From Central Station to Overschie

About the route

Only after the war did it become clear what it meant that small Overschie had been annexed by large Rotterdam in 1941. The city was struggling with a housing shortage and the new economy also needed space. That is why many homes, schools and shops were built quickly. The experimental system construction made Overschie an architectural testing ground. There was already a road, but the village was permanently divided by the construction of the A13, surrounded by greenery. Apartment buildings were reflected in the water, working people could enjoy a pleasant stay. It became an urban neighborhood with peace and space. To such an extent that when the houses deteriorated at the end of the last century, architects protested against demolition: start renovating. Because although the old village was swallowed up by progress, Overschie was a time machine that takes us back to the progress ideals of the XNUMXs. This art and architecture route also makes it clear that clear agreements were not always made at the time, for example about maintenance. Many works are therefore marked by time. Fortunately, the reconstruction period is in the spotlight and with it the discussion about what should be preserved and how this can be achieved. But without attention nothing happens.

With more than a thousand works of art in public space, Rotterdam has a globally unique art collection, which is accessible 24 hours a day. Only a small selection of all these works of art is shown on this map and anyone who walks or cycles this route will pass much more art. This map shows a selection of 30 works of art and buildings from Rotterdam's reconstruction period. The map was created in collaboration with Platform Wederopbouw Rotterdam.


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