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Eurodelta 2030 - 2100

In the framework of an agreement between the Netherlands and Flanders, Ruimte Vlaanderen, the Flemish Government Architect’s Team, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment and the Dutch State Advisory Board decided to launch the collective study entitled ‘Eurodelta 2030-2100’. The research team is made up of Architecture Workroom Brussels, FAA/XDGA, Alterra WUR, WEST 8, POP/Jelte Boeijenga, Technum and IABR/UP. This team has been commissioned, from November 2014 until the end of 2015, to examine what the relevant issues and possibilities are for Flanders and the Netherlands within the broad perspective of the period from 2030 to 2100. And this in the spatial context of the non-central urbanised delta region of Rhine, Maas and Scheldt: the Eurodelta.

AWB; XDGA; FAA; West8

Various geographers, city historians, statisticians, ecologists, designers and economists have on several occasions recognised and written about the Eurodelta as a single system. This delta region is the urban, ecological and socio-economic entity within which a specific internal dynamic can be observed and through which both Flanders and the Netherlands could position itself in Europe and the world. The operative word here is ‘could’, since the Eurodelta has still not become a recognisable reality or collective project that occupies the minds of its inhabitants. No powerful narrative of development has yet been written that couples urgency with potential and is able to convince and mobilise the necessary actors. For this reason, the consortium proposes organising the study as a test-bed: a workshop in which policy-makers, academics and leading figures, inspired by proactive design dynamism, together write an attractive development narrative for the Eurodelta Metropolis.

It is clear that since 1830 Flanders and the Netherlands have developed and applied diametrically opposite philosophies of spatial planning and guidance. Whereas in the Netherlands the collective organisation of space has always been a necessity (being a country below sea level), in Flanders it is only recently that the urgency of and support for a more proactive and directive spatial policy has emerged. So this study comes at a time when Dutch practices and policy are looking for inspiration abroad for a planning system that is able to make maximum use of the ‘dynamic society’; and, vice versa, Flanders is examining how to develop the directive power to introduce a new balance into the private benefits and societal costs of spatial development, using a adapted range of tools.

The consortium is employing the working hypothesis that the two opposite forms of planning are currently in search of a new middle ground. In this regard there will be a constant study and discussion of ‘what’ the possible future might be, and ‘how’ it can be achieved. By in each case exploring the directions of development (content / image of the future / target concept) and the policy type (philosophy of guidance / development logic / etc.), this study will where possible fuel simultaneous reorientation in the spatial domain in Flanders and the Netherlands. In this way it can build not only on the intentions, but also on a prospect of action in the period leading up to 2100.

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With structural support from the Flemish government and regular support from the Brussels capital region and other regional and local governments.