Rotterdam Havenstad is no more and the westward move of the port has allowed for the city to reengage with its waters. DATAPOLIS is part of an urban intervention on Katendrecht that explores how Rotterdam could alternatively reengage with the water in former port areas.
It does so by inserting a contemporary industry, a hyperscale datacenter, in the heart of the city: the Meuse river. As such, it confronts us with the scale and architectural expression of the shadow world of society and our expanding hunger for data as the oil of the 21st century with our privacy as currency.
This is a excerpt of the graduation report of Justin Agyin, who graduated in June 2019 with Jochem Groenland, Sjef van Hoof, Hüsnü Yegenoglu and Pieter van Wesemael as supervisors. Justin graduated at the chair of Urbanism & Urban Architecture (at the Faculty of the Built Environment at the Eindhoven University of Technology), and he participated in the graduation studio The Intermediate Size, specializing in the field of Architecture.