The Other City: Exposing Tarwewijk was initiated as part of the ‘urban segregation’ cluster of the 4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR), Open City: Designing Coexistence (Open City Event Program), in year 2009. The project was based in a district recently ranked as one of the most problematic in the city and the country, Tarwewijk. The project aimed to expose the socio-spatial decline and restructuring of low-income districts in Rotterdam while stressing the outcomes produced by the ongoing neoliberal housing and urban policies in the Netherlands. This project included action research, community meetings, discussion groups, district excursions, a publication, an exhibition and a public assembly at the IABR.
Lucia Babina, one of the co-funders of the cooperative have previously worked in the district in an art-based project. Her close relationship with local groups and residents informed her about the neighborhood’s vulnerability to a number of national and local policies taking place to eradicate illegal practices among tenants and landlords, housing decline, and racial segregation. These, as many other conditions, ongoing in Tarwewijk were studied and exposed during the biennale. In addition, alternative solutions grounded in the district’s needs and priorities. Soon after the events, the initial short term action-research evolved into a thorough participatory-action research.The project was awarded by the Netherlands Architecture Funds and a number of local groups, academic institutions and art organizations became active collaborators.

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This project was produced with the support of Nederlands Architectuurinstituut (NAi), Eric Dullaert (Cultureel Denkwerk), Deelgemeente Charlois, Woonstad, dS+V, Berlage Institute, IHS and ART Hotel Rotterdam. EXTERNAL COLLABORATORS: Alonso Ayala, Wim Blauw, Libia Castro, Aetzel Griffioen, Vinca Kruk, Ólafur Ólafsson, Erik Swyngedouw, Daniel van der Velden, Piet Vollard, and Gon Zifroni. COHABITATION STRATEGIES’ COLLABORATORS: Lucia Babina, Guillermo Delgado Castaneda, Emiliano Gandolfi, Phillip Luehl, Thomas Purcell, Gabriela Rendon, and Miguel Robles Duran.



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