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The state of the delta Engineering, urban development and nation building in the Netherlands | Han Meyer | Van Tilt | 9789460043345

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The state of the delta

Engineering, urban development and nation building in the Netherlands

Auteur:Han Meyer

Uitgever:VANTILT

ISBN: 978-94-6004-334-5

  • Paperback
  • Engels
  • 255 pagina's
  • 20 mrt. 2017

All over the planet, urban growth is taking place in delta and coastal areas. To what extent can the Dutch experience serve as a model for other urbanised delta areas? Since the 11th century, an inaccessible marshy delta in the lower reaches of the River Rhine and the River Maas has developed into one of the most urbanised parts of Europe. Dykes, dams canals and pumps have protected an united but also divided, the Dutch people - right up to the present day. In the Netherlands, there is an inextricable link between hydraulic engineering, urban design and nation building.

The state of the delta examines how this relationship has emerged and succeeded, and is currently changing. A key contribution was made during the twentieth century by major hydraulic engineering and urban planning projects that permanently changed the face of the Netherlands. Meyer moves on from there to consider how things may yet develop in the future. 

All over the planet, urban growth is taking place in delta and coastal areas. To what extent can the Dutch experience serve as a model for other urbanised delta areas? Since the 11th century, an inaccessible marshy delta in the lower reaches of the River Rhine and the River Maas has developed into one of the most urbanised parts of Europe. Dykes, dams canals and pumps have protected an united but also divided, the Dutch people - right up to the present day. In the Netherlands, there is an inextricable link between hydraulic engineering, urban design and nation building.

The state of the delta examines how this relationship has emerged and succeeded, and is currently changing. A key contribution was made during the twentieth century by major hydraulic engineering and urban planning projects that permanently changed the face of the Netherlands. Meyer moves on from there to consider how things may yet develop in the future. 

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