We’re experiencing increasingly extreme weather. Longer periods of drought are alternated by large amount of rain in a short period of time. During the dry periods, the city feels muggy and during heavy rainfall in combination with a lot of paving, tarmac and tiles, the sewerage can’t process the large quantity of water.
How can streets and neigbourhoods accommodate more extreme weather conditions, also in the future? And how can we make sure to have enough water during long periods of drought?
This makes the city more vulnerable which affects us all: civilians, companies and governments. That’s why government bodies, entrepreneurs and knowledge institutions are searching for new, practical and applicable solutions to make the city future resistant by limiting problems and damage caused by water and increasing the quality of life.
At The Green Village, they can test, improve and demonstrate their innovation in an environment exempt of standard rules and regulations. By doing so in an early stage, we can learn lessons faster and scale up to large-scale application.
At the Water Street, entrepreneurs, researchers and district managers work together to defeat flooding in the city due to the changing climate in the Netherlands.
The WaterStreet offers the opportunity to test, develop and demonstrate concepts and products. Think of solutions such as underground water reserves, smart rain barrels, and concrete blocks for rainwater drainage and buffering.
At the Heat Square, innovative entrepreneurs and researchers test, develop and demonstrate solutions related to heat stress and long-term drought.
They work on sustainable innovations which aim to tackle rising temperatures in the city and defeat long-term drought with the help of reusable water and buffering. One way of doing so is by making use of rainwater in times of extreme drought.
The Climate Quarter offers a place for knowledge institutions, businesses and government bodies to experiment, demonstrate and exchange knowledge in order to make Dutch buildings climate adaptive.
Dialogue and the development of new applications are welcomed to counter the results of climate change for buildings: inside and out, in the design as well as construction. Together we’re developing the building blocks for a climate adaptive neighbourhood.