THE URBAN POLDER: WHAT NEW YORK’S WATERFRONT CAN LEARN FROM THE DUTCH

As it faces a changing climate, the Netherlands is undergoing an “extreme makeover”: the country that fashioned its landscape so distinctly to keep water out is now adjusting its centuries-old strategy of self-defense: it is letting the water back in. This new Dutch relationship to water holds critical lessons for New York as it prepares more than 500 miles of metropolitan waterfront for an ever wetter future. Author and journalist Tracy Metz shares research from her new volume Sweet & Salt: Water and the Dutch, followed by a discussion with panelists Susannah Drake (dlandstudio), Klaus Jacob (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory), Michael Marrella (New York City Department of City Planning), and moderator James S. Russell (Bloomberg News and The Agile City) on strategies for living in harmony with water, and what New York City could learn from Dutch techniques. Join us for a special reception following the program.

Please RSVP to rsvp@vanalen.org.

This program is presented with The Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. It is part of Archtober, NYC’s month-long festival of architecture activities, programs, and exhibitions.

 


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Event Details:


  • When: 

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012
    7:00 p.m.

  • Where: 

    Van Alen Institute
    30 West 22nd Street
    6th Floor
    New York, New York

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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