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        • When Urban Design Leaves Some Room
          Shifting Degrees of Indeterminacy in Rotterdam-Zuid

        Abstract
        In their paper Michiel Dehaene and Els Vervloesem document the notorious difficulty of the ‘urbanist’ discipline to handle indeterminacy, its continued struggle to construct and cultivate conditions that are partially determined. Urbanism’s (in)capacity to deal with indeterminacy is discussed in their article in the context of the development of Oud Zuid in Rotterdam, an area one could characterize at several moments in history as an ecology of weak integration, which makes it a pertinent case to highlight the mixed role of urbanism in cultivating, renewing and, in many instances, destroying sociospatial forms of indeterminacy. The authors focus in particular on Katendrecht, the area around Afrikaanderplein and Boulevard Zuid and show how indeterminacy is a mixed blessing: only when indeterminacy occurs within the context of relative determination does it define an urban quality.
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        Citation
        Vervloesem, E., & Dehaene, M. (2011). When Urban Design Leaves Some Room. Shifting Degrees of Indeterminacy in Rotterdam-Zuid. Productive Uncertainty. Indeterminacy in Spatial Design, Planning and Management, OASE, (85), 17–32. Retrieved from https://www.oasejournal.nl/en/Issues/85/WhenUrbanDesignLeavesSomeRoom

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