De Staart as a water robust shelter location

17 December 2020 - Published by Elin Ljunggren
Combining sustainable area development on De Staart (Dordrecht) with the development of De Staart as a shelter location from flooding. Is that possible? This question has been investigated since 2019 by the municipality of Dordrecht, Rijkswaterstaat and the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR).

The research-by-design process is led by landscape designer Adriaan Geuze (West 8), who was born in Dordrecht. This study clarifies the preconditions for De Staart as a water robust shelter location. The final results of the study will be presented at the IABR exihibition on De Staart in the second quarter of 2021.

In an interactive adaptation dialogue, the design issues were approached in an integrated manner and flood resilience is used as a starting point and leverage for other challenges, such as the energy transition, biodiversity and mobility. The adaptation dialogue resulted in an adaptation pathway for De Staart. ‘This integrated approach greatly increases the feasibility of the solutions’ says Myrthe Leijstra, who is the case study lead for De Staart in the C5a Project.

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