And the value of the artworks can’t be lower than 1% of the price paid for the land lot
De Kleine Burg is setting up 11 homes on the Keyenburg in Zuiderpark
The first tiny houses in Rotterdam will be built on the Keyenburg in Zuiderpark (South Park). The group called “De Kleine Burg” was approved for the tiny house living experiment in the city and they will have rights to the land for a maximum of ten years. After that, the location will be returned to the Zuiderpark.
The experiment is a chance for the city of Rotterdam to monitor the long-term benefits of the new “tiny” urban trend closely.
Alderman Bas Kurvers stated in a press release that there is a growing demand for small scale living in the residents themselves and this is great because the city will have the chance to investigate the impact of sustainable tiny houses.
Size matters; Nature also matters
A “tiny house” is a space defined as no bigger than 50m2. The buildings are compact and movable, with no fixed foundations. Furthermore, they are detached and share a communal outdoor space.
Impressions of De Kleine Burg, Source: Ella Termaat on the City of Rotterdam's website
The city of Rotterdam will not provide standard utilities like water, gas and electricity. Instead, residents will have to look for alternative ways to make the houses livable.
Some of the residents have already found their sustainable alternatives to the comforts one comes to expect while living in a city. In their own words, they will embark on an adventure by living and experimenting consciously and self-sufficiently (off the grid).
They will be using renewable sources such as solar and wind to power their homes. They will be collecting rainwater and running it through a water purification system.
Innovations such as the “groundfridge” are also part of the plans. The City of Rotterdam's website specifies that a groundfridge is a space dug in the ground, where food can remain cool.
The tight community will also have a shared greenhouse that will double as an information room on open days, as the De Kleine Burg proudly proclaim: “We are eager to show the whole of Rotterdam our location and talk about sustainable living and building.”
The price of monthly passes, however, will remain the same so that regular commuters won’t have to worry
The design of the new bills will be chosen in 2026
The first-of-their-kind, the two-wheelers have already been turning heads in France
Linköping (Sweden) wins in the European Rising Innovative City category
Nijlen wants to be known as a bee-friendly town, which transforms words into actions
It will cost 39, instead of the regular 49 euros, in a bid to make public transit even more accessible
The Spanish island town gets high marks for creating an urban environment fully inclusive of people with disabilities
The Dutch capital is vigorously trying to remake its image and reputation and put forward what makes it a breathing livable city
Apply by 10 November and do your part for the transformation of European public spaces
This one could be a real game-changer for our built environments and the way they look
The practical art objects are competing for one of the 2023 New European Bauhaus Prizes
An interview with a member of the No Hate Speech Network team
A talk with the first man to circumnavigate the globe with a solar plane, on whether sustainability can also be profitable