Water Management and Climate Adaptation

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

What to do with the increas­ing pre­cip­i­ta­tion in a cit 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 is ‘meer­voudig ruimtege­bruik’: mul­ti­cod­ing of pub­lic space. If reten­tion areas are required, why not turn them into added val­ue for the city?

The for­mer­ly neglect­ed office dis­trict Zomer­hofk­warti­er has been declared a test field for rain­wa­ter reten­tion projects, the main task being the de-seal­ing of pub­lic space. But there are also many unused old har­bour basins in the city. At the moment, the munic­i­pal­i­ty is work­ing on an acti­va­tion of these large sur­faces — with homes, hotels and offices.

On this tour a “Guid­ing Archi­tect” will explain the spe­cial chal­lenges which Rot­ter­dam has to face due to its loca­tion, and you’ll vis­it sev­er­al recent projects deal­ing with water management.

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Tour Programme: Water Management and Climate Adaptation

  • Expla­na­tions about water man­age­ment in Rotterdam
  • Hof­bo­gen­park on top of a for­mer rail­way sta­tion, to be con­tin­ued on a 2km high­line (De Urban­is­ten, 2018–2024)

  • Test field Zomer­hofk­warti­er with ZOHO rain­gar­den

  • Water­square Ben­themplein (De Urban­is­ten, 2013)
    Square design with rain­wa­ter renten­tion basins dou­bling as sports fields

  • Float­ing Office for the Glob­al Com­mis­sion on Adap­ta­tion (Pow­er­house Com­pa­ny 2021)

  • Wikkel­boat float­ing hotel suites (Fic­tion Fac­to­ry, 2021)

  • Future Rijn­haven­park: acti­va­tion of the har­bour basin and waterfront

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