Programme Rethink Rooftops 2024

We will welcome you at Las Palmas for registration and your first cup of coffee. Click here for directions. Please note: we strongly suggest you travel by public transport. If you do wish to drive to Rotterdam, we suggest you park for free here (South) or here (North) and take the subway (15 minutes).

Choose one of these morning meetings upon your arrival, if you have no specific preference we suggest joining the excursions.

Enjoy a sandwich and some good conversation. Browse our rooftop book market.

Opening of the afternoon programme

We will open the afternoon programme with the help of alderman Chantal Zeegers of the Municipality of Rotterdam, followed by a session on best practice examples from the world of utilising rooftops.

Visioning: plenary speakers

Three architectural visionaries have agreed to share their insights for this year’s edition.

Beatrice Galilee

Internationally recognised for her expertise in global contemporary architecture and design and the author of Radical Architecture of the Future (2021). She will write the annual rooftop essay.

Francine Houben

Architect and curator of international fame, founding partner and director of Mecanoo. Will discuss her work on libraries around the world with green and public rooftop functions.

Emiel Arends

Senior advisor on urban affairs to the cities of Rotterdam and Amsterdam and author of City without fear of heights (2023), will discuss the deceptive simplicity of rooftop development.

Dive deeper

Small group discussions on the different topics that have been addressed in the morning meeting and earlier plenary programme, lead by experts in the field.

Guests of Rethink Rooftops are welcome to stick around for the evening to enjoy the official opening of the Rotterdam Rooftop Days 2024.