Light has long been seen as a positive force in our environment. Artificial light allowed us to overcome nature’s darkness. It is Enlightenment in its most concrete form. Light represents economic activity: Factory workers in brightly lit production facilities during the night shifts, office workers burning the midnight oil, greenhouses that illuminate the cloud cover […]
In architecture, a folly is a building constructed primarily for decoration, but suggesting through its appearance some other purpose, or of such extravagant appearance that it transcends the range of garden ornaments usually associated with the class of buildings to which it belongs. source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folly
This system of importing, intensive domestic production, high-value processing, handling and transshipment has been almost perfected in The Netherlands. Speed is of the essence, so these industries are located along infrastructural networks.
Review Flourishing Foodscapes – Han Wiskerke & Saline Verhoeven The resident of a house without a refrigerator has little need for a supermarket chain that sells cartons of imported milk. Residents of poorer neighborhoods of Dar es Salaam therefore share the cooling of dukas. These neighborhood shops with extended opening hours therefore play an important […]
A transparent food chain is the foundation for a beautiful rural area. Based on this belief, Peter Hermens and Klasien van de Zandschulp are the initiators of HalloBoer. HalloBoer! is a website that literally puts farmers and products on the map.
Temporary use prepares the site for a new future.
Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby
Almost everyone in Enschede knows someone who has worked in the Van Heek factories or at the Polaroid. The site is part of the collective memory of the city. The buildings play a role in this, but the true value of this heritage lies in the stories of entrepreneurship and hard work. Enschede’s textile industry […]
The sci-fi rom-com ‘Her’ by Spike Jonze shows a world in which technology functions so well that it becomes virtually invisible. In this future we see no cars and the phone – a beautiful small pocket book – rarely appears. The vast majority is controlled by artificial intelligence. All other communication between technology and its […]
Something special is going on in Eerbeek: The paper industry is a source of excessive energy, but this remains largely unused. So far, only Coldenhove swimming pool is heated and a pilot project will supply houses with locally sourced gas. A quick win can be achieved by tax-exempting water purification. This will make the paper […]
The Twentekanaal runs from Zutphen to Enschede, with a branch off to Delden at Almelo. The canal connects the cities of Twente to the national network of waterways. Several industrial locations are located along the route. The Lochem canal zone is one of them. Ever since its realization in the 1930s, the Twentekanaal has been […]
The area between the the IJsseldijk and the line Apeldoorn-Epe-Zwolle is an exception in the region. The landscape is open and of a large scale, which contrasts to the dense wilderness of the Veluwe and the small-scale landscapes around Deventer and Lochem. Large farms in this area will inevitably grow bigger. Vacancies at smaller farms […]
Like many places in the Netherlands, the Stedendriehoek is facing a major restructuring of its housing stock. Tens of thousands of homes built between 1965 and 1980 need renovation in the coming fifteen years. A central heating network is a better investment than post-insulation of cavity walls and roofs. To this end, Apeldoorn will create […]
Stedendriehoek has an active social life. In the cities, but especially in the villages. In Bathmen, 30% of the residents are members of the sports club ABS. This large grassroots network of the sports club can scale up into an energy club. A process that starts with a charity run to raise awareness is continued […]
Stedendriehoek has many holiday resorts. In particular, the concentrations on the Veluwezoom and around Lochem stand out. These resorts function as isolated companies, despite their proximity. Can that be done differently? In a not too distant future guests expect a network of electric mobility offering a smooth ride from their homes to the resorts. Electric […]
Each village and every landscape in the Stedendriehoek has its own character. All can contribute to the desired regional energy neutrality of the region.
For the first time in history, over half the world’s population lives in urban areas. Opportunities offered by cities appeal and attract people. The countryside, however, is rapidly developing as well. More than ever it has become a place of residence and employment. It accommodates both the urban excess and evolution according to its own […]
In 1929, Richard Clyde Perky constructed this tower in Sugarloaf Key hoping that bats would eat malaria-spreading mosquitoes in Key West. Unfortunately, the bats soon left the tower. Two comparable ‘hygiostatic’ towers by ecologist Charles Campbell, meanwhile, are currently in use as bat nurseries.
Since 1923, The Piushaven connects the center of Tilburg with Eindhoven, Antwerp and the Randstad, via the Wilhelminakanaal. The port has been used extensively in the first years to bring sand, grid and coal into the city. The harbor’s importance decreased in the sixties with the rise of road transport, the construction of the national […]
In the belle époque of the nineteenth century, people wanted to show their wealth. A beautiful estate was often accompanied by a building to house exotic birds. Along ponds special duck houses were constructed. Some of those are now listed as national heritage.
Coldenhove swimming pool has been using the residual heat from the nearby paper mill for decades.
Every year, Industriewater Eerbeek (IWE) receives 4 million liters of hot water from the paper mills.
Sediment flows can be converted into bio-based structures off the coast: they become basins that retain water between the tides. The water flowing in and out drives turbines to generate energy.
Tidal energy is a commercially promising form of energy from the ocean. The technology – similar in operation to wind turbines – is advanced, but has only modest power generation so far. Great Britain has big plans and has invested millions in recent years, particularly in Scotland. Dutch companies see tidal energy as an important […]
Years of dredging the shipping lane to Antwerp, has made the canals in the Westerschelde deeper. This has increased the flow rate of the water while the estuary’s storage capacity diminished. Coastal defense and biodiversity suffer from the strong currents in the Westerschelde. Extensive deepening and widening of the navigation channel reinforce this. The ecology […]