What would an integrated design of the Rotterdam roof park look like?

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Several alternative concepts could be developed that would integrate the structure of the Roof Park shopping complex with the flood defense. It is common practice in engineering to develop various concepts, keeping the project goal in mind. This is a creative process that should not be hampered by overly precise descriptions of the desired performance. The provisionary concepts need to be verified in a later design step, to guarantee that the final solution meets the project requirements (see pages 62-65 for an explanation of the design method). This results in a limited number of realistic alternatives, one of which has to be selected for further development. This selection is usually done on the basis of a set of criteria that could be considered ‘soft’ requirements.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntegral Design of Multifunctional Flood Defenses
Subtitle of host publicationMultidisciplinary Approaches and Examples
EditorsBaukje Kothuis, Matthijs Kok
PublisherDelft University Publishers
ISBN (Print)978-94-6186-808-4
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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