Ecoshape, 'Building with Nature', is a rapidly growing, innovative movement combining hydraulic engineering and ecology. It is a consortium that brings together government authorities, hydraulic engineering companies and research institutes with the aim of providing new, sustainable forms of hydraulic engineering.
Those solutions are more flexible and more adaptive, they provide space for more functions, and they sometimes actually cost less than traditional solutions focusing on primary functionality. That is strategically important for the Netherlands, where hydraulic engineering structures such as dikes are factors upon which the survival of our society depends. It is also an important development for Dutch business.
In the first phase (2008-2012), Ecoshape worked on the elaboration of the Building with Nature philosophy. Model projects such as the Sand Engine and the Houtribdijk are mainly located near the coast and lakes.
Building with Nature in the city is an ERDF project in Ecoshape's Building with Nature programme. It is subsidised by the European Union and implemented by Deltares and Witteveen+Bos.
EcoShape supports a wiki with guidelines for the application of Building with Nature solutions. This wiki contains the knowledge that the partners of EcoShape developed in the EcoShape projects. The wiki also contains additional information for the project Building with Nature in the city.
Building with Nature Wiki
For more information: www.ecoshape.nl
Deltares is an international and independent research institute where over 800 people work on sustainable solutions for issues affecting water and the subsurface. Deltares has been involved in the creation of many Building with Nature concepts and, by drawing on its coordinated disciplines, it can supply multifunctional solutions. Deltares is home to a wide range of experts with the capacity to comprehend systems in terms of ecology, hydrology and geology, and to develop the right response. In addition to innovation governance, ecological underpinning and design capabilities, Deltares can provide its facilities, such as one of the world's largest wave flumes, to validate the functionality of solutions for flood risk management.
For more information www.deltares.nl
Witteveen+Bos is an engineering consultancy with a workforce of more than 1000 that supplies services in the field of water, infrastructure, the environment and construction. It works primarily on complex projects. Witteveen+Bos implements BwN in projects for the Delta's Kust en rivieren sector and it focuses on knowledge and integration in the fields of risk management, nature, economic potential, habitability and sustainability. Witteveen+Bos has been an Ecoshape partner since the launch of the programme in 2008.
We are involved in projects in the Netherlands and internationally, we develop new knowledge and provide access to it, and we apply that knowledge in our regular projects. Witteveen+Bos was involved, for example, in the Sand Motor project, which involved establishing a sand bank on the Delfland coast. Natural currents will gradually spread the sand along the Dutch coastline. In addition to Building with Nature in the City, Witteveen+Bos is currently working on a project focusing on the restoration of mangroves off the coast of Java, Indonesia.
For more information www.witteveenbos.nl