Floris Schiferli draws some ideas based on Mental Charlois

20 11 2011


Floris Schiferli is an artist and architect living in Oud Charlois. For one of his recent projects, he decided to use the material from Mental Charlois, give his own interpretation and make some very interesting proposals.

He organised the Charlois inhabitants in several population groups:


Charlois inhabitants timeline by Floris Schiferli

Historically the area was a farmer’s village on the other side of the Maas. With the development of the Rotterdam harbour though it soon transformed into a workers neighbourhood. International “imported” workers soon joined Dutch worker families. In the 1970’s with the independency of the former colonies Surinamese and Antilleans came to complete the colourful mix of inhabitants. The latest addition is the artists, who came here the last 5 – 10 years.

Young people hang out, close to the Maastunnel


Maastunnel hangout:

In the conclusion map of good and bad spots in Charlois, the artificial barrier between the river Maas and Oud Charlois, the Maastunnel is marked mostly as a good spot. Rather looking at cars then ships? The new youth is fan of the monumental Tunnel trace, or is it the great waste-burn Castel designed by Maarten Struis the real near-by attraction? Since teenagers are a hunted group in the south of Rotterdam, the area around the Maastunnel entrance is a good hangout, not too far from the supermarket, donner-kebap and their homes. The ventilation system of the Maas tunnel blows out warm air, so the spot is always slightly warmer than the outside temperature. The dike that contains a bike path can easily be misty and works as a visual barrier, so the users can have some privacy. Plus, the traffic noise is covering up the sounds of teenagers having fun. Seems like a win-win situation!

Bar and Restaurant terrace on Charloisse Kerksingel


Charloisse Kerksingel:

Several people have already proposed this idea. In the old times, the church used to be centre of public life, as everything happened around it. Nowadays, the amputated green park around the old Church, enclosed by a little fence, discourages the possibility to use it as a square. Looking at the movement traces, we understand the importance of the place, while a look at the historical maps show that different shops used to be located facing the church. There is simply no other square in old Charlois within so much potential. Houses all around function as a form of social control and there is already a cafe-bar and restaurant and a gallery. Imagine the sun shining, having a cold beer and some good finger food…

Proposed new metro station at Zuiderpark


Metro stop South-park.

A great park with hardly any visitors considering its size. Strangely enough the Zuidpark appears in most of the maps as a reference point but hardly anyone mentions that they actually go there. The movement traces form a big circle around it. A lot of people are depending on the public traffic, especially in the south of Rotterdam. Making the park more accessible could actually increase the number of visitors.



Mental Charlois at W_lf_rt Project Space

17 12 2010

Here are some images from our last public Mental Charlois workshop at W_lf_rt Project Space.


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Mental Charlois at Laleli Mosque

25 08 2010

Here are some pictures from our workshop at the Laleli mosque. It was our first men-only workshop and it was very interesting, mostly because of the language barrier, which we had to overcome! At the end, it prooved to be a very interesting experience on finding ways to communicate and our friend, Dursun Koca, helped us a lot!

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short workshop in Veldacademie

27 05 2010

In the framework of our exhibition of the results of the Mental Charlois workshop with the students of the Hugo de Grootschool we organised a short Mental Charlois workshop with participants the visitors of the exhibition.

We managed to concentrate a good amount of new maps from a random sample of people living in Oud Charlois. Attending an exhibition and participating at a mini-workshop was an interesting way to generate a discussion about out working method and the procedure of mental mapping in general.

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exhibition in Veldacademie

20 05 2010

The results of the workshop with the students of the Hugo de  Grootschool were exhibited in Veldacademie, a research laboratory of  the faculty of Architecture of TU Delft in Oud Charlois. Participants of the workshop were happy to see their creations on the wall and a lot of people from the neighborhoud passed by to see the results.

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Overlapping the routes of the Hugo de Grootschool students

12 05 2010
This is the map that came from overlapping the routes the students usually follow.We also asked them to indicate in green the places they like, where they feel safe and they prefer to go and in red the places that they don’t find beautiful or attractive. Most students find comfort in their house and like the park, eventhough not many go there often. Maashaven is concidered by many not a nice area. The school is probably the place which creates the most mixed feelings!
Overlapping of students' routes and indicating good and bad places
Overlapping of students’ routes and indicating good and bad places

what students said over Charlois

8 05 2010

 “Actually I like to stay in my bedroom.”


 “Als het in de avond is, is het nergens heel veilig in Feijenoord. Maar omdat ik er al 16 jaar woon ben ik het wel gewend.”


  “Ik voel me overal veilig.”


 “Zuiderpark is wel een leuke, rustige plek om een leuke tijd door te brengen. Maar Pendrecht is best onveilig door de hangjongeren.”


 “I feel comfortable going to farms because I feel peace when I’m there. I also like going to the playground of the children. I like looking at them when they play.”


  “Mijn buurt is niet heel fijn, je hebt daar veel drugscafés en het is gevaarlijk daar. De buurt van mijn vriendin is rustig en fijn.”


  “Op Zuidplein ga ik vaak naar McDonald’s om te eten. Ik zwem ook vaak in Tropicana.”


 “My neighborhood is so cool but near the station Zalmplaats it’s not cool because people make so much noise from the morning till night. But if you walk much further then you feel the silence and see the beauty of Ruisvoornpad.”


 “Op vrijdagen/zondagen bezoek ik (islamitische) lezingen. Ook ga ik wel eens naar de moskee.”


  “De Oliphant, het is daar lekker rustig en daar komt bijna niemand. Het is lekker rustgevend.”