Join us as we induct the 2019 APT Fellows, followed by our keynote.
What is so special about the Dutch approach to water management? Why does the call ‘Bring in the Dutch!’ ring out in so many countries across the world when they are hit by floods? This talk will address the distinguishing cultural and engineering aspects of Dutch water management. One of those aspects is sheer experience: the Netherlands have of necessity become masters of the waters, given that a third of the country is below sea level. Throughout its history, the country has developed a highly sophisticated system of defence from the sea and the rivers that flow it from the European hinterland to the North Sea. This manmade landscape does, however, require continual tuning and maintenance. And as the climate changes, the Dutch are discovering that centuries of intervention in the landscape and the underlying natural systems are not without consequences. They are therefore now looking to formulate a new relationship to water called ‘building with nature’: less defensive, more accommodating, allowing controlled flooding and creating more space for water in the cities.