DIY Assemblages in Urban Regeneration


Rotterdam is a city in transition. Once a strongly governmental-led and top-down planned city, the municipality and other major planning institutions such as developers and housing corporations are now looking for different ways to achieve their ambitions in urban development. More cooperation with civic society and step-by-step development through non-governmental initiatives are seen as the way forward, and various experiments are set out to explore this new approach. As a specific example, this article discusses the Klushuizen (Do-It-Yourself Renovation Houses). The first Klushuizen-experiment started in the derelict neighbourhood of Spangen in Rotterdam at the end of 2004. Future residents could purchase a part of a municipal-obtained building block for free, though with the obligation to renovate the apartment themselves. When this DIY-approach proved to be successful, a sequel was given to this experiment under the title “169 Klushuizen”. As such, the initial experiment was transformed into an instrument for urban regeneration – in Rotterdam and in many other Dutch cities. Meanwhile in Spangen, the initial experiment continued to generate positive spin-off. Many young, resourceful and creative families moved into the area, willing to invest in their homes and in the neighbourhood. As a by-product, several civic initiatives were started, aiming to improve public space. Thus the Klushuizen-approach can be seen as a good example of an innovative assemblage for urban transformation. However, it remains to be seen to which extend and how the role of the planning authorities and the municipality did actually change due to the Klushuizen experiment and approach.

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Date January 21 (Thursday), 2016 Location Rotterdam Guides Elma van Boxel (ZUS) and Jeroen Laven (STIPO) Sidekicks Jurgen Bey (Makking&Bey), Theo Stauttener (Stadkwadraat) Organisation commissioned by BPD (‘op locatie’) en Bouwfonds Kunststichting Moderator Egbert Franssen (moderator PdeZ) Group 51 participants (0 student) Characteristics Subject value(s) Review BPD (Report Kees de Graaf)

Self-Organization in Urban Realm


Rotterdam is a city in transition. Once a strongly governmental-led and top-down planned city, the municipality and other major planning institutions such as developers and housing cooperations, are now looking for different ways to achieve their ambitions in city re-development. More cooperation with civic society and step-by-step development through non-governmental initiatives is seen as the way forward. Meanwhile, civic initiatives are emerging throughout the city and are still struggling to find their way through existing, governmental-led planning routines. This Mobile Track deals with the question how successful co-evolution and horizontal partnerships between these two worlds can be achieved.

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De transitie in eigenaarschap zal van invloed zijn op de stedelijke ontwikkelingen. Deze verandering zal in de toekomst leiden tot een andere vorm van stedelijke ontwikkeling. Er zal op zoek gegaan moeten worden naar andere wijzen van ontwikkelen met meerdere initiatiefnemers dan voorheen en een veel groter aantal van allerhande betrokkenen, die allen een eigen focus hebben op de ontwikkeling van de stad. Er is inzicht in deze transitie nodig om de binnenstedelijke vernieuwing gaande te houden.