“Polder-Geist: Dutch Responses to Rising Sea Levels and Sinking Cities in the Netherlands, the United States and Asia”

Wednesday, Nov. 14, noon–1:30 p.m.
Dauer 215
Livestream link: https://mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/a626ac3a75c848419707e598773c73f21d

Coastal cities around the world are already contending with the effects of sea-level rise. For many, the problems are exacerbated by subsidence. Cities are sinking and seas are rising. Hundreds of millions of people will be affected. Enter the Netherlands. Building on proud traditions of coastal defense, land reclamation and water management, the Dutch avidly pursue what they call their “international water ambition.” In New York, Miami, Houston, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Dhaka and many more, you will find the Dutch government and Dutch engineering and design companies promoting the Dutch approach. Dutch design slogans capture the range of their ambition: Rebuild by Design, Building with Nature, the Blue Revolution, the Floating City, Room for the River. The Dutch are intent on turning problems into opportunities. This workshop will explore the intercultural aspects of the Dutch international water ambition in several case studies.

With Terry Harpold (UF Dept. of English), Angela Lindner (UF College of Environmental Engineering Sciences), Chris Silver (UF College of Design, Construction & Planning) and Les Thiele (Dept. of Political Science).

The Global-Cultural Sustainability Symposia are supported by the Waldo W. Neikirk Fund, the University of Florida International Center, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies and Imagining Climate Change.