International knowledge exchange

On Friday 4 June, our annual Knowledge Day took place – a three-part in-depth programme (in English) for professionals and other rooftop enthusiasts.

The Knowledge Day had a strong international focus and consisted of the Rooftop Farmers Meet-up (in cooperation with DakAkker) in the morning, interactive Lunch Workshops and the TOP^ summit about the sustainable layered city (in cooperation with Architecture Institute Rotterdam) in the afternoon. This years’ programme was centred around the theme A layered and sustainable city. This year, the full Knowledge Day programme took take place online.

The day was presented from the parking garage at Kruisplein in Rotterdam. The main location of Rotterdam Architecture Month in 2021, for which our Knowledge Day served as the kick-off event.

A look back to the Knowledge Day 2021

Did you miss the Knowledge Day or do you want to read back the interesting speakers or presentations of the entire day?

Read the programme booklet here (pdf)

We also created an extensive recap of the entire programme with all speakers, presentations, the manifest by Winy Maas and more.

Read the recap of the Knowledge Day here (pdf)

Here you’ll find the recordings of the:

Rooftop Farmers Meet-up in the morning:

Afternoon TOP^ Dialogues:

Afternoon TOP^ Presentations:

Expert meetings and podcast

Leading up to the TOP^ summit, we organised four expert meetings together with AIR. From these meetings, the most relevant talking points for this summit emerged. You can read the reports of these expert meetings here. The general managers of AIR and the Rotterdamse Dakendagen, Bas van der Pol and Léon van Geest, also made two podcasts about these meetings. You can listen to the podcasts here (via Soundcloud).

As on every Knowledge Day, the Rooftop Hero Award for best initiative on a rooftop was handed out. This year, the initiators of DakAkker received the award!

The Knowledge Day programme is organised by Rotterdamse Dakendagen together with AIR and DakAkker. It is also part of the Rotterdam Architecture Month 2021.

The programme is supported by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Gemeente Rotterdam and Creative Europe.

Photos: ©Frank Hanswijk