About: Stadslab Luchtkwaliteit

Stadslab Luchtkwaliteit is an open city lab addressing the issue of air quality, on a self-organized basis by experimenting, connecting, gathering and sharing ideas. It does not have a physical Lab Space. It consists of a trans-disciplinary team of 9 people varying in ages and backgrounds. It works together with professional air-quality institutions such as RIVM and is funded by the ‘Creative Industries Fund NL’ (2015 and 2016), the municipality of Rotterdam, and is part of the CityMaker Movement by the Rotterdam Architecture Institute.

The city lab started in 2014 after an open call for ideas for possible solutions for a better air quality of the municipality of Rotterdam. A group of citizens decided to share ideas and knowledge within the setting of a city lab in order to gain understandings towards the complex issue of air quality. We experiment with spatial installations and we try to measure the possible effects. We scope the various stakeholders involved in the process and make various connections. And we dare to ask critical and unconventional questions. Because of our open vision we have been able to create new insights towards the complex issue.

In order to share our knowledge and ideas we have been organizing events. For example, a meeting about ‘Measuring Fine Dust’ with amongst others experts on the topic like RIVM to gain knowledge about this ourselves . Or for instance on the topic: ‘Fine Dust and the impact on our health’ at Erasmus Academic Hospital Lung Department. We also organized a lunch on one of the most polluted roads in Rotterdam to create awareness on the impact of fine dust. Ana a workshop with kids to get new ideas. Lastly we organized a conference with all stakeholders involved in the environmental zone which resulted in a common advice (Burgerbrief). Currently we take part in the project Citizens Science where citizens start measuring their own air quality in order to gain knowledge, awareness and create better data. Read more about this in the interview I gave about Citizens Science.

Team: Marieke de Keijzer, Eric van Ulden, Leon Richard, Annemarie Piscaer, Kirsten Kentler, Han van Hulzen, Maico der Kinderen, Helmuth Tjemmes, Robbert de Vrieze