City Without Fear of HeigtsThe Development of a European High-Rise Typology
> How can we make livable cities using high-rise buildings?
> Present, past and future of the Netherlands foremost high-rise city
> Covers everything from Het Witte Huis to the Zalmhaventoren, and beyond
High-rise is in Rotterdam’s DNA. As early as 1898, the city attracted attention with Het Witte Huis, which at 43 m was considered Europe’s tallest office building at the time. Now, 125 years later, new insights and techniques have allowed the highest point of the Rotterdam skyline to run to more than 200 m. City without fear of heights takes stock of the past decades of high-rise construction and describes main lessons and learning points.
Urban designer Emiel Arends takes the reader up into the sky. All leading, iconic and innovative Rotterdam high-rise projects from four time periods are sketched. But we also look down, to the street. What is the positive contribution of high-rise buildings to themes such as the housing crisis, sustainability and quality of life? How can high-rise buildings contribute to solving the challenges of our time? City without fear of heights offers a complete overview of Rotterdam’s high-rise history, without losing sight of the human scale.
ISBN 978-94-6208-799-6 | 1. edition | July 2023 | available | Emiel Arends | design: Antenna Men | Dutch, English | paperback | 17 x 24 cm | 184 pages | illustrated (120 full color) | with support from: Gemeente Rotterdam