Adapt me for tomorrow. Towards a resilient The Hague in 2050 by re-defining collective space design
The Hague, The Netherlands
The interaction of water management approaches with the complexity of urban system reflects spatially on the process of urbanization. Nowadays, faced with the challenges brought by climate change and urbanization, we need to reconsider the way we have been preparing the cities for adaptation of the risks. The developed grey infrastructure that provided the opportunities for us to reclaim land from the sea is no longer sufficient to maintain the status in the future.
The project takes the city of The Hague as the research area. As a coastal city in The Netherlands, which is a country that is dependant on water management, The Hague is under the threat of multidimensional water challenges. As predicted, it will suffer the most from extreme precipitation of all provincial capitals in both 2018 and 2050. This will not only post risk to the tangible properties, but also threat the liveability and the valuable cultural heritages in the city as it’s also the political center of the country. Therefore, city of The Hague aims to achieve the goal of becoming a resilient city in 2050. As an important component of achieving resilience, rainproof adaptation can be transformed as an opportunity.
By taking the complexity of the social and environmental vulnerabilities into the consideration, the project discusses the possibility of linking the water management process with the collective space design to develop a conversation of the technical, spatial and social process.
The focus of the graduation project is how precipitation flood management can collaborate with collective space design to become an opportunity for achieving resilience. Taking the case of The Hague, the Netherlands, the project proposes a re-definition of urban development process through collective space design and techinical water management approach.