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Sustainable Schiebroek-Zuid
Transitioning post-war social housing towards self-sufficiency

Except has developed a sustainability vision for the post-war social housing area Schiebroek-Zuid in Rotterdam. The project provides a flexible and exemplary roadmap for converting the neighborhood into a self-sufficient and sustainable area.

As a first of its kind, the Sustainable Schiebroek-Zuid project provides a template approach to converting a commonly problematic housing typology into a beautiful, equitable and resilient sustainable community. The neighborhood uses proven, common technologies in smart ways, in combination with 'biological engines' to provide the neighborhood with its own water, electricity, heat, waste processing and 70% of its own food production.

This project was commissioned by housing corporation Vestia and agricultural research network InnovatieNetwerk.

Download the overview brochure PDF of this project here.



Project Details

The plan combines socio-economic programs and proven technologies to create a closed-loop urban metabolism. All energy and water are locally provided and most wastes are handled on site. Local agriculture is the “biological engine” that drives many aspects of the plan, such as energy generation, nutrition, education, recreation, social programs, and local economic activities.

Integrated Sustainability
Except drew on its integrated sustainable development approach, Symbiosis in Development (SiD), to develop an extensive set of measures, or 'ingredients', which can be mixed and matched over time to achieve the end vision. These ingredients were designed in cooperation with stakeholders and residents. SiD facilitates and assures the integration of the many elements of sustainability in a co-operative framework.

Social and Economical Development
The ingredients include many social programs for neighborhood target groups such as the elderly, children, teenagers, immigrants, and entrepreneurs. A marketplace and community center will serve as central hubs for the new neighborhood activities. Meanwhile, flexible ateliers provide spaces for startup companies that can be used as anything from craft workshops to offices, and kitchens to storefronts. A local currency has been suggested as a way of encouraging local trade and as an incentive for energy saving or waste reduction efforts.

Resource Self-Sufficiency
Using a combination of biogas-fueled power plants, solar installations, and heat capture from rooftop greenhouses, the area can supply all of its required electricity and heat.

Edible landscaping throughout the neighborhood can make use of previously empty lawns while meaningfully connecting residents to their natural surroundings. A key feature of the plan is that it renovates instead of demolishes most of the neighborhood's existing buildings, reducing both the social disruption and environmental impact typically caused by neighborhood renewals that begin with demolition.

Contractor Vestia will start with implementing a number of ingredients from the plan. Except hopes that this project will serve as an example for the numerous social housing areas with similar typologies worldwide.

For further project details please refer to the documentation below.



Project Documentation

>> Download the PDF Brochure of the Schiebroek-Zuid project here (english)

For the Schiebroek-Zuid project a vision book was developed as well as an ingredient book. The ingredient book, counting almost 300 pages of details, calculations, examples and solutions for all categories of the project, will be available to order in Dutch soon. Both books are available in PDF form in Dutch below.

Vision book (Dutch, 10mb)
Ingredientbook (Dutch, 23mb)

Except Team Participants:
Tom Bosschaert
Eva Gladek
Michiel van der Vight
Ariana Bain
Hidde van der Lijn
Patrick Bellew (Atelier 10)
Michela Mangiarotti (Atelier 10)
Han Dijk (Posad)
Ilke van Engelen (de Zwarte Hond)
Jasper Overweg (Divercity)
Larry Köster (welcome.net)
Richard Boeser (sparpweed)
Gerard Vink
Stephanie Carlisle
Leonoor Beukers
Kevin Geers
Ennio Vicenzoni (Studio Vicenzoni)
Stephanie Bartscht
Rebecca Blum

Bart Verhagen (Estrade)
Paul Duyts (Vestia)
Hilde Postema (Vestia)
Peter Oei (InnovatieNetwerk / SiGN)



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Current Schiebroek-Zuid Collage
Current Schiebroek-Zuid (Collage)

Community Participation Idea Sketches Workshops
Community Participation Sketches

Community Participation Idea Sketches Workshops
Development Framework - SiD Space

Schiebroek-Zuid waste flow sustainability
Waste Flow Detail Map

Schiebroek-Zuid Market Sustainable
Vision Illustration Water Park

Schiebroek-Zuid Market Sustainable
Vision Illustration Pedestrian Corridor

Schiebroek-Zuid Post War Housing blocks conversion
Vision Illustration Water Park
Community Participation Workshops
Community Participation (Collage)

Sustainable Development Trajectory Design SiD time
Development Path Design - SiD Time

Energy and Material Flow Map Neighborhood SiD Context
Closed Loop Energy and Material Flow - SiD Context

Schiebroek-Zuid water flow sustainability
Water Flow Detail Map

Schiebroek-Zuid Market Sustainable
Vision Illustration Central Markets

Schiebroek-Zuid Market Sustainable
Vision Illustration Water Houses

Schiebroek-Zuid Market Sustainable
Vision Illustration Metro Plaza

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