The Netherlands has a centuries long tradition of reclaiming land. In the last century it reached a peak in size with the land reclamation of the IJsselmeerpolders, made possible by the new technical possibilities of that time. The Noordoostpolder, one of the IJsselmeerpolders, is a unique example of a fully designed agricultural production landscape of the 20th century. It is the first Dutch polder in which the layout was planned as an integral task, involving all its agricultural, urban and landscape elements at once, while reflecting the state of the art in design, science and engineering. This contribution presents a landscape planning approach for the preservation and development of 20th century polders as cultural heritage landscapes. It introduces an approach that can be characterised as ‘preservation through planning’ and appropriates integral spatial development with historical landscape structures as a basis. The paper also briefly elaborates a critical way of understanding the coherence and variation of modern landscapes such as the Noordoostpolder, providing clues for spatial planning through systematic delineation and the identification of spatial design principles.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDistinctive and Attractive Utilzation for Conservation of Modern Industrial Heritage
Subtitle of host publicationContemporary Subjects in Germany, The Netherlands, Singapore, China and Japan
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventDistinctive and Attractive Utilzation for Conservation of Modern Industrial Heritage: Contemporary Subjects in Germany, The Netherlands, Singapore, China and Japan - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 4 Mar 20175 Mar 2017

Conference

ConferenceDistinctive and Attractive Utilzation for Conservation of Modern Industrial Heritage: Contemporary Subjects in Germany, The Netherlands, Singapore, China and Japan
CountryJapan
CityTokyo
Period4/03/175/03/17

    Research areas

  • Land reclamation, Protection through planning, Landscape planning, Industrial agricultural landscape, Noordoostpolder, Heritage landscape

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