Do construction sites look different from one culture to another? Can one, after wandering around on them, define those characteristics that distinguish, lets say, a Chinese from a Dutch construction site? Should we look at the differences in size, location, density of man and materials, or at similarities such as concrete, steel and fences?
“Here the new heart of Rotterdam is pounding,” says a billboard about hundred meter South of Rotterdam’s Central Station (CS). And that heart has been pounding since in June 2004, Team CS, a collaboration of Benthem Crouwel Architekten, Meyer en Van Schooten Architecten, and West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v., has received the commission to execute the vision presented for the new Rotterdam Central Station.
In a text called “Existing structures govern building methods near Rotterdam Central Station” (pdf alert!) authors G. Hannink and V.M. Thumann from Rotterdam Public Works explain in depth the consequences and influences of the extensive reconstruction of the area around Rotterdam Central Station on the existing nearby structures such as the Groothandelsgebouw, the existing Central Railway Station, the existing underground metro station CS and the West-Inn hotel:
Extensive building activities mark the area around the Central Railway Station of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, during the period 2005 – 2012. A number of projects is under construction, others are still in the design stage. The building methods of these projects are governed by the presence of nearby structures. The geotechnical challenges that are encountered during the realisation of the projects are discussed, and the influence of these projects on the densely built environment.
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