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Discover Benelux | Special Theme | Landscape Architecture
ABOVE LEFT: Project Lent (Nijmegen area). Designer: HNS, Amersfoort. The dike setback project combines flood protection with a contribution to the spatial quality of the riverine area.
A future-proof landscape The centuries’ long battle against the water in the Netherlands has made Dutch landscape architects masters of designing with water and land. They have always planned for the future with designs that are timeless but adaptable to changes in use and style, taking account of growth, landscape processes and the needs of both nature and society. TEXT: MARIëLLE HORSTEN / JELLE BENNEMA | PHOTOS: NvTL
Over the years they have taken on large and complex planning and design commissions for urban development, habitat restoration, water management and regional issues in rural areas. The current sustainability agenda has added a new dimension and challenge to the landscape architects’ pallet of green space, water and time.
Energy Renewable energy landscapes, such as wind parks, solar fields, geothermal fields, biofuel production and heat networks, make a greater claim on space than fossil fuel facilities and their planning and design requires an integrated appraisal of a broad range of issues. Dutch landscape architects are able to integrate their specialist expertise on these topics with knowledge of the landscape, design and strategic planning processes.
Urban climate Flooding during intense precipitation events and rising temperatures in urban
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areas highlight the need for climate-responsive design. Dutch landscape architects have an extensive ‘green/blue’ toolkit for managing the urban climate. Climateresponsive design means thinking in terms of processes instead of fixed end states. Change is the only constant.
spatial and often economic (cost-saving) dimensions and creates added value in the process. This skill of designing landscapes that combine activities and resources is what sets Dutch landscape architects apart. If you are curious to know more, please contact the Dutch Association for Landscape Architecture (NvTL).
Recycling loops The capacity of Dutch landscape architects for integrated thinking comes into its own when designing for recycling loops, in both urban and rural areas. Closing recycling loops involves not only smart use and reuse of materials, but above all seeing the connections between the various flows and finding ingenious ways to link them together in the design.
Sustainable landscape architecture Sustainable landscape architecture requires systems thinking for physical planning and design. The core of this is thinking in terms of the interconnectedness of elements, systems and processes, which in turn leads to solutions with technical,
ABOVE & RIGHT: Benthemplein water square (Rotterdam). Designer: De Urbanisten, Rotterdam. Combining water storage with improving the quality of urban public space, the Benthemplein makes money invested in water storage facilities visible and enjoyable. Three basins collect rain water: two shallow basins for the immediate surroundings and one deeper basin for the larger area.
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