Saturday, May 20, 2006
We like books, and if they invite us to interact with the city, then we love them! During our Saturday visit to bookstore De Slegte we spotted a title published during Rotterdam 2001 Cultural Capital of Europe. The Water Project is a guide inviting us to discover a 19th century Rotterdam on a walking tour. Designed by architect W.N. Rose in 1854, The Water Project was the first large nineteenth century upscaling operation in Rotterdam, comprising the development of five "singels"; Westersingel, Spoorsingel, Noordsingel, Crooswijsesingel, and Boeksemsingel. The book presents five tours and adds suggestions for eleven recreational "detours" filled with detailed descriptions of buildings, art, and historical aspects of the project.
The book is out of catalogue, so get your copy for ridiculous €4.99 at De Slegte before it's gone.
Edited by Fransje Hooimeijer & Mariëtte Kamphuis
192 pp, English