Rethink Rooftops 2024

Rethink Rooftops is the international knowledge day of the Rotterdam Rooftop Days and the first ever annual event centred on international rooftop exchange. Anyone who is professionally interested in utilising and (re)designing urban rooftop space is welcome to exchange experiences, get inspired and… rethink rooftops! Topics will range from housing on rooftops (topping up or ‘optoppen’ in Dutch) to comparing rooftop policy between European cities.

First speaker confirmed

We are happy to announce Beatrice Galilee as one of our keynote speakers. She is internationally recognised for her expertise in global contemporary architecture and design and the author of Radical Architecture of the Future (2021).

Between 2014-2019 she served as the first curator of contemporary architecture and design at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MoMA). She is co-founder and executive director of The World Around, a platform in residence at the Guggenheim Museum. For Rethink Rooftops, Galilee will write an essay focused on rooftop use in radically changing cities and during the day she will present her findings.

The full programme, including keynotes and workshops, will be announced in April

About the day

In the morning we have several community meet-ups planned as well as a tour to two innovative Rotterdam rooftop projects. We will meet again for lunch at the roof of Las Palmas and spend the afternoon filled with inspiring talks, surprising presentations and small group conversations.

Included in the event price

  • Food and drinks (lunch and a light dinner)
  • Workshops and tours (including transport between locations)
  • Plenary programme

Not included

  • Parking (location is very easily accessible via public transport)
  • Overnight stays

Who can attend?

Anyone with an occupational interest in rooftop use can attend, the programme is designed for a mix of different urban professionals and students. The language of the event is English, the audience will be a combination of Dutch speakers and international guests. Policy makers, (landscape) architects, roofing professionals, developers, building owners etc all are welcomed. Students are eligible for a 50% discount on the event price (€42,50 including lunch and a light dinner). When you buy a ticket on this page your participation is confirmed and we will keep you up to date on the programme via email.

If you have any questions about the programme or your attendance, please contact Emma van Dam at

About the location

The beautiful and inspiring rooftop of Las Palmas will once again be the main location for Rethink Rooftops. From here, we will arrange any necessary transport to tour locations. the best way to reach the rooftop is through public transport.