The Agniesebuurt is an old district of Rotterdam. It’s also a district that experiences a lot of trouble due to heavy rainfall (read: climate change). Therefore municipality designed a plan to make the area climate proof.
But, this plan raised a lot of questions by the citizens. How did the municipality come up with this plan? Why didn’t they reach out to us in an earlier state? Why should I invest myself (I’m not having trouble, let the municipality invest)? Why is the municipality going to experiment with our neighborhood (go experiment somewhere else)? It boiled up to a point that would even lead to protests and the plan getting wiped off the table.
This is the point where Volq came in. The municipality asked us to come up with a new plan which would be designed together with the community in order to involve everyone’s interests. For this project, I designed several communication materials and helped with designing tools for meetings and workshops.