On a cold rainy day shortly after 9/11 Rotterdam's uninvited guests W H Y began generating materials based on performative investigations and self-organized interventions into the urban fabric of the "Manhattan on the Maas". Driven by astounded, critical, when not perplexed perceptions of the city, W H Y searched for a language and the media to uncover the hidden potentials of a city with a constant reconstruction complex—the simultaneous rapid rise of skyscrapers and the right in the tagged liberal Dutch society made it all the more delirious. Months became years. Labyrinthine mental maps were found written in the shadow of skyline, an innbetween storytelling that revealed doors to the other cities within cities.

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The W H Y in Rotterdam exists innbetween the consensus reality or factual history and its hidden legends and imagined utopias. The background documents found below are the blueprints for various communication tools used to convey concepts and possible urban interventions to the "official" authors of the city: dS+V city planners, OBR property owners, CBK and RKS art in public space funders, among others.

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CHAPTER 1 : WHY ROTTERDAM IS INNBETWEEN
CHAPTER 2 : INNBETWEEN CONDITIONS
CHAPTER 3 : CONSTANT RECONSTRUCTION COMPLEX
CHAPTER 4 : MANHATTAN ON THE MAAS
CHAPTER 5 : REALITY IS ALL ABOUT LANGUAGE
CHAPTER 6 : THE POLITICS OF STORYTELLING
CHAPTER 7 : A DIFFERENCE OF WORDS
CHAPTER 8 : BREEDING GROUNDS – LLOYDKWARTIER
CHAPTER 9 : THE INN AT WORLD PORT'S END

 

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The Inn at World Port's End

A case study site was chosen on the Lloydpier—one of Rotterdam's decaying-developing port terrains—for a temporary spatial intervention, a semi-public camp (which would also solve the mobile artists' housing problem), a symbiotic implant within the area's transformation from residual port to normalized urban fabric.

 

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Transdimensional Tourism / The Pre-Emptive Pages

The primary public communication tool of the Inn was to be W H Y Rotterdam, a hybrid bauzeitung alternative city magazine to permeate the Rotterdam skyline with storytelling from invisible cellars in the City of Architecture. Documentation of dummy versions of the publication idea.

 

 

 

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Why Rotterdam

Upon relocation to the Poortgebouw on the south banks of the Maas, the storytelling ammunition for the planned but apparently unfundable print city magazine migrated to the Internet. Uncanny and trivial observations, suspicions about the underlying machinations of the city, portraits of local accomplices, and other narrative interruptions of unremitting architectural, social, and political erections were uploaded in the graphic form of a promotional-supermarket-sketchbook-webzine.