The transition to a more inclusive and circular society is a subject of huge public interest. In combination with the complexity of the global climate crisis, the need to change current systems is a topic of daily discussion in almost every societal sector. Yet, paralysed by the abstract and complex nature of the challenges, efforts quickly run aground in the question, 'OK, but how?' The design research project 'RE-/place' presents new roles and strategies to shape a society that is geared to circularity by testing these roles and strategies in a new type of public space. The RE-/place is a public depository created by, with and for the city, where urban metabolism and the world of recreation meet. City life and city maintenance intersect here and various RE strategies such as RE-value, RE-combine and RE-order are explored through design research. Re-/place reveals new opportunities for municipal skilled workers, city residents, designers and other makers to make life in the city more vibrant, more beautiful and more sustainable. Once the clock strikes five, the financial expert's frenzied work place gives way to the slower evening rhythm of a cinema, an exercise class, or a guest speaker. RE-/place aims to disrupt routine everyday reality, making the rhythms of and connections between things in the urban fabric palpable. The project is an initiative by Studio Ester van de Wiel and Studio Joost Adriaanse in collaboration with Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, City of Rotterdam, WE ARE AMP and Bart Cuppens exhibition construction.
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