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Enriching urban river landscapes: increasing spatial quality in flood risk management practice - the case of Stadsdijken Zwolle

Fielt, Julia (2022) Enriching urban river landscapes: increasing spatial quality in flood risk management practice - the case of Stadsdijken Zwolle. Master thesis.

Final thesis Julia Fielt 3206602 Increasing Spatial Quality in Flood Risk Management Practice.pdf

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A shift in flood risk management is taking place from a traditional approach to an integrated approach, including spatial quality. This shift is also called the spatial turn. An integrated flood risk management approach is necessary to create cities that are able to withstand or adapt to flooding. The Dutch flood protection program Hoogwaterbeschermingsprogramma has the task of strengthening 1500 kilometers of dikes and 500 sluices and mills by 2030 which also has great impact on the living environment. The College of State Advisors advised in their report of 2020 to not focus solely on water safety but on spatial quality as well. The Hoogwaterbeschermingsprogramma is a window of opportunity to create added value for society. Therefore, this paper discusses the concept of spatial quality and instruments used to increase spatial quality in flood risk management practice. The focus is on Stadsdijken Zwolle, a project with the task of strengthening 7,5 kilometers of dike through the city of Zwolle. An in-depth case study is performed to gain knowledge on the meaning-making process of spatial quality and instruments contributing to increasing spatial quality. Thereby this study aims to reduce the knowledge gap by providing insight into the current status of spatial quality in planning practice. Based on the analysis, four recommendations are established. First, it is crucial to concretize spatial quality specifically for the project and project area. Second, the role of the Quality Team can be strengthened by equipping them with legal power. Third, a larger scope can increase spatial quality. Fourth, more steering from the program-level, for example by a dual objective on water safety and spatial quality, incentivizes and supports improving spatial quality.

Item Type: Thesis (Master)
Degree programme: Environmental & Infrastructure Planning
Supervisor: Brink, M.A. van den and Restemeyer, B.
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2022 11:24
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2022 11:24

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