Our Committee promotes cooperation, mutual understanding, and friendship between the citizens of Baltimore in Maryland, U.S.A. and Rotterdam in The Netherlands.
Baltimore and Rotterdam are both modern cities, because of historical events. Rotterdam’s central city district was destroyed at the beginning of World War II. Faced with the task of rebuilding the city, Rotterdam chose to embrace the future rather than to resurrect the past - becoming a showplace for modern architecture in Europe. The city center of Baltimore was destroyed in 1904 by the Great Fire. So both cities were built from the ground up during the 20th century.
Rotterdam and Baltimore have approximately the same geographical and population size. These two cities have in common a deep maritime history, large port operations in estuarine waters, and both are home to prestigious universities, medical schools, and world-class museums and other cultural institutions. They also share many of the issues and opportunities common to many large, modern cities with diverse populations.
Unravel the Code
MICA and WdKA ”Smart Textiles” course
Students from Baltimore’s MICA and Rotterdam’s WdKA have been collaborating online and meeting each other in-person. They explore material properties and technological applications in a research lab-like environment. This international collaboration class is held in spring and fall semesters. In Fall 2014, the class is planning to participate in the annual Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Technische Universiteit Eindhoven and Johns Hopkins School of Engineering are providing assistance to the course.
Artist Steve Bradley is working with residents of the Brooklyn-Curtis Bay area of Baltimore (also known as Baybrook). This neighborhood is participating in a community arts exchange project with Rotterdam’s Heijplaat neighbohood. The project is called HarborTraces. Theatre artist/educator Kathie diStefano from Heijplaat visited Baltimore in December 2013 for a residency.
Dutch delegations visit Baltimore
March - May, 2014
An economic delegation from Amsterdam and North Holland visited Baltimore at the end of April along with the “Stad Amsterdam” clipper ship. In May, a Science & Technology delegation from the Dutch Ministry of Security & Justice had meetings with several Baltimore-area organizations.