In the wake of an escalating global crisis with water, ‘Water Index: Design Strategies for Drought, Flooding and Contamination’ (2017) is a critical inventory and analysis of innovative architecture, landscape architecture and design solutions to address the rising, disappearing, and contamination of water. The book works to create an enduring manual and manifesto for water development and design in the twenty-first century and to acknowledge crisis-initiated design as an important trajectory for architectural discourse. The chapter ‘Catastrophe’ is taken from my book ‘Sweet and Salt: water and the Dutch’. You can read the chapter here.
‘So what can we do to protect our city from climate change?’ Every city in the world is asking itself that question, including Montclair, New Jersey, just across the river from New York. New Jersey and New York were hard hit by Hurricane Sandy. And that was the question that Gray Russell, sustainability officer of Montclair, put to me in our interview for a special edition of the local cable tv show ‘Greater Montclair’. I was in town to give two lectures in the month-long program Rising Tide at Montclair University. Read the article…
Dikes are the framework of the Dutch landscape. But even though there are so important, no book has been written about it. That is why the landscape architects of LOLA Landscape wrote it: Dutch Dikes. I contributed to this issue by writing an essay: dikes as a source of innovation.
Following Hurricane Sandy, the New York Times wrote an article ‘Going with the flow’ related to my book ‘Sweet&Salt’. Michael Kimmelman looks at how Dutch water management can serve as an example for the United States. “I enlisted Tracy Metz to help me find useful lessons for New York in the Dutch example. An architecture critic based in Amsterdam, she is the co-author, with art historian Maartje van den Heuvel, of ‘Sweet&Salt: Water and the Dutch’, which should be required reading these days. Ms. Metz called in some Dutch officials and architects, and she took me to see the Maeslantkering, the giant sea gate guarding Rotterdam.”
Read the article here
A year after Crown Prince Willem Alexander accepted the first copy of ‘Sweet&Salt: Water and the Dutch’ and opened the exhibition in the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, the book – now in its third printing – is receiving prizes and praise. Read the article…
Sweet&Salt: Water and the Dutch is the title of an exhibition and a book on the relationship between the Low Countries and that element which is so fundamental to their landscape and their identity; water. Under pressure from climate change, the Netherlands are redefining their relationship to water, and in the process are subjecting the landscape to an extreme makeover. Read here the book in PDF.