Thirsty Cities | Water cisterns and spring water in the Netherlands
A unique type of water cistern and waterfilter was built in 1908 as a part of a model farm at the Veluwe, a nature area on the push moraine in the east of the Netherlands. Water cisterns or waterkelders for rainwater harvesting were quite common in the Netherlands before the introduction of piped water. But this water cistern was fed by water from so called sprengen. A combination of natural and man made artificial springs and brooks.
Circular Water Stories
The research project Circular Water Stories explores what we can learn from historical water systems in terms of the interaction and engagement between people & water, when building resilient and valuable waterscapes for the future. The project is funded by NWO / KIEM.
Adaptive Strategies for Water Heritage Publication | Coming soon July 2019!
Springer will publish this publication open acces. I contributed a chapter on Thirsty Cities. Focusing on the development of freshwater supply in Dutch cities. Interestingly urban industries such as beer breweries, tanneries and textile bleachers pushed the development of water supply to a great extent and subsequently the formation of Dutch nature conservation areas of today.
Bali tourism water abstraction / Subak system
For my Thirsty Cities research I joined a Subak and bird walk with Wayan Sumadi. It turns out that the Subak system and it's farmers that manage and support it suffer greatly from periods of unprecedented drought. The water stress is amplified due to extreme water abstraction for the tourism industry.
Fashion Village Bandung
How to create healthy live and work environments for the fashion producing communities in Bandung, Indonesia's number one textile producing city?