Antwerp is home to 1.5 million m2 of flat rooftops, or the equivalent of 3000 football fields. The majority of this space is not being used to its fullest potential. With the new realities of climate change, these rooftops present unexplored opportunities. The COVID-19 pandemic was another driver for many citizens of Antwerp to discover the value of their green outdoor spaces. And the movement is growing across the globe as cities are optimizing their rooftops to increase sustainability (as alternative sources of biodiversity, water collection, energy or food production), or to provide new qualitative public spaces for growing populations.
DAKkan is a cultural event, but continuously addresses themes such as urban, environmental and social development.
Together with several partners, the DAKkan team is putting together a vision for climate-resilient rooftops, including for example, the city's own built heritage.