How the Dutch Dolt

Knack, Ruth
November 2005
Planning;Nov2005, Vol. 71 Issue 10, p12
Trade Publication
During a two-day conference at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois, the organizers added a panel titled "New Orleans and the Netherlands--Living Below Sea Level." In a small country, where 26.7 percent of the land, including the most economically important parts, is below sea level, flood control is a national obsession. The Dutch speakers stressed that Holland is nothing if not prepared. But Dico van Ooijen, senior adviser for dikes and dams for the Netherlands Ministry of Transport, Public Works, and Water Management, described a shift from a reliance on engineering solutions such as huge storm surge barriers and ever taller dikes to regulatory solutions such as housing on stilts.


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