How to create neighborhood involvement and participation, how to keep it? And how can this local involvement and participation eventually contribute to the quality of a city? During the first Stadsklas course on Thursday May 8th, artist Jeanne van Heeswijk will tell you all about it in Rotterdam, where she founded the Freehouse foundation, an initiative to boost cultural consciousness and economic capacity.
Situated inside of a former water pump station, the Wijkwaardenhuis is a center that functions as a neighborhood marketplace for the Afrikaanderwijk. The Wijkwaardenhuis exclusively features products and services from local entrepreneurs and shops in the form of a box shop in which every shelf showcases items from a different local company.”
Heather Garbo’s insight:
The Freehouse foundation in Amsterdam features this innovative project that incorporates adaptive reuse, shop local strategies, civic engagement, and builds sense of community.