Just Hanging Out investigates public space in Rotterdam, with a focus on the New Garden.
Hanging out in public space is framed by a spatial and cultural perspective in Just Hanging Out. Taking thinking about ownership as its starting point, it considers the value of ‘free’ public places, and how the presence of ‘others’ has an impact on the experience of, and access to, public space.
At the invitation of Het Nieuwe Instituut, architects Afaina de Jong and Zaira Pourier (AFARAI) researched the wide-ranging uses of the New Garden, with the goal of reinforcing its value by making these visible. Over a few weeks they hung out, organised a series of public events, talked to garden visitors and regulars and discovered the specific qualities of the place. The architects captured their research in a short film, which can be watched below.
In the summer of 2019, six hosts played a central role in the programme of The New Garden. The hangouts are organized around a daytime barbecue and will attract new visitors from the hosts’ own networks as well as appealing to current garden regulars.