NETHERLANDS – In Rotterdam, discover the city of tomorrow up in the air!

What solution to face the scarcity of urban space and climate change? To this question, the city of Rotterdam answered with the Rooftop Walk: a promenade on several rooftops of the city center connected by a 30-meter-long aerial bridge. 

This interesting yellow path is a short-lived installation created by the association “Dakendagen.” The course showcases various solutions that use rooftops to tackle the current and future issues that cities face: wind turbines, rainwater containers, solar panels, artworks, examples of biotopes, or a landing target for drones. Among these is the popular “DakAkker” (Dutch for “field on the roof”), a 1,000 square meter space on the sixth floor of a building where vegetables, fruits, and edible flowers grow.

This project questions how the city will be shaped in the future. With less than 3% of Rotterdam’s flat roofs currently used, rooftops have an untapped potential for extension of the public domain.

Photo credits: Ossip van Duivenbode / MVRDV

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*This event is not organized by the French Government. However we have been allowed by the French Government to use the emblem of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union.