Dutch Water Design will execute a concept study sustainable redevelopment of the business district Albert Canal in the city of Antwerp. In the coming year, the team, led by Posad and complemented with Arcadis and One Architecture Amsterdam, will focuses on creating a sustainable future for the business district on both sides of the Albert Canal.

ONE - The Big U battery park

1-Lectures: Manhattan Case Studies

Matthijs Bouw (One Architecture) will talk about the resiliency-projects he is currently involved with in the Unites States – foremost amongst them the ‘Big U/Dryline’ for the flood-protection of Manhattan. He interweaves this story with a narrative on the parallel transformations towards a more resilient office that his firm One Architecture is undergoing.

Thursday March 19, 20h00, at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, Waterlooplein 213 in Amsterdam.
Tickets cost €5 and can be purchased at the door from 7.30 pm.
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LOLA - Dutch Dikes

Dutch Dikes – Out now!

The moment we’ve all been waiting for! Lola’s book with the results of their research Dutch Dikes / Dijken van Nederland is out now! Everything about Dutch Dikes in one book! Be sure to check the website for the interactive map.

Dutch Dikes offers a complete overview of the Netherlands’ most important invention: the dike. Based on the first map of dikes in the Netherlands, the dikes are characterized, explained and categorized in all their diversity. In addition, the book features a surplus of dike anecdotes and in-depth portrayals of 40 of the 100 most remarkable Dutch dikes. The authors show the technical, cultural and historical sides of the dikes, as well as a glimpse of the future: the Dutch dikes as the parks of the twenty-first century.

Eric-Jan Pleijster, Cees van der Veeken (LOLA landscape architects)
More information and to order the book.

ONE - The Big U battery park


One Architecture and BIG‘s proposal ‘The Big U’, to protect Manhattan against flood, has won The Rebuild by Design competition. The Big U shows that the protection of low-lying parts of Manhattan can be designed in such a way that new opportunities for waterfront and the neighborhoods behind it arise. By reviewing the 10-mile coastline between West 57th via The Battery back to East 42nd Street as a series of compartments, the solutions can be profoundly local. In an intensive design process with community organizations three of the compartments were further elaborated with each a unique solution.

Article in De Volkskrant
Article in Het Financieele Dagblad

Brooklyn Rotterdam Waterfront Exchange Project

Rebuild by Design

On March 20th, Matthijs Bouw, co-lead of BIG Team, will speak at the closing session of the RDM Campus Brooklyn Rotterdam Waterfront Exchange Project. He will relate about Rebuild by Design and share some preliminary experiences with the BIG-U, a community driven flood protection for Manhattan.

Dwarka Workshop 2


During this step of DELHi 2050, the team, along with its various knowledge partners, researched ways to tackle the water crisis in Dwarka. Joined by Dutch partners Matthijs Bouw and Rianne Makkink, they will present the work and implementations of these designs to the DDA and interested societies. On a smaller scale, to ensure that the younger generation will be water sensitive, the “Water Game” will also be launched.



As part of the Delhi 2050 project DWD and Indian partners, including the Delhi Development Authority, are studying a new district in Delhi, called Dwarka. Dwarka counts 460,000 inhabitants (2011 Census), but is planned and built for one million. Especially a large water shortage prevents further development.

POSAD - Living and designing with water 04

Living and Designing with Water

Posad contributed ‘Living and Designing with Water‘ to the tenth Architecture Biennale in São Paulo Posad. This animation discusses the relationship of man and the city compared to water and the role of the designer herein. Brazil and the Netherlands both stand for several major tasks to give water a place and find balance between enough and too much. Through trial and error, the Netherlands learned to live with water, rather than only defend itself against it.