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Design Manifestation Act & Adapt

Climate change challenges us to look at our social functions, living environments and public spaces in a new way. The changing climate calls for adjustments in agriculture, water systems and urban structures. It requires careful handling, retention and possibly buffering of water. Dealing with heat requires a different way of building and living, more water and greenery in the city. There is a challenge to make our cities, coastal areas and landscapes both climate-robust and climate-adaptive. How do we adapt our landscape in such a way that we not only adapt to climate change, but also enrich the resilience and beauty of the city and landscape? We looked at those challenges with the Design Manifestation Act & Adapt.

The manifestation has brought leading landscape architects and climate issues in our region together. Nine areas in the Northern Netherlands will be central to the process. The locations that are being worked on are located in a proverbial slice of cake between Schiermonnikoog and Zuidlaren. The curators of the design manifestation were landscape architects Yttje Feddes (Feddes/Olthof) and Peter Veenstra (Lola). Together with various partners in the region, they have focused the assignments and selected the agencies.

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Sponsland had it's own website with all the results of the agencies. Curious to see them and the 10 principles for successful, climate-proof design solutions? Take a look!

The area

Especially in Groningen gigantic changes are in the pipeline. The seawater is rising, the groundwater is sinking and the earth is shaking. In addition, the Groninger land has to deal with salinization, peat oxidation and subsidence. The convergence of all these challenges makes Groningen the perfect place to look for solutions. Solutions that do justice to the centuries-old cultural landscape and which will give Groningen a new perspective.

The assignments are roughly located in the flow valley of the Drentse Aa and the Hunze: the rivers that have largely formed Groningen. All landscape types that occur elsewhere in the Wadden region are represented in this pie slice. From clay soils and peat quarries to the sand of the Hondsrug. It is precisely this what makes the excerpt so special. Here we can - as if Groningen were a stock cube - manifest a great many relevant tasks and provide a solution or at least an inspiring mindset. And not only other places along the Dutch, German and Danish Wadden coast can benefit from this. It can be of great value to other deltas in the world.

The locations and bureaus

Five locations in the urban area and four locations in the rural area have been selected to work on. The common theme of all nine locations in this manifestation is water. It relates to both ends - too much and too little water. Think of tasks such as sea-level rise, downpours in urban areas, insufficient drinking water in times of drought or subsidence and peat oxidation due to peat drying up. However, it is more than just a water challenge. The challenge is to combine the new water tasks with other urgent programs as much as possible, and with the opportunity to enhance the beauty and resilience of the city and landscape.

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Download here the Manifesto Sponsland

  • 10 Principles for Climate Adaptive Design


More information about the locations

Meet our curators