The Transforming Dutch City seen through the Infrastructural Changes: Railways and the Case of Amsterdam

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Abstract

The relation between infrastructures and urban transformations is a complex matter. When we look at the Randstad, this part of the Netherlands is characterized by not only its urban development in the last 150 years, but also by the fact that the territory changed; herein geomorphology, waterways, and railroads play an important role. Since the Middle Ages, a well-developed system of canals is ordering landscape and cities, while roads had shallow relevance. Therefore, it is not a coincidence that the first Dutch railroads were positioned parallel to the canals. Land expropriation was easier there and the railway layout could be kept as straight as possible, saving resources.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart Mobility & Urban Development in Haven-Stad, Amsterdam
Subtitle of host publication2019 Summer School
EditorsJoran Kuijper, Roberto Cavallo, Hans de Boer, Iris van der Wal
Place of PublicationDelft
PublisherTU Delft Open
Pages22-25
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-94-6366-270-3
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Smart mobility
  • Railways
  • Urban transformation
  • Amsterdam
  • Dutch City

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    Cavallo, R. (2020). The Transforming Dutch City seen through the Infrastructural Changes: Railways and the Case of Amsterdam. In J. Kuijper, R. Cavallo, H. de Boer, & I. van der Wal (Eds.), Smart Mobility & Urban Development in Haven-Stad, Amsterdam: 2019 Summer School (pp. 22-25). TU Delft Open.