Selected projects from the Open Call: Urban planning for extremes
If nothing changes then cities will be faced with flooding several times a year because of extreme precipitation alternating with longer periods of extreme dryness and heat. Mobilizing the power of design and connecting the climate adaptation issue with cultural heritage structures provides a means of facilitating the development of surprising new insights and trains of thought. In March 2017 the Fund called on designers, local governments, cultural historians, executive parties and engineers to submit concrete proposals. Four proposals were selected.
evaluation and selection
The submitted proposals were presented to three advisers for their expert advice: Daan Zandbelt (architect / urban planner, Government Adviser for the Physical Environment (CRa), partner in De Zwarte Hond, associated with Van Eesteren Chair for Regional Design at TU Delft), Hanneke Kijne (landscape architect, partner in bureau HOSPER, coordinator for Professional Experience Programme (PEP), member of the City of Utrecht’s Committee for Aesthetic Control and Monuments) and Ellen Vreenegoor (archaeologist, VER programme director for Water and Heritage at the RCE). They evaluated the proposals with regard to formulation of the assignment, action plan, the pool of expertise involved and overall coherence. After two rounds of evaluation the panel arrived at a shortlist of four proposals that it preferred above the other submissions:
All four of the selected proposals proceed from an area-focused approach to heritage, with the underlying culture-historical structures, visible qualities and valuable local identities serving as the basis for developing relevant solutions for urban climate-adaptation tasks. They are aimed at diverse spatial typologies and scales. Weerbaar Weert (Resilient Weert) is an investigation into climate-adaptive interventions to give a qualitative impulse to the city centre, while Arconiko architects wants to devise a climate adaptation strategy for a metropolitan location in central Rotterdam based on pre-existing structural layers in conjunction with partners. The Island of Dordrecht is a proposal for a spatial development strategy for a newly enlivened adaptation landscape, which involves secondary regional water defences being imbued with fresh significance. Proceeding from a Utrecht case study, the fourth project focuses on the singel – the perimeter canal around the old city – as a climate-adaptive vehicle for historical city centres.
The advisers thought that the formulated assignment in the triangle of heritage, climate and city was highly relevant and interesting, as public-sector commissioners devote relatively little attention to it. By and large they were positive about the quality and diversity of the submitted proposals. With cases in Limburg, Utrecht, North and South Holland these were very diverse in their set-up, and municipal and provincial councils, water boards and other stakeholders such as knowledge institutions were in general well-integrated or actually involved with the proposals as authors.
the next Open Call
A second open call within this theme will be issued in the autumn of 2017. Keep an eye on Creative Industries Fund NL’s website or subscribe to the newsletter.
Heritage and Spatial Planning Programme
In March 2017, Creative Industries Fund NL launched the new Heritage and Spatial Planning Programme, which it will be implementing over two years in association with the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed or RCE) in the context of the Vision for Heritage and Spatial Planning Erfgoed en Ruimte or VER) (in Dutch only). This design programme interconnects urgent social issues and topical questions in the realm of heritage and space. Pivotal to this is a region-specific approach to heritage. Within this programme, two open calls were issued simultaneously. The Open Call: New Energy for the Landscape (in Dutch only) concentrated on the theme of energy transition in the landscape, while the Open Call: Urban Planning for Extremes (in Dutch only) focused on adapting to climate change in the city.