For centuries the Netherlands have proven themselves masters of water management. They have to be: otherwise the Lowlands would have disappeared under the waves long ago. Now, under pressure of the changing climate, ‘the Dutch approach’ is changing. Rather than building higher and higher dikes and pumping harder and harder, the Dutch are now redesigning cities and the countryside to let the water in. In Sweet&Salt: Water and the Dutch, Tracy Metz tells how engineers, urban designers and landscape architects are now working together to create new environments that are resilient, more liveable and more attractive.
Tracy Metz, a native of California, is a journalist and author based in the Netherlands. She writes about urban issues and has a monthly live talkshow in Amsterdam called Stadsleven (‘City Life’). She is also the director of the John Adams Institute, an independent foundation that brings the best and brightest of American culture to the Netherlands. She is an international correspondent for the American magazine Architectural Record and was a visiting fellow at Harvard after her year as a Loeb Fellow at the university’s Graduate School of Design. She is the author of a number of books, of which the most recent is Sweet&Salt: Water and the Dutch, about the ‘extreme makeover’ of the Dutch landscape to accommodate a new, more natural relationship to water in times of climate change.
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