Gallery: Waterpleinen: Recreating Rain Reserviors as Dynamic Public Par...


For cities that are settled below sea level, dealing with copious amounts of rainfall year round can be a destructive challenge. But as the Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute predicts, Rotterdam has an even damper outlook – over the next century rainfall in the area is expected to increase by 5% with an increase in intensity of 10%. Rather than pouring heaps of money into expanding the sewer systems, officials have decided to turn to designers Florian Boer and Marco Vermeulen. In a project called “Waterpleinen” the pair have developed a much less costly and uncomplicated alternative that combines a vivid public space with a place for water collection!

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  2. DavidTLang December 7, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Very cool! I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about sharing and the commons. In order to solve big problems, it’s going to take people coming together and recognizing common problems, committing to work together, and coming up with a shared solution that engages everyone’s participation. Nice to see these kinds of projects taking shape…

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