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The Selfmade Land. Culture and Evolution of Urban and Regional Planning in The Netherlands | Hans van der Cammen, Len de Klerk | 9789049107017

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THE SELFMADE LAND

Culture and Evolution of Urban and Regional Planning in The Netherlands

Author:Hans van der Cammen, Len de Klerk

Publisher:Spectrum

ISBN: 978-90-4910-701-7

  • Hardcover
  • English
  • 486 Pages
  • Sep 13, 2012

The Netherlands is a river delta where 16.7 million people live on just 41.000 km^2, for the greater part selfmade land. Urban and regional planning runs in the blood of this country and its culture.

For centuries development planning and land use control have been adopted to reclaim large areas, as well as to keep the country safe and dry. Hardly a square metre of the Mondrian-like polders and the carefully planned cities has escaped the planners hands. Even nature is thoroughly managed and sometimes created. In the 20th century, the Dutch planning system became one of the most sophisticated in the world. As a result, planning, occupation and urbanisation in the Netherlands mirror its social, economic and cultural life.

The book 'The Selfmade Land' is a complete remake of the well-known Dutch textbook Van Grachtengordel tot Vinexwijk, which has had four reprints and sold over 10,000 copies since 2003. It describes the evolution of urban and regional planning in the Netherlands since the 16th century, unfolding a history of not only master pieces like the Amsterdam Canal Belt and spectacular public works like the reclamation of the Zuyderzee and the Delta Works, but also numerous smaller planning projects in cities, villages and the countryside. It tells the continuing story of the birth and rebirth of planning concepts on different time scales, the intriguing debates regarding a sustainable environment in the melting pot of Dutch society, and the final outcomes in terms of quality of space

The Netherlands is a river delta where 16.7 million people live on just 41.000 km^2, for the greater part selfmade land. Urban and regional planning runs in the blood of this country and its culture.

For centuries development planning and land use control have been adopted to reclaim large areas, as well as to keep the country safe and dry. Hardly a square metre of the Mondrian-like polders and the carefully planned cities has escaped the planners hands. Even nature is thoroughly managed and sometimes created. In the 20th century, the Dutch planning system became one of the most sophisticated in the world. As a result, planning, occupation and urbanisation in the Netherlands mirror its social, economic and cultural life.

The book 'The Selfmade Land' is a complete remake of the well-known Dutch textbook Van Grachtengordel tot Vinexwijk, which has had four reprints and sold over 10,000 copies since 2003. It describes the evolution of urban and regional planning in the Netherlands since the 16th century, unfolding a history of not only master pieces like the Amsterdam Canal Belt and spectacular public works like the reclamation of the Zuyderzee and the Delta Works, but also numerous smaller planning projects in cities, villages and the countryside. It tells the continuing story of the birth and rebirth of planning concepts on different time scales, the intriguing debates regarding a sustainable environment in the melting pot of Dutch society, and the final outcomes in terms of quality of space

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