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Designing for water: the sweet & the salt of it

Water is life – and death. As floods and droughts assume Biblical proportions in many areas in the world, the magnitude of the water issues we face is penetrating our awareness and our political and spatial agenda. Nowhere is that clearer than in the Netherlands, where mastery of the water has always been a condition for survival. If there is one element which is crucial to the Low Lands – for its sheer existence, for its landscape, for its identity – then that is water. The Dutch created land by pushing the water out with dikes and keeping it out with pumps. Now, however, the country that...

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‘Sweet&Salt’ presented to the crown prince

February 12th, 2012: I present the first copy of the Dutch edition of ‘Zoet&Zout: Water en de Nederlanders’ to crown prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. The English version, ‘Sweet&Salt: Water and the Dutch’ will appear later this week. The prince also opened the eponymous exhibition in the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, curated by Maartje van den Heuvel.

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