Synergetic Urban Landscape Planning in Rotterdam: Liveable Low-Carbon Cities

Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)

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In this PhD research, the major environmental challenges of our time, such as climate change, sustainable energy transition and scarcity of resources, are approached from a spatial, landscape-architectural perspective. The goal is to accelerate the transition to liveable, low carbon cities. The focus of the research is at the local scale and attempts to turn challenges into opportunities for a better quality of life and living environment. Since 1857, when Frederick Law Olmsted combined the construction of two large drinking water reservoirs for the city of New York with the design of a beautiful park, these types of assignments are part of a landscape architect's job. At that time, the issue was to solve the problem of drinking water while now we are concerned about solving the combination of very diverse and different flows. This renders the assignment more complex but certainly no less landscape architectonic.

As part of this research, many functions, flows, areas and actors in the urban landscape system of Rotterdam have been studied. This research focuses on the development, design and testing of new approaches to strengthen existing urban qualities and to tackle problems in such a way that positive effects for other functions (synergies) arise at the same time in order to improve the quality of life in cities.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • van den Dobbelsteen, A.A.J.F., Supervisor
  • Sijmons, Dirk, Supervisor
  • Nijhuis, S., Advisor
Award date28 Sept 2018
Print ISBNs978-94-6366-079-2
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

A+BE | Architecture and the Built Environment No 24 (2018)


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