Membership Netherlands Water Partnership

We are happy to welcome Defacto Urbanism as a new member of the valued NWP member network.

Defacto Urbanism and landscape design connects urban and landscape design with contemporary challenges such as climate change, circularity, green cities, and water management. They combine technical principles and research output with strong and inspiring urban and landscape designs and visualisations. Their services range from strategic development and research to public space design for many national and international governmental bodies and NGOs.

Anne Loes Nillesen, Founding Director of Defacto Urbanism: ‘Through membership of the Netherlands Water Partnership, we want to strengthen and extend our partnerships for urban climate adaptation projects and strategies’.
There are many good reasons to become an NWP member.

Would you like to know more about the benefits of joining our network? Reach out to us: https://lnkd.in/dXxPNGS

Podcast ‘de fijne stad’

In de podcastserie ‘de fijne stad’ van Marnix Kluiters is Anne Loes te gast in een gesprek over klimaatverandering en het belang van het toepassen van water en bodem sturend principes, juist ook in stedelijke gebieden. De podcast is onderdeel van een serie waarin verschillende uitdagingen en concepten voor duurzame, inclusieve en gezonde steden aan bod komen. Beluister de podcast hier: https://lnkd.in/eUzxV_bA

New project on Digital Twins for Urban Resilience

New project on Digital Twins for Urban Resilience has received a significant grant of €1.16 million from the Merian Fund. This collaborative grant provides the opportunity to work in partnership with esteemed academic institutions: Technical University Delft, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and Eindhoven University of Technology, as well as with industry leaders such as Arup Defacto Urbanism, Blanco-ad (www.blanco-ad.ch ), Bentley Systems, Okapi Research and Advisory Pvt Ltd a, and Care Earth Trust.

The project, named “𝑹𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒍𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒕-𝑯𝒚𝒅𝒓𝒐-𝑻𝒘𝒊𝒏: 𝑷𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒊𝒑𝒂𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝑰𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒈𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝑫𝒊𝒈𝒊𝒕𝒂𝒍 𝑻𝒘𝒊𝒏 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝑨𝒅𝒂𝒑𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝑼𝒓𝒃𝒂𝒏 𝑹𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒍𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝑾𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝑬𝒙𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒎𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒆𝒔,” combines the strengths of two diverse areas of expertise. On one hand, we have the expertise in digital twin development, complexity modelling, and the resilience of socio-technical systems from TU Delft and TU/e. On the other hand, we collaborate with IITM from India known for their skills in water resource management, hydrologic, and hydrodynamic modelling. The significance of our project lies in tackling the shortcomings in flood management, which frequently result in property damage, loss of life, and disruption to communities. The ResilientHydroTwin project investigates the potential and effectiveness of using a digital twin for managing water-related disasters. Our goal is to strengthen urban resilience by developing a city-level digital twin that accurately models system interactions and human behaviour. This digital twin framework will improve our understanding of the city’s interconnected systems, especially during flood events. It will be instrumental in formulating both hard and soft adaptation strategies, functioning as a living laboratory during extreme weather conditions. We will also investigate how digital twins can foster collaborative governance in managing water extremes.

𝐉𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐎𝐮𝐫 𝐓𝐞𝐚𝐦! With this project underway, we’re thrilled to announce new team openings! We’re looking to hire 3 post-docs (2 at TU Delft and 1 at TU/e) and a PhD candidate (at TU Delft) in the upcoming months. If you’re an academic with a passion for digital twin technology in urban resilience, we’d love to hear from you. The first post-doc position will begin in June. For more details and to apply, please check out our advertisement here (https://lnkd.in/eBhm3WqW).

Themaworkshop Deltaprogramma tijdens DIES-week

Een van de focuspunten van Anne Loes Nillesen Loes op de Delft University of Technology is het verder brengen van ontwerpend onderzoek, en studenten kennis laten maken met de methoden die de afgelopen jaren in de praktijk zijn ontwikkeld. Tijdens de DIES-week vond een themaworkshop Deltaprogramma plaats, waarbij ze alvast een hele serie verschillende ontwerpmethoden heeft gepresenteerd.

Metropolitan Club Talk at Delft University of Technology

Anne Loes Nillesen took part in the podcast-debate about the future of the Netherlands in times of big challenges and transitions. Moderated by Robbert Jan Van Der Veen (ECHO and TU Delft), Anne Loes talked with Helmut Thoele (Provincie Zuid-Holland) and Errik Buursink (Rijksoverheid) about the role of governments in spatial planning and development and the role that design has in that.

You can listen back the podcast soon here: https://lnkd.in/dAH-RV7b

Our director Professor Anne Loes Nillesen attended the SSPEED conference in Houston

How do we build a flood-resilient future?
Our director Professor Anne Loes Nillesen attended the #SSPEED conference on Flood Resilience organized by Rice University Houston, Texas. Top experts from the United States, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands presented on topics such as flood and coastal protection, nature-based flood solutions, and future perspectives. Anne Loes presented Dutch examples and concepts of approaches to flood mitigation. It was an honor to represent Dutch expertise with colleagues Raymond Hofer (Dutch Water Prevention Boxbarrier BV), Stan Vergeer (Policy Developer Water & Climate, Gemeente Kampen) and Pieter Janssen (Hoogheemraadschap van Delfland) and Baukje “Bee” Kothuis (NBSO Network Houston).

Cross-border and future perspectives for the Vlaams-Nederlandse Delta

When we think about long-term perspectives it is also important to look across the border. Together with CLUSTER landschap and Erasmus University Rotterdam, we are working on integral future perspectives for the Vlaams-Nederlandse Delta. Looking at 2100, what are the uncomfortable truths ahead, regarding transitions (water, energy, resources & production) and how can we tackle these challenges internationally? These questions were centralized during the workshop ‘Toekomstatelier’ in Antwerp where participants could contribute to the project.

In conversation with the (demissionary) Minister for Housing and Spatial Planning of the Netherlands

Our colleague Mona zum Felde joined a meeting with Hugo de Jonge alongside other urban designers and landscape architects. They talked about how the strength of design can be incorporated and utilized better in the current policy and governance landscape of existing and future spatial transitions and challenges. The meeting was organized by BNSP and NVTL.

Foto: Corstiaan van Pelt

Sustainable agricultural transformation in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

Climate change is set to have a major impact on agricultural water management in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. While this poses a threat to today’s agricultural system, it’s also an opportunity to transition to more sustainable and high-value forms of agriculture that are better suited to new approaches to water management.

Together with Wageningen University & Research, assigned by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Vietnam, we developed a strategy to transform agriculture to make it better suited to changing circumstances such as salinity and drought.

For more information, including a downloadable info graphic, click here.

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