What would happen if global warming slowly turned Rotterdam into a tropical city? If monsoons terrorise the city and the water level rises, how will we then live in Rotterdam?
In ‘Tropic City - Rotterdam’, designer Jólan van der Wiel investigates forms, techniques and materials relevant for this tropical future. As port city, Rotterdam has a special relationship with water; in addition, the city is fighting rising subsoil water and water surplus.
In his ‘Tropic City - Rotterdam’ study, he suggests that rather than fighting the forces of climate change we should embrace the consequences of global warming. In his ‘Water Lab’, Van der Wiel is studying how water can have a practical and aesthetic value. He designed, for example, a ‘Water Bench’, which stores water for drier times.