New forms of living indepentendtly, care and support at home


The inhabitants of the district of Carnisse, Rotterdam have a wide variety of cultural and demographical backgrounds.
These differences in background can be associated with differences in needs with respect to the use of (public) space. However, the homes in the district of Carnisse do not reflect this melting pot of ages, ethnicities, family compositions and income groups. The layout of all the apartments and the layout of the public spaces are exactly the same. The homes and public spaces hereby do not offer the flexibility and variation that is required in order to satisfy as many different needs.

The concept of extensionalism was developed for a reincarnation of Carnisse.
Extensionalism is based on the idea for a mobile, time-bound and flexible expansion of space to houses, which leads to a greater living comfort.
This public space really feels like an extension on your own house by creating this space right at home. Which, for example, takes away a barrier for the elderly and children to use the space for social or recreational purposes.
Regarding the practical implementation of extensionalism, you can think of including the use of a moving structure in different layers of

extensions of space. In this way, the space is easy to move to where there is immediate need for more space. In addition, the space, after a number of constructional
modifications, may be physically coupled to the porches. One machine in Carnisse would already be useful to connect many houses, because of the similar design that the houses and streets have.

Carnisse, Rotterdam
Project Team:

Chris Idema,Reinier Simons, Niek Luijten
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