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N°62 | Floating City: living and working with water in Rotterdam


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Lead Partner Municipality of Rotterdam
Region:
Contact Person Arnoud Molenaar
Position within organisation: Policy Advisor
Telephone number : 00 31 10 489 6661
Fax number : 00 31 10 489 6231
Email address : A.Molenaar@gw.rotterdam.nl
Website :
Project type : Study for measures. First phase: research project.
Partners involved :
Relevant measure(s) : 3.1, 4.2.
Total eligible cost (€) 0
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There is general recognition of the need to treat water differently (more space for water). This will certainly have consequences for spatial planning on the low-lying clay-peat soils in Zuid-Holland and the Rotterdam region. The Waterplan Rotterdam 20002005 builds on these water management needs, such as more space for water storage, greater retention and improving water quality. In addition to the extra land that will be required to do this, more will be needed in the coming years for homes and business areas. The challenge is to adopt a creative approach to these seemingly contradictory spatial planning issues. The concept of the ‘Floating City’ takes up this challenge. Housing, employment, recreation, nature, environment and water storage will be combined in such a way that they solve a number of spatial and environmental problems. Rotterdam intends to explore the local and regional possibilities for combinations of water/housing and water/industrial estates and apply them where possible. Also the redevelopment of the urban dock basins should be considered. It is important to pay close attention to the dynamics and resilience of the water system. Rotterdam wants to actively look for practical solutions related to urban extensions and urban redevelopment. The aim is to start a few pilot projects that examine various possible applications: water and housing, water and industrial estates, and redevelopment of the urban dockland area. This will be in the interests of the management of water quality and quantity, but also offers opportunities for adding quality to urban extensions and the experience of water in the environment.
 
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Application of the ‘floating city’ concept in the Rotterdam urban area: insight into feasibility, development visions for 3 pilot areas, and implementation in Rotterdam.
 
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Application of the ‘floating city’ concept in the Rotterdam urban area: insight into feasibility, development visions for 3 pilot areas, and implementation in Rotterdam.
 
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