Stadsleven:  Al het goede komt uit het riool

Stadsleven: Al het goede komt uit het riool

We gooien er afvalproducten in – poep, pies, wc papier, frituurvet, regenwater – en in toenemende mate komen er waardevolle grondstoffen uit. Uit het riool halen we tegenwoordig stroom, elektra, kunstmest, biogas, bioplastic en zelfs wc papier. Voor De Groene Amsterdammer schreef ik over het riool in aanloop naar de editie van mijn live talkshow Stadsleven op 24 februari met het thema ‘Afval stinkt niet’.  Read the article…

Sweet&Salt hints at  the dualities within

Sweet&Salt hints at the dualities within

“Since Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy wrought their respective devastations, the effect of water on American cities has gained sudden urgency in an era of inexorable climate change”, writes Matthew Kiefer in his eloquent review of Sweet&Salt for the magazine of the Boston Society of Architects. “Thus the appeal of Sweet&Salt.” It hints at dualities within, he says: fresh water and salt, land and sea, ecology and economy, nature and culture, even art and life. Read the article…

Fast Company:  Against the Tide

Fast Company: Against the Tide

As the rest of the world is coming to terms with catastrophic floods and droughts, the Dutch are telling – and selling – what they have learned through centuries of experience. In his story, reporter Jeff Chu quotes me as a person “who best represents how Dutch thinking about water management has evolved over the past two decades”.

Foto’s Misha de Ridder

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Fast Company:  Against the Tide

Fast Company: Against the Tide

As the rest of the world is coming to terms with catastrophic floods and droughts, the Dutch are telling – and selling – what they have learned through centuries of experience. In his story, reporter Jeff Chu quotes me as a person “who best represents how Dutch thinking about water management has evolved over the past two decades”.

Foto’s Misha de Ridder

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Nova: Megastorm Aftermath (PBS Documentary)

Nova: Megastorm Aftermath (PBS Documentary)

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, PBS – the American Public Broadcasting System – came to the Netherlands to learn about the Dutch approach to water. How should the New York region protect itself from the next Sandy? Thanks to my book ‘Sweet&Salt: Water and the Dutch’ I was one of the people interviewed. I talked about the Dutch attitude to water as a ‘frenemy’. In Europe only the trailer can be viewed: ‘Nova: Megastorm Aftermath’.