After the library was closed in the Rotterdam based neighbourhood ‘Oude Westen’, the residents of the neighbourhood established ‘Leeszaal Rotterdam West’ [Reading room Rotterdam West]. The invention of the reading room started by asking questions such as: What does your ideal reading room look like? And what could you personally contribute to this? Shortly after asking these kind of questions, a building was arranged and furnished to function as a beautiful public meeting place. Here, people focus on language, literature, imagination and participation and the reading room runs on approximately ninety volunteers. | more
This book describes the internal structure of the reading room. The creators discuss how it is organised, how it functions as public domain, as a place for work and education, and as a place to exchange culture.
Maurice Specht is a philosopher. He regularly publishes about bottom-up organisations in the city.
Joke van der Zwaard is a developmental psychologist that published about earning enough money, advancing and living together in urban neighbourhoods. | back