'Post.Rotterdam is an imaginary urban landscape, an alter-ego of the city itself, initially composed of four circular panoramas, in a sort of 'journey-collage' of its recent history proposed by Michelle Provoost, Wouter Vanstiphout and Ewout Dorman (Crimson), in a second instance, within the entitled Hyperscapes, it is shaped by a collection of nine architectural containers which express with audio-visual support, the product of the most significant Rotterdam architectural offices selected and analysed by Pedro Gadanho (CUC).
Thus it deals with a retrospective event about a specific landscape and culture, but also a prospective look at one of the most fruitful sides of contemporary architecture, as distinct as it is distant from our southern European culture, and precisely for this reason, so stimulating for our desire to find and understand ourselves today.' Thus Nuno Grande in his introduction. The urban transformation of Rotterdam after the physical and cultural tabula rasa brought by the aftermath of World War II forms the background for a reassessment of the architectural output emerging from this Dutch city during the nineties. It is reflected upon in this book, which consists of two parts. 'Panoramas' is an ironic journey through crucial moments in the recent history of Rotterdam conducted by Crimson Architectural Historians, an unconventional architectural/urban planning office. Using daring visual collages it focuses on the most emblematic changes in each period of Rotterdam's urban redevelopment after its bombing in 1940. 'Hyperscapes', on the other hand, deals with the laboratorial design process proposed by a recent generation of Rotterdam based architects. Selected by Pedro Gadanho, it reveals a wide range of work influenced by the open, formless atmosphere of Rotterdam. The book features projects by OMA/Rem Koolhaas, West 8, Neutelings Riedijk, MVRDV, NOX, EEA/Erick van Egeraat, Max.1, Schie 2.0 and Group A.