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DEBATE The sustainability of delta cities


Wednesday June 4 Deltares is organizing -in cooperation with the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR)- a debate: ‘The sustainability of delta cities’ about land subsidence and urban planning.

Delta cities and long-term problems

Delta cities are facing long-term problems such as land subsidence, climate change and rapid rises in the population. Jakarta, New Orleans or Gouda: they can all look forward to major challenges. Land subsidence is a slow and lengthy process that today’s cities are not built to cope with. It is a problem that has not been adequately understood by urban planners, landscapers and architects. Experts are called in only when the effects become apparent. By that time, the damage to buildings, infrastructure or foundations is already clear. Or flooding may have got worse, and floods be more likely. The cost of all the resulting damage can be enormous.

Links between planning, design and construction

A debate organised by Deltares will look at how we can better exploit what we know about land subsidence in urban areas. The speakers will examine the links between planning, design and construction in delta cities using Jakarta, New Orleans and the Green Heart of the Netherlands as examples.

After a broad description of the issues, the debate will focus on practical solutions. Possible approaches will be suggested for the implementation of measures from a governance perspective.

You can enrol for this debate (entrance is free) by sending an e-mail to: