Heritage and Space Design Programme
Climate adaptation and the energy transition are two current challenges that have a direct impact on the spatial planning of the Dutch cultural landscape and our daily living environment. In order to intensify collaborations between designers and the heritage sector, the Heritage and Space Design Programme was launched in 2017.
The aim of the programme, which was developed by the Fund in cooperation with the Cultural Heritage Agency, was to develop a future-oriented approach to the Dutch cultural landscape and the sustainable development of our everyday living environment. How can climate adaptation and the energy transition not only be a reason to change our living environment, but also an opportunity to improve the quality of the Netherlands of tomorrow?
In 2017, the Fund launched four open calls on two thematic lines - Energy Transition in the Landscape and Climate Adaptation in the City. Sixteen projects were selected within these calls. To enable the further development of the exemplary projects supported through one of these open calls, the Fund offered the possibility of applying for vouchers for a presentation abroad until October 2020.
If nothing changes, cities will experience flooding from extreme rainfall interspersed with longer periods of extreme drought and heat several times a year. By harnessing the power of design and linking the issue of climate adaptation to cultural-historical heritage structures, surprising new insights and mindsets can be developed.
In March 2017, the Fund called on designers, local government bodies, cultural historians, implementing parties and engineers to submit specific proposals. The following projects were selected:
- Weerbaar Weert, Personal Architecture, NOHNIK, Lara Voerman and the Weert Municipality
- Cultural Heritage as a Medium for an Attractive Climate-adaptive City, Arconiko architects, Designlab 2902, Water Sensitive Rotterdam, Hilde Sennema, Vereniging RCD and the Rotterdam Water Board and Municipality
- The Isle of Dordrecht: Transformation of Regional Flood Defences into an Adaptation Landscape, Felixx, Unesco-IHE and the Dordrecht Municipality
- The Canal as a Climate-adaptive Medium for the Historic Inner City, OKRA, Alterra, WUR, Stichting in Arcadië, Climate KIC and the Utrecht Municipality
In order to achieve the European climate targets, extraction from renewable energy sources needs to be scaled up considerably, and this places a visible claim on the landscape. By harnessing the power of design and linking the issue of the energy transition to cultural-historical heritage structures, surprising new insights and mindsets can be developed.
In March 2017, the Fund called on multidisciplinary teams to submit specific proposals. Four out of the seventeen project proposals were selected. The following projects were selected:
- Military Heritage in Transition – New Dutch Waterline, Pannerden Fort, H+N+S Landscape Architects, coöperatie Relocal and Ro&Ad Architecten
- ENDELK – Middag-Humsterland case study, Westerkwartier Regional Cooperative, Hanze University of Applied Sciences and the Zuidhoorn Municipality
- Energiek Eerbeek, BRIGHT, Florian de Visser, Werkend Landschap and the Brummen Municipality
- Implementation of Wet Energy Cultivation to Preserve the Peat Meadow Landscape, SMARTLAND, Bureau Lantschap, various water boards, Radboud University/B-ware, Veenweiden Innovatie Centrum (VIC) and various farmers
In the repeated Open Call Urban Planning for Extremes, the following four projects were selected:
- ‘s-Hertogenbosch Swamp Dragon Toys with Water-wolf, Nienhuis landschapsarchitectuur, Steven van Schuppen, the Den Bosch Municipality and BVR adviseurs ruimtelijke ordening
- Climate-proof Approach to the Kanaleneiland District, Architectuurcentrum Aorta, atelier Quadrat, TAUW and the Utrecht Municipality
- Adaptive Amsterdam, Dingeman Deijs Architects, Heren 5 architecten, Waternet and the Amsterdam Municipality
- KAdE Eindhoven, marco.broekman, Witteveen+Bos, Eindhoven Municipality, Waterschap De Dommel and Erfgoedhuis Eindhoven
In the repeated Open Call New Energy for the Landscape, the following four projects were selected:
- ENCI Energy Landscape – The Incompatible United, Rademacher de Vries Architecten, ENGIE and Stichting Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij ENCI-gebied
- Energy-filled Heritage, HofstraHeersche Landschapsarchitecten, Landgoed ‘t Medler and the Bronckhorst Municipality
- Over There By that Mill, v-eld, Remco Rolvink Spatial Strategies and Urgenda
- Above Ground: Research by Design into Solar Meadows in the Peatland Area, NOHNIK, Orch-ID, Kennis Transfer Centrum Zegveld and the Province of Utrecht
setting agendas and incentives
With these open calls and a knowledge pathway, specific issues in the areas of the energy transition and climate adaptation were put on the agenda. Multidisciplinary teams worked on area-specific design approaches for dealing with existing heritage structures. The Fund supervised the teams, initiated cooperative ventures and organized meetings to exchange knowledge and experiences and to present results.
The design programme ended in late 2018. The results of the two-year incentive programme and all supported projects were presented with the title KEER in collaboration with the Deltametropolis Association in an exhibition, and a film and publication that can be viewed below. The results and insights from the sixteen case studies were also shared with officials and administrators responsible for regional energy strategies [RES]. The insights that emerged were published in the From Low to High RES recommendation, which can be read below.
The Heritage and Space Design Programme was developed at the request of the Ministries of Infrastructure and Environment and Education, Culture and Science. The programme was part of the Visie Erfgoed en Ruimte [Heritage and Space Strategy], in which the Dutch government linked heritage challenges to other spatial challenges. Results of the design programme have been included in the National Strategy on Spatial Planning and the Environment. A total of €1.2 million was made available for the implementation of the programme by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
Image: Nieuwbouwwijk Noorderplassen-West with Zoneiland Almere. Collection Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, objectnr. 12468-39399. Maker: Siebe Swart, Collection Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, objectnr. TH-016.