Flowing Force

The rivierdelta as one contiguous nature area shaped by wind and water

Flowing Force is a ‘cultural design’ for the Dutch Delta, which aims to make stakeholders rethink their approach to assignments in this field. The project takes the DNA of the delta as starting point for spacial designs. It shows how natural forces can do the job for us and result in a more robust, rich and dynamic river-landscape.

Date: 1 August 2017
Awards: Flowing Force received an honorable mention during Archiprix NL 2018
Project details: Master thesis Academie van Bouwkunst Amsterdam, 2016/2017.
Commissionmembers: Bruno Vermeersch, Eric-Jan Pleijster, Eric Frijters
External members: Jana Crepon, Hank van Tilborg
Online publication: View the link

A transistion in our Delta-Design approach

I believe the only way to combine the different topics this region has to deal with in times of climate change is by creating more appreciation for natural dynamics that have shaped our county over time. Flowing Force shows how to turn the ambition for ‘living rivers’ into practice by starting locally, at three hot-spots.


Three types of interventions

The ingrediënts for a rich and dynamic delta consist out of three components:

  1. strategic interventions, linked to ongoing assignments concerning functional topics like water-safety and navigation.
  2. ‘land-scapers’, a toolbox of small interventions activating natural forces, contributing to biodiversity and human exploration.
  3. Improvement of accessibility on specific locations so passers-by can experience flowing forces, without disturbing the peace.

Toolbox of ‘land-shapers’

The Toolbox of Land-shapers consists out of a series of small interventions that can have long term effects on the landscape by strategic implementation.

These design interventions accelerate natural forces like blowing wind, flowing water or rising currents and reshape a landscape over time. The  implementations are simple designs, consisting out of sticks and tree trunks, and they facilitate new forms of recreation at te same time.

For example an Underwater forest, where dead trees are being anchored underwater. It creates a new biotope for marine life and forms a bio diverse reef for diving recreation. Or a mountain bike trail, where the hurdles are creating river dunes, because of their specific position towards the wind.