17.07.21 14 Trees of Rotterdam – book presentation by Alice Ladenburg  + city walk with talks by guest speakers

15:00 welcome and introduction at Rijnhoutplein Rotterdam

15:30 walk to 2 trees featured in the guide

17:00 drinks at PrintRoom

We meet at Rijnhoutplein (1 min walk from PrintRoom) where one of the protagonists of the book is situated: a Chinese Windmill Palm – planted there in 2007 as part of the move to integrate Rotterdam’s diverse cultural history and present into city urban developments. From here we will visit two other trees that are featured in the book, in the vicinity of PrintRoom. We are very happy to welcome five distinguished experts who will share their specific knowledge in relation to trees from the fields of architectural history, biology, dendrology and tree activism.   

Guest speakers:
🍀 Herman van Bergeijk – architectural historian TU Delft
🍂 Pim Janse – Stichting De Bomenridders
☘️ Ronald Loch – Advisor Trees, Municipality Rotterdam
🍁 Kees Moeliker – director Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam
🍃 Frans Smith – Cool Down City

A limited number of people can join the walk. Reserving is mandatory. Please make a reservation through info@printroom.org under the subject 14 Trees.

🌳🥾All talks will be in Dutch🐞☀️

14 Trees of Rotterdam – a Guide for City Exploration

Rotterdam is known for its innovative and futuristic architecture. But it is also a city of trees – living things that can also be interpreted as architectural monuments central to urban life. Focusing on fourteen trees in central Rotterdam, this guide gives a fascinating insight to the city from historical, cultural and botanical perspectives.

Design by Peter Foolen and Alice Ladenburg, published by Peter Foolen Editions and PrintRoom

The Chinese Windmill Palm at Rijnhoutplein will be the point of departure.

The tree silhouettes presented in this book are made using Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS)

AL: ‘TLS is a technology using laser pulses to create ‘point clouds’ to capture the 3D structure of an environment. The technique is used for detailed tree measurement, making for progressive forestry research which contributes to new environmental understandings. Visualisations such as those in this guide are increasingly used to illustrate tree architecture (i.e. its structure and shape) – which is now known to determine how a tree interacts with its environment.’

More information:
Alice Ladenburg undertakes individual and collaborative projects in a range of mediums including video, photography, drawing and performance. Often nomadic in nature, many of her projects playfully capture times and places to give structure to human experiences of the complex, and at times irrational, world we live in today. Over the past five years she has also been developing new art-science research methods and modes of presentation in academia, working collaboratively and across disciplines to reflect upon the nature of individual observation, knowledge and creativity. Both research and production based, this work is influenced by scientific methodologies, but does not set out to explain results or prove a hypothesis, rather portray an individual understanding of any given subject, time or place. This investigative process considers visual, audio and written observations as ‘data’ to be ‘analysed’, ‘processed’ and finally presented in a variety of formats and environments.

She trained in Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art (graduating 2008), and received a TECHNE grant from the Arts and Humanities Research council to undertake a masters degree in Cultural Geography at the Royal Holloway University of London (2015). She has undertaken and presented work at a broad range of institutions including The Institute of Economic Research and Innovation at Tshwane University, South Africa, the geography departments at the University of Edinburgh and Royal Holloway University of London, the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University and the Amsterdam Research Institute for the Arts & Sciences. She currently lives and works in Rotterdam.  PrintRoom’s programme is kindly supported by the Mondrian Fund, the Creative Industries Fund NL and the City of Rotterdam

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