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THURSDAY MARCH 21, 2013 Waterschap Zuiderzeeland + Noordostpolder

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by John Briel For the urban planners, our tour of Nordoostpolder, and all its interesting components, marked the final day of our Cities on the Water experience. So with sunny skies and bittersweet… Continue reading

WEDNESDAY MARCH 20, 2013 Almere

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by Solange Guillaume Pretend that you are a region starting from scratch—that you are not only making the buildings but you are making infrastructure that will connect to other cities, providing entertainment and… Continue reading

TUESDAY MARCH 19, 2013 ProRail Tour Utrecht, Op Hees, Bilthoven

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by Eric Gunderson The Netherlands has had a long tradition of mega projects that have reshaped the country’s infrastructure. We began the day by hearing the city of Utrecht’s plans for its massive… Continue reading

MONDAY MARCH 18, 2013 Eindhoven

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by Georgia Rubenstein Nondescript towers and concrete superstructures – those were the views that some of us anticipated being met with upon our Monday morning arrival in Eindhoven. We knew that the city… Continue reading

SATURDAY MARCH 16, 2013 Individual Exploration

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Bijlmer: a 20th Century Dutch ghetto by Stephanie Erwin Amsterdam, with a history of housing shortages, started developing satellite city districts to accommodate the growing population after WWII. Amsterdam annexed the Bijlmerpolder in… Continue reading

FRIDAY MARCH 15, 2013 Tiengemeten

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Planning for Nature? by John Briel Our day began at 8:05am sharp with the charter bus departing Strowis Hostel for the ferry to Tiengemeten Island, a newly planned ecological restoration project. In keeping… Continue reading

THURSDAY MARCH 14, 2013 Rotterdam + RDM

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To define and envelop, a scale and a space. by Michael Schiebe Rotterdam is home to the largest port in Europe and fourth largest in the world. It bustles with a busy morning… Continue reading

WEDNESDAY MARCH 13, 2013 Eastern Docklands & Zwarts + Jansma Architects

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by Stephanie Erwin On the agenda today, was to visit the old district of Zeeburg in Amsterdam, now apart of Amsterdam-Oost. Formerly an industrial shipping area along the Ij, these islands have been… Continue reading

TUESDAY MARCH 12, 2013 Booming Amsterdam, Van Beuningenplein + Westergasfabriek

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Enduring attention to detail and intentional design characterized our first day in Amsterdam. by Caroline Miller In the morning we visited the Amsterdam Museum Archives (Stadsarchief) for the “Booming Amsterdam” exhibit on the… Continue reading

MONDAY MARCH 11, 2013 Polder Tour

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Time and Tradition by Ryan Coates When does the span of time intersect with the perception of age of a landscape? In discussion today of change in the Dutch landscape, what becomes apparent… Continue reading

Sunday March 10, 2013 Utrecht Walking Tour

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by Elissa Brown Today was the official start of our Cities on Water experience! After spending a few days in the Netherlands, I’ve gotten somewhat accustomed to the feeling of enclosure and density… Continue reading