Integrated coastal flood design strategies: changing paradigm in flood risk management

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Abstract

The relation between the design of the flood protection infrastructure and the design of the urbanscape is the focus of this paper with the question on how these two types of design can consciously affect each other. The text presents the preliminary result of an interdisciplinary research conducted by a team of urban designers and hydraulic engineers on two pilot projects of coastal adaptation to extreme sea level rise on the North Sea: Vlissingen (NL) and Southend-on-Sea (UK). Spatial measures to accept the flood, land use change, water-proof housing developments and the use of nature-based solutions are described in relation to the urban fabric. The aim is to discuss models of flood risk reduction which are alternatives to the more conventional coastal flood protection strategies. A different designerly way of thinking and a great effort of description and analysis of the two cases have been enacted to enlighten the spatial qualities of the urban form and its long-term adaptability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication14th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Dichotomies to Dialogues - Connecting Discourses for a Sustainable Urbanism
PublisherTU Delft Open
Number of pages9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventThe 14th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU): From Dichotomies to Dialogues - Connecting Discourses for a Sustainable Urbanism - Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 25 Nov 202127 Dec 2021
https://www.ifou2021.nl/

Publication series

NameThe Evolving Scholar

Conference

ConferenceThe 14th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU)
Abbreviated titleIFOU 2021
Country/TerritoryNetherlands
CityDelft
Period25/11/2127/12/21
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Keywords

  • coastal flood
  • water infrastructure
  • integrated design
  • risk management
  • living with water

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