Dijken - Start book

date: 13 Jun 2013
All information about the Dutch dikes described in one standard: DIJKEN is a new book by LOLA landscape architects. The project DIJKEN was launched this week with the opening of a Facebook project page. On this page, the progress of the project can be followed from start to release and beyond.

The Netherlands exists because of the dikes. What once started with individual mounds has developed into a known network of dikes, protecting the low lands from the water. Today, approximately 27 percent of the Netherlands is actually below sea level. The protective dikes not only keep our feet dry, they are much more than just barriers. The creators of the book want to display the versatility of the dikes and the extent to which they are interwoven with our history, culture and the landscape: the dikes as a liaison between city and countryside, the dike house as a living dream, the winding causeway as the ultimate bikers’ road trip through the lowlands.

Despite the importance of our history, economy, culture and nature our dikes have never been properly described and displayed as a whole. It is therefore time for an overview and a look to the future, in a new standard. DIJKEN will provide in a professional need from landscape, water management and cultural history, and can count on worldwide interest. The book is therefore released in two languages (NL/EN), and published in the autumn of 2014.

DIJKEN is compiled and written by LOLA landscape architects. Rijksdienst voor Cultureel Erfgoed (RCE), Deltares and Nieuw Hoogwaterbeschermingsprogramma (nHWBP) are partners of the project. State advisor for Landscape and Water Eric Luiten, former State advisor Yttje Feddes and journalist/writer Tracy Metz are the ambassadors of the book. Sponsors are Stimuleringsfonds voor de Creatieve Industrie, Dienst Landelijk Gebied (DLG), Deltaprogramma deelprogramma Veiligheid, Delta Atelier, Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier and Hoogheemraadschap Rijnland. Suppliers are TU Delft, Birds-eye-wiew.nl and Esri Netherlands. Rotterdam NAI010 is the publisher.
Dikes of the Netherlands
Brede Hilledijk
Charloisse Lagendijk
Ringdijk Ridderkerk
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