Ina has lived in the van Swietenhof for no less than 71 years. She has seen Zuid change through the years. When she came to…
What do you do for the Urban Leisure & Tourism Lab Rotterdam?
For the Urban Leisure & Tourism Lab Rotterdam, I am a learning coach for groups of (international) students. In addition, I conduct research into the cooperation of teams in a lab setting. Previously, I conducted research into playfulness and creativity. I use the insights from that research to guide the design process of our students.
What is your favourite place in Rotterdam and surroundings?
I came to live in Rotterdam thirteen years ago, because I love the city so much. One of my favourite spots in Rotterdam is the Maasboulevard: from the Esch to the centre and then the part where you can see the Willemsbrug, the Hef and the Erasmus Bridge at the same time, that’s where I always stop for a moment. I also like to walk around the Rijnhaven. Or cycling through the Zuiderpark, from the children’s farm to the Valkeniersweide – a fairly long continuous stretch of green. I could go on like this for a while, so many beautiful things!
What is the best thing about working in the Urban Leisure & Tourism Lab Rotterdam?
I love to see students grow during the course of a project. You see them not only make plans, but also become more and more enterprising, independent, and self-aware of who they are and what impact they could have on the world.