A Second Natour
Cities are constantly in motion, they live just as much as people live. In the middle of Rotterdam you can find a place where the life of the city triumphs, and occasionally stand still. A stage for these changes in the city, is the discribtion go the Hofbogen.
It was a departure and end point, and perhaps it will always be. Where does the city move to? The Hofbogen, for example, grew from an elevated train track into a walkable viaduct with the name “Luchtpark”. We will get to know this place that we think we know in a second NATOUR.
Between 1908 and 2006, bathers trained to the sea and the dunes traveled back with them. The seeds of greenery by the sea, which happened to stay on the shoe soles and bags of travellers, created a unique vegetation along the track on Hofplein. Since the last train left, the soft green landscape has overgrown the hard monumental railway line. And where the conductor used to shut the train doors, today the birds are whistling at the Luchtpark where since the summer of 2018 people can also be found during the day. A number of unique events (such as Perron Mozaïque in 2007, see photo below) also took place on the plain in the sky; it is a platform for the culture of the beaten track. The history of the Hofbogen is therefore not only one of architecture, but also one of nature and human experience.
Explore the tallest building in the city together with city anthropologist and rooftop resident Renée Rooijmans, city ecologist Marvin Groen and architecture historian Laurence Ostyn. Here you can hear how the Hofbogen developed into a place of coming and going, of new ways of using roofs and of secret adventures. And this second NATOUR is also accompanied by word arts and sounds from Klootwijk & Meijers, because sometimes you’re travelling by standing still.
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