APA Partners with the Netherlands

In March 2013, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the environmental ministry of the Kingdom of the Netherlands pledged closer cooperation on issues related to disaster mitigation, sustainable and integrated planning, and water management infrastructure.

For APA, trading water planning ideas with the Dutch goes back to Dutch Dialogues 2 in 2008. Since then, there have been symposiums, workshops, and meetings as well as books, magazine articles, National Planning Conference addresses, and an upcoming study tour in May 2013.

Read on for a snapshot of the APA–Dutch collaboration on issues of water and hazards.  


APA National Planning Conference 2012

Delta Urbanism Symposium

APA's 2010 National Planning Conference in New Orleans included a major component on Delta Urbanism, April 10-13, focusing on the growth, development, and management of cities in river deltas, with a spotlight on solutions for balancing various (and often competing) goals: urbanization, port development, industrial development, flood defense, public safety, ecological balance and ecosystem restoration, tourism, and recreation.

Netherlands Ambassador presents "Living with Water" keynote

Dutch Dialogues

Dutch Dialogue 3 – 2010 New Orleans

The first of the Dutch Dialogues was held in March 2008 and initiated a set of a multi-disciplinary, crosscultural interactions designed to explore if, where, and how Dutch approaches to water management, landscape architecture, flood protection, and urban design were relevant to New Orleans as it recovered from Hurricane Katrina.

Planning magazine article on Dutch Dialogues 3

Dutch Dialogues 3 – Press Release

Dutch Dialogues 2 – 2008 – New Orleans

Dutch Dialogues 2 was held in October 2008 and brought together 60 experts to jointly develop illustrative solutions and design approaches that could make New Orleans more flood-proof, sustainable, resilient, and attractive from both urban design and economic perspectives.

The second Dutch Dialogues spun off similar Dutch-American interactions in New York, Tampa Bay, San Francisco, and internationally in Taipei, Taiwan and Orangestad, Aruba. The resulting concepts and designs have been the topic of further study at Washington University in Saint Louis, University of Toronto, Tulane University, University of Virginia, University of New Orleans, Delft Technical University (The Netherlands), and Wageningen University (The Netherlands).

Delta Urbanism Symposium 2010

Delta Urbanism Plenary 2010

U.S./Dutch Green Building Seminar – November 2010

AquaTerra – APA at the World Forum on Delta and Coastal Development

Slidell Louisiana – Community Planning Assistance Team


How the Dutch Do It

Planning November 2005
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How the Dutch Do Housing

Planning February 2003
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Delta Urbanism: The Netherlands

Delta Urbanism explores the growth, development, and management of deltaic cities and regions, with the aim of balancing various goals in a sustainable manner.

Delta Urbanism: New Orleans

Delta Urbanism: New OrleansThis book traces the development of New Orleans from precolonial times to post-Katrina realities, in the context of the deltaic plain on which it lies


Dale Morris of the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C., and David Waggonner of Waggonner and Ball Architects based in New Orleans discuss the purpose and outcomes of the Dutch Dialogues series held in New Orleans

Podcast with Dale Morris of the Royal Netherlands Embassy, on Dutch Dialogues

Blog Posts

Blog: Lessons from International Water Week

Blog: Delta Urbanism and the Role of the Planning Profession

Learning Water Management from the Dutch

Day One: Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Day Two: Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Day Three: Thursday, November 11, 2010

Day Four: Friday, November 12, 2010

Days Five and Six: Saturday and Sunday, November 13-14, 2010

Other Resources

The Dutch Dialogues website

Dutch Dialogues


Delta Urbanism Series

Author Richard Campanella and Han Meyer discuss the first two books in the Delta Urbanism series Delta Urbanism: New Orleans and Delta Urbanism: Netherlands.