Text/authors: Maurice Specht, Joke van der Zwaard
isbn: 978-9078088-96-7   ..  € 22,50  .. buy book

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• Detailed description of a bottom-up initiative in a neighbourhood in Rotterdam
• About a place where people meet to focus on language, literature, imagination and participation

After the library was closed in the Rotterdam based neighbourhood ‘Oude Westen’, the residents of the neighbourhood established ‘Leeszaal Rotterdam West’ [Reading room Rotterdam West]. The invention of the reading room started by asking questions such as: What does your ideal reading room look like? And what could you personally contribute to this? Shortly after asking these kind of questions, a building was arranged and furnished to function as a beautiful public meeting place. Here, people focus on language, literature, imagination and participation and the reading room runs on approximately ninety volunteers. more
This book describes the internal structure of the reading room. The creators discuss how it is organised, how it functions as public domain, as a place for work and education, and as a place to exchange culture.

Maurice Specht is a philosopher. He regularly publishes about bottom-up organisations in the city.

Joke van der Zwaard is a developmental psychologist that published about earning enough money, advancing and living together in urban neighbourhoods. back

De uitvinding van de Leeszaal - Collectieve tactieken en culturele uitwisselingen