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OOZE is an international design practice operating between the fields of art, architecture and urbanism.


27 August 2020

How can the energy transition (the upcoming nation-wide shift away from fossil fuels) be used as leverage for socially inclusive urban development? How can we achieve a truly CO2 neutral neighbourhood? What social and governance innovations are necessary to achieve true local ownership over new energy systems?

These are some of the key questions we have been investigating in our work with the IABR-Atelier Rotterdam: Energy Transition as Leverage to develop the LEAP, the Local Energy Action Plan for Bospolder-Tussendijken In Rotterdam. Eva Pfannes is since the spring 2020 the lead designer for the IABR-Atelier Rotterdam.

From late October 2020 onwards we're proud to be showing this work in the exhibition DOWN TO EARTH: ENERGY. WHOSE ENERGY? during the International Architecture Biennale (IABR) in Rotterdam. We present potential answers through a series of speculative scenarios, combining technical, financial, social, and nature based solutions to propose an alternative way forward.

A biennale in times of a pandemic - an anti-biennale: the IABR announced this week that rather than compressing exhibits into a short space of time, it is unfolding its programme over the next ten months, starting in the Keilezaal and moving into the surrounding neighbourhoods in 2021.

We'll be showing the results of our research for a Local Energy Action Plan (LEAP) for the Rotterdam neighbourhood Bospolder-Tussendijken.

More details, including a limited number of workshops and how to plan a visit, will be shared in coming weeks.

The LEAP was commissioned by the IABR-Atelier Rotterdam in autumn 2019. OOZE Architects and Urbanists is working closely with the Gemeente Rotterdam, Joachim Declerque (Architecture Workroom Brussels), Robbert de Vrieze (Delfshaven Cooperatie), Thijs Spanendonck (IABR), further partners include Jurgen van der Heijen (AT Osborne), Ruud Ghering (Studio Bouwhaven), Hessel Kok (Bron Technologie), Mimi Slauerhoff, Anne Knoop and the local initiatives in Bospolder-Tussendijken.

Read more here.

Local Energy Action Plan, Rotterdam


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