Highway Studio

Podcast (Dutch)

The highway. An indispensable part of our infrastructure. Necessary for our economy and prosperity and a busy public space. In the 60s of the last century, the highway was a paragon of progress. But in 2011, the highway is experienced as a poor place to be: air pollution, pressure, traffic jams, noise, unhealthy, unsafe and ugly.

From 2008 to 2011, Rijkswaterstaat’s innovation programme, Roads to the Future (WnT), organised Operation Atlantis, an expedition to the valuable highway. A project in which participants from very diverse organizations tried to shape an integral area development vision, in which the highway was seen as a ‘place to be’, with a good balance between ‘People, Planet, Profit’ as a starting point.

Highway Studio

The Highway studio, in collaboration with the Willem de Kooning Art Academy and the Road Management Autorities, made a program with lectures, excursions, expert meetings and workshops around the A20 between the Terbrechtse- and Kleinpolderplein junctions. The Highway studio tested the highway as a new public domain during a semester-filling program. Twenty Fine Arts students built an expedition camp in the Terbrechtseplein junction to create works of art that were presented at regular intervals to civil servants, designers, and policy makers.

Location A20 A16 junction Terbrechtseplein – Rotterdam

Period 2010

Team Melle Smets, Reinaart van Hoe & Rolf Engelen en Noor Bongers

Commisioned by Rijkswaterstaat Corporate innovation program ‘Wegen naar de toekomst’
Funding
Rijkswaterstaat – Operatie Atlantis
Partners Rijkswaterstaat, Willem de Koning academie
Special Thanks Ingrid Roos, Annemieke Tromp, Wil Rene Jansen, Maik Mager
In collaboration with

Participating students Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam: Claire van Lubeek, Roos Wijma, Linde Akkerman, Remty Elenga, Adela Tenorio De Peroy, Joey Verberkt, Micha Prinsen, Tawhida Engelenburg, Lori van Vlerken, Niccolo Mascheroni, Gianluca Craca, Rosa Peters, Roel Roscam Abbing, Chris Bijdevaate, Boo van der Vlist, Peter Fortmann, Wendy van der Hart. Verslag/logboek: Juan Beladrich

Docenten ateliers(camping): Dirk van Lieshout, Doris Denekamp, Lukas Simonis, Rolf Engelen, Melle Smets

Jury:
Wim Anemaat, Rijkswaterstaat, Dienst Infrastructuur
Tertius Hanekamp, Atelier Rijksbouwmeesters
Wil Rene Jansen, Rijkswaterstaat, ‘Wegen naar de Toekomst’
René Verouden, Willem de Kooning Academie Rotterdam, Autonome kunst
Karel Winterink, Kunstgebouw, Publieke Werken

Main production: Roeland Otten

Production camping & Facebook: De Kapsalon

Part production & coach: Eva van Ginhoven

Host: Carlo van Driel (Station Noord)

Website snelwegatelier (snelwegatelier.tumblr.com)

Website Tumblr & wordpress: Wai Seu Chan

Website text & redaction: Eva van Ginhoven

Lectures: Jeanne van Heeswijk, Karel Wetering (Kunstgebouw), Dirk van Lieshout, Kamiel Verschuren, Guido Enthoven (Instituut Maatschappelijke Innovatie), Justin Bennett, Marnix de Nijs, Wilfried hou je bek, Arjo Klamer, Maarten van Wesemael, Joris Vijverberg (Rijkswaterstaat), Wim Nijenhuis, Lino Hellings, Sara Daleiden (L.A. Rangers), Sonja van Steekelenburg (Rijkswaterstaat), Alex van Loon (Rijkswaterstaat)”