case study Space Invaders #2 will explore alternatives for conventional object driven urbanism. What kind of cities can be created around bridges, highways and crossroads? Which visible and invisible networks shape our surroundings? And what is the potential of Rotterdam’s river and its new bridge? On the projected location of the anticipated river crossing we will discuss the politics of infrastructure with Keller Easterling and Rients Dijkstra.

Keller Easterling is an architect, writer and Professor of Architecture at Yale University. Her most recent book, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (2014), examines global infrastructure as a medium of polity and an underexploited tutor of artistic and political imagination. Easterling’s research and writing was included in the 2014 Venice Biennale, and she has been exhibited at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam and the Architectural League in New York.

Rients Dijkstra is founder and design principal of Maxwan Architects. He has an extensive track record ranging from strategic regional planning and infrastructure design to large scale urban planning. Over the last twenty years he has worked on master plans for the Leidsche Rijn neighbourhood, Rotterdam Central Station and the Antwerp ring road. Since 2012 he has been the National Advisor on Infrastructure and the City. In this capacity, Dijkstra advises the Dutch government on spatial programmes and themes such as coherence in mobility and urban policy. Since 2015 he is Professor of Urban Design at the TU Delft.

The talk is moderated by Frank Loer & Léon van Geest

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