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 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’, mean­ing mul­ticod­ing. It 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.


Tour Pro­gramme

  • Cent­ral Sta­tion (Team CS — West 8, Ben­them Crouwel, Mey­er en Van Schoot en, 2013), with explan­a­tions about under­ground rain­wa­ter stor­age Kruis­plein gar­age
  • Trans­form­a­tion of office build­ing Schieblok with urb­an farm­ing roof (ZUS, 2011)
  • Crowd-fun­ded ped­es­tri­an bridge Luchtsin­gel (ZUS, 2014)
  • Rain­wa­ter reten­tion square Ben­themplein (De Urb­an­is­ten, 2013)
  • Rain(a)Way-tiles and Rain let­ters (Fien Dek­ker, 2014)
  • Dak­park (Buro Sant en Co, 2014) Europe’s largest roof-park on top of a shop­ping mall, integ­rated into a dyke
  • Half-day tour
  • Private groups only!
  • Trans­port: walk­ing, bike, bus, pub­lic trans­port
  • Please con­tact us for a quote

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Your health is our top priority! Our tours take place in the open air, with 1,50 metre safety distance between participants and max. 15 participants per guide. A user-friendly and hygienic audioguide system is available and can be used with your own headphones.