In this episode, we are talking about how the Netherlands can learn from other countries, particularly in the context of living on and around water, such as in Nigeria (Makoko). We will be discussing floating neighbourhoods and, in a broader sense, the changing relationship between humans and water. Come and join us on December 19th!
Location: SustainaLab, Matrix ONE, Amsterdam Science Park 301
Date: Tuesday December 19th, 12.00-14.00h (including warm buffet lunch at 13.30h)
The VPRO Tegenlicht edition of December 2023 – ‘Expedition Better Netherlands’
On December 19, we will be discussing floating neighbourhoods and, in a broader sense, the changing relationship between humans and water. See below for a brief description of the broadcast’s perspective.
In Nigeria, director Clarice Gargard goes to Makoko, a floating slum on the outskirts of the capital Lagos. The metropolis serves as the beating heart of West Africa. It is a place most people in Lagos pass by, an illegal district that local authorities would prefer to erase. Architect Kunlé Adeyemi sees something special in that district, and in how people there live on and with the water. Something we can learn from – along with many other residents of river deltas and coastal cities. Is it possible to have a different relationship with water than controlling it or turning our backs on it? Could we not learn to live much more with and on the water? It inspired Adeyemi to his project Water Cities – designing and building affordable, sustainable, and locally constructed homes and neighborhoods that float on the water.
See here for more info about the design: Waterstad Rotterdam
VPRO Tegenlicht documentary director/creator: To be anounced…
Policy advisor, Dutch Water Authorities: Piebe Hoeksma
We start the meet-up with a conversation about the production process of this episode. Following that, we’ll talk with professor’s of the UvA and different experts working in the field of Urban management, Water Management or Architecture. There will also be plenty of time for you to ask questions and participate in the conversation. At the end of the event, a warm vegetarian lunch will be served.
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There will be plenty of room for sharing your questions and insights. So join us on Tuesday December 19, 1200-1400h (including warm vegan buffet lunch at 1330).
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