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Creativity in Every Corner: Rotterdam Netherlands



Creativity in Every Corner Rotterdam Netherlands

Reborn from its ruins; Rotterdam, one of Europe’s most popular destinations for design, architecture and art, knows no bounds in creativity.

Where is Rotterdam?

Rotterdam is a city that dates back to the 1260s, suffered a lot from wars throughout its history, was destroyed and recreated. Located in the south of the Netherlands, Rotterdam is the country’s second largest city after Amsterdam with a population of over 600 thousand.

Rotterdam City canal

Having one of the largest ports in the world, Rotterdam is an important transit point for world maritime trade. The ethnic diversity of the population is also quite high in the city, which is divided into two regions, north and west by the Nieuwe Maas River. Naturally, this diversity has also been influential in the city’s creation of a multicultural tradition.

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But Rotterdam’s real turning point in the architecture of a city and rising from its ashes coincides with the post-Second World War. In the city, which was bombarded by Germany, many of the places that reflect the historical city area, the old fishing town, are being destroyed. The next process is shaped by the determination to get the city back on its feet from the ruins. Widened roads, modern structures as well as extraordinary techniques are used in urban planning, which is very open to innovation. You can find the traces of creativity in the details of the city, in the buildings rising by the river, and in the traffic lights. Because creativity is the character of this city, a city that has been recreated on its ashes.

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Rotterdam contains an aesthetic touch in every detail with its modern and futuristic architecture, museums, sculptures and installations that you will often encounter on its streets. Erasmusbrug on the Nieuwe Maas River flowing through the middle of the city is one of the first to attract attention. The bridge, known as the “Swan” rather than the Erasmus Bridge, is one of the iconic symbols of the city. After that first look, the riverside offers even more. The “De Rotterdam” building, designed by the famous architect Rem Koolhaas, where 3 skyscrapers come together in an unaligned and intertwined manner; Markthal, which wraps around like a tent and makes it feel like a gigantic corridor made of glass and metal with the visual reflections on its windows, includes offices and workspaces; Central station, Centraal Station, which amazes with its gigantic and modern form, is just a few of the things you can see when you come to the city.

Cube Houses

There is a high probability that you have come across photos of these houses somehow. The purpose of Blaakse Bos, designed by Piet Blom in 1970, is that these houses evoke the look and feel of a tree and a forest altogether. This design, which is a large complex with its own school, shops and walking areas, is not made from a single piece and to be watched. For those who want to visit, one of the houses is open to visitors, but in the others, life continues within the form that plays with this perception of reality. The view created by the houses inclined 45 degrees to the ground, the angles that show the sky in the form of a star from their common courtyards will make you feel that you are in an extraordinary design world.

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Luchtsingel Bridge
The construction costs of the Luchtsingel Bridge, which was built with crowdfunding, were covered by the contribution of 8 thousand people. The railings on both sides of the 400-meter-long bridge and the floor are made of yellow wooden boards. On these yellow plates are written the names of 8 thousand people who contributed to its construction. 

Van Nelle Factory Inscribed
on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014, the Van Nelle Factory is another architectural treasure of Rotterdam. The building, which was a tobacco factory until the 1990s, today provides office services to professionals in the field of design and art. The factory, which was built between 1927 and 1930 and is one of the best examples of Dutch modern architecture, is a building designed by Brinkman & Van der Vlugt.

Rotterdam Museums
Boijmans, one of the most important museums in Rotterdam and even in Europe, hosts a large collection ranging from the Middle Ages to today’s contemporary art. The museum, which houses the works of masters such as Van Gogh, Dali, Bosch and Rembrandt, is located on MüzePark Street. Around it, there is the Chabot Museum and at the end of the street, near the MuseumPark train station, Picasso’s sculpture Sylvette is located. 

Some of the must-see museums are: The Maritime Museum, which is the oldest maritime museum in the Netherlands and contains the history of the city, which has a great importance in terms of maritime history and maritime trade, Nederlands Fotomuseum, which has an archive of over 5.5 million photographs, and the Rotterdam-based agency OMA / Rem Koolhas opened in 1992. created Kunsthal Rotterdam.

to Architecture Rotterdam Architecture Month, which will be celebrated with many events in the city on 24 May – 16 June 2019, is an event not to be missed by those who are interested in architecture and design. In addition, events such as Rooftop Days and the 100th Anniversary of the Bauhaus create unique opportunities for all visitors to experience the city’s creative breath in architecture.   

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These spaces full of design and creativity in Rotterdam are sure to stir your aesthetic senses. While you are wandering around these museums and stops by making your own daily plans, do not forget to watch the city panorama from Rotterdam’s highest tower Euromast, taste delicious food at Blaak Mark or Feniz Food Factory, and spend a pleasant evening on Cool Street. On one street you can see a statue of Santa Claus, on another a life-size statue of the tallest person in the Netherlands, Rigardus Rijnhout, a traffic light curled up like a hair, a red old BMW installation that looks like it’s about to fall on you from the top of a glass structure. keep it in mind.

Remember the past in the region of Delfshaven, which survived the war, and do not leave without seeing Kinderdijk, where there are 19 windmills from the 1740s, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This innovative and dynamic city, which was built with creativity and continues to be built, has many stories to offer you in every street and in every building.

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Dogger, “Amsterdam’s oldest houseboat” with a history of 134 years, was removed from the Prinsengracht Canal



Dogger, “Amsterdam's oldest houseboat” with a history of 134 years, was removed from the Prinsengracht Canal.

Built in 1865, the Dogger was a vessel that carried potable water to Amsterdam’s breweries before being placed on the Prinsengracht Canal in 1888. According to current owner Jeroen Elsen, the Dogger is uninsurable in its current form and cannot be transported along the canal due to its size.

Elsen, the owner of the Dogger, which was first pulled out of the water in 134 years, said the houseboat would likely sink if it remained in place, blocking boat traffic on the Prinsengracht. In an interview with Het Parool, Elsen said, “We are talking about a 96-tonne mass of steel and concrete. If it sinks, it will sink until the middle of the channel and block the passage. Then I will have huge problems.” said.

While some locals regret that they will no longer be able to see this piece of history in Amsterdam’s canals, others are glad that this rusty image is left behind. After the Dogger is dismantled, some parts will go to the landfill, but Elsen emphasizes that he will keep some parts of the boat because they are historically interesting.

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Coronavirus in the Netherlands: Autumn wave may be starting



According to the statement made by the Netherlands National Institute of Public Health and Environment (RIVM), the number of positive cases in the Netherlands has increased. RIVM stated in its statement that it could be the beginning of the expected autumn wave.

RIVM announced that 12,269 positive cases have been detected in the last seven days. This figure was the highest weekly number of cases since 13 August. Compared to the previous week, an increase of 39 percent was recorded.

The RIVM recorded a total of 2,614 positive tests Monday through Tuesday across the Netherlands. This is the highest daily figure since 3 August. In Amsterdam, 94 new cases were recorded the other day.

“We are still waiting for an autumn wave,” Dutch virologists explained.

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Population growth due to immigration in the Netherlands is alarming



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Housing Minister Hugo de Jonge told Nederlands Dagblad that the current increase in the Dutch population is unsustainable; He said that this increase will increase the pressure on the housing and have the potential to disturb the social peace.

Emphasizing that the population growth of around 100,000 per year, which is largely “immigration”, should be significantly reduced, De Jonge said, “Migration will always happen and there is a need for it to some extent, but it is also a fact that the current migration-induced population growth has reached unsustainable levels.” said.

According to figures from the national statistical agency CBS, the population of the Netherlands has increased by one million over the past 10 years to 17.7 million.

A total of 208,000 foreign nationals moved to the Netherlands last year, after a year when the immigration rate fell sharply due to pandemic restrictions. The largest group, 117,500 people, came from other EU countries or EFTA, while the number of Dutch citizens returning from abroad was 44,500.

The current coalition government, made up of the right-wing VVD and CDA, Liberal Democrats D66 and the small Christian party ChristenUnie, has begun to work harder to set immigration targets and fundamentally overhaul its asylum policy. De Jonge, in particular, underlined that they have to be more controlled and selective in determining which sectors have a shortage of workers.

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