Water Man­age­ment and Cli­mate Adaptation

Due to its loc­a­tion in the delta of the river Rhine, Rotterdam is often referred to as Delta Met­ro­polis. As impress­ive as that may sound, it also entails some challenges.


What to do with increas­ing pre­cip­it­a­tion in a city that lies largely below sea level, and where water comes from all dir­ec­tions: from the sea, the river, the ground and the sky?


The most pop­u­lar keyword at the moment is meer­voudig ruimtegebruik, i.e. mul­ticod­ing. This approach res­ults in pro­jects such as a pub­lic square that also serves as rain­wa­ter reten­tion facil­ity, or a veget­able field on the roof of an office block. Formerly neg­lected office dis­trict Zomer­hofk­wartier has even been declared a test field for rain­wa­ter reten­tion projects.


On this tour you’ll exper­i­ence sev­eral bottom-up inti­at­ives for cli­mate change mit­ig­a­tion and rain­wa­ter reten­tion, high­light­ing exper­i­mental approaches to spa­tial challenges.


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