On March 24 + 25, students immersed themselves in the world of water engineering modeling. Because the Dutch have chosen to stay in the delta that is the Netherlands, they have intensively engineered their landscape for the past 1000 years. As global leaders in water engineering, they have created solutions all over the world for living and commerce in highly complex water situations, including coastal cities, river estuaries, commercial harbors.
Students had the rare chance to design for new recreational opportunities in a landscape where scaled versions of water systems of Rotterdam, Bangkok and Beirut now sprawl in a mature fores managed by the Natuurmonumenten. These constructions modeled systems of ocean tides, river discharge, wave complexity, and salt and sweet water mixing.
The Waterloopbos (“Forest of water courses”) was used until the 1980s when computer modeling replaced the function of physical models. Since then the trees have matured and models have fallen into direpair; industrial ruins aging in beautiful forest rooms.
For the Natuurmonumenten, students came up with plans and programs for new uses of the Waterloopbos and ideas for revenue streams to support the forest area. Working with Project Manager Nathalie Swinkels, Forest Manager Norbert Kwint, retired wave modeling engineer Lou Verhage, retired landscape architect Jan Wouter Bruggenkamp, and Hans Doodkorte, students toured the site then worked in teams, presenting to their Natuurmonumenten clients at the end of the day on Tuesday.
The work was used immediately. The Natuurmonumenten held a session on Wednesday with possible partners about coming up with ideas for visitor experience and revenue generation, The students’ ideas were used to generate discussion and possible project ideas.
You can view and download the students’ work from the link above or below:
Waterloopbos Project PDF (6.4 MB)