The replacement of hydraulic structures as a design task

  • 1 September, 2018
  • Wageningen University, Landscape Architecture
  • prof. dr ir A van den Brink
  • dr ir MJ van der VlistDr M Zandvoort

Many modern infrastructures are aging and degrading, leading to a loss of functionalities and hurting the cities, industry, agriculture, and ecology that depend on these infrastructures. Strategies for the renewal of infrastructure are necessary, but still scarce. Such strategies also need to incorporate the landscape, as landscape and infrastructure are closely related and can have transformational effects on each other. Nowhere does this become more apparent than in wet landscapes, where the water in the landscape and hydraulic infrastructure (e.g. dams weirs, and sluices) have become interwoven.
In our research we develop a framework called Infrascape, intended to help landscape architects, planners and engineers in the study and renewal of infrastructure landscapes. We use the framework to answer questions such as “How can we study the relationship between infrastructure and landscape?” and “How do we apply that knowledge in designing and engineering future-proof infrastructure landscapes?”.


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