Rotterdam-Zuid 1800-2500 is an investigation into the genesis of Rotterdam South. This is graphically depicted in “patterns” of the city. Patterns are the links between large and key projects and events that led to the composition of the South District. The clusters of projects and events from nine patterns. Many of the original reasons that led to todays physical are today changed or expired. By comparing renewed motives to the formation history of the city, the past forms the basis for future assignments. The research has resulted in a vision for future development of the port areas in the south of Rotterdam.