ABOUT

On the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the New Waterway (Nieuwe Waterweg), the LDE PortCityFutures Center explores the past, present and future of this channel that links Rotterdam to the North Sea. It explores questions of shipping, dredging, and planning in the context of the Dutch delta and links it to ongoing debates on the environmental, spatial, and societal conditions of shipping channels internationally. 

Canals, and other man-made interventions, have supported maritime traffic and port development for many centuries. Radical transformations of these shipping landscapes through land reclamation, diking and canalisation have been praised and celebrated as Herculean works of progress and modernity. Today, they are the scene of increasing tension between economic growth and associated infrastructural interventions focused on the quality, sustainability and resilience of natural systems, spatial settlement patterns and urban societies.

Channels and the landscapes that host them require radical reorganization of land use in their vicinity and of associated infrastructure to address (1) the globally recognized need for an energy transition, to mitigate and adapt to climate change and (2) to enhance the sustainability and resilience of the natural and societal systems of these regions, with the goal creating safer cities and richer ecosystems. Future strategies need to be based on broad public debate and support.  

The symposium brings together a diverse group of international and local academics and professionals to discuss initiatives and possibilities for shipping channels and port cities, the challenges and implications for water management, spatial planning and design, and public participation. It sets the stage for much-needed interventions in water-related planning and management worldwide.

Related to the symposium, two side events will be organized:  

1. Presentations and discussions related to the call for papers by the Journal of Urban Planning: Global Shipping Channels (proposal to be launched September 2022) on October 12 (https://www.cogitatiopress.com/urbanplanning/pages/view/nextissues#ShippingCanals), 

2. A seminar by PBL, CAUPD and TNC on River Basins and Deltas, on October 11 & 12 (link to the session soon).

 
150 Year New Waterway International Symposium
13 okt. 09:00 – 15 okt. 15:00
Rotterdam,
3e Katendrechtse Hoofd 25, 3072 AM Rotterdam, Pays-Bas
 

SCHEDULE OF THE EVENT

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13

09:00 – 09:30

Morning Coffee

COFFEE

09:30 – 10:10

OPENING

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  • Carola Hein or Paul van de Laar - Welcome and introduction on behalf of the LDE PortCityFutures Center

  • Peter Glas, Delta Commissioner (TBC) 

  • Opening Pitch: Han Meyer - We need to consider port cities in the context of a long-term evolution and their regional imbedding, the Waterway as part of a larger economic, ecological system 

10:10  - 10:30

COFFEE

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Coffee break

10:30 – 12:30

150 YEARS NIEUWE WATERWEG – 150 YEARS PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE

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New Waterway in the North Sea Basin: Building the Foundation for Rotterdam Predominance (Mapping, methodology… )

  • Hilde Sennema (PhD cand., EUR): Setting the stage: Caland and dredging? Pride of Rotterdam (narrative perspective)

  • Jana Cox (PhD cand., Utrecht University.) - Rotterdam is digging its own extinction.

  • Esther Blom (ARK Natuurontwikkeling):  The river mouth as an essential part of a the worldwide ecosystem


Discussion Chair: Paul van de Laar (EUR)

  • Frank van Oort (Erasmus) The economic perspective

  • Pieter Jacobs and/or Pim Neefjes (Rijkswaterstaat)  River system as a whole, ministerial, governance comparative perspective of dredging

  • Carline Borest (Port of Rotterdam) Strategies of the Port of Rotterdam for the Future


Discussion Chair: Fransje Hooimeijer (Assoc.Prof.TUD)

12:30 – 13:30

LUNCH

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Lunch Time

13:30 – 14:30

SHIP CHANNELS: CONSEQUENCES FOR SOCIETY AND ENVIRONMENT: THE CASE OF HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL

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  • Paul Hudson (Leiden University College)—Floodplain management on the Gulf Coast, New Orleans, (Louisian, Mississippi) Mobile, Houston Ship Channel 

  • Dominic Boyer (Rice University, US): Anthropology of Energy and Environment in the Houston Ship Channel  

  • Baukje Kothuis (Netherlands Business Support Office Houston) Compare and contrast: Houston/Rotterdam


Discussion Chair: Maurice Jansen (UPT, Erasmus University)

14:30 – 15:00

COFFEE

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Coffee Break

15:00-16:00

PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF SHIPPING CHANNELS

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  • Cornelia Redeker (UMA) – The Suez Canal: Global powers, local consequence

  • Ashley Carse (Un.N-Carolina) - The Big Ditch: Social and ecological implications of the Panama Canal

  • Francesco Musco (IUAV) – History and future of Venice and its lagoon

  • Joshua Lewis (Tulane Un) and Henrik Ernstson (KTH, Royal Institute of Technology) )– Mississippi River Ship Channel deepening: ­New Horizons for Dredging Research


Discussion Chair: Arjan Conijn (Waternet)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14

09:00 – 09:30

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Morning Coffee

COFFEE

9:30-10:30

A NEW BALANCE OF ECONOMY AND ECOLOGY

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  • Opening Pitch: Sabine Luning: Critical Thoughts on Vertical Urbanism 

  • Andrew Littlejohn (Un.Leiden) - Climate Citizenship: Infrastructures, Environments, and Democracy in the Era of Climate Change.

  • Patrick Meire (Un. Antwerp) – Rethinking the Delta:  Port development in a vulnerable ecosystem – the case of Antwerp

  • Qing He (State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, ECNU), Shanghai: Yangtze River and Dredging

Discussion: Han Meyer (TUD) 

10:30-11:00

COFFEE

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Coffee Break

11:00-12:00

IMPLICATIONS FOR PLANNING AND DESIGN

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  • Steffen Nijhuis (TUD), SUN Yimin (SCUT) – Pearl River Delta: How to make a mega port city sustainable.

  • Derk Hoeferlin (Assoc.prof. Wash.Un.) – Way Beyond Bigness: The Need for a Watershed Architecture across the Mekong, Mississippi and Rhine River Basins

  • Paul Gerretsen (Delta Metropolis) – Next generation logistics and the New Waterway


Discussion Chair: Marcel Hertogh DIMI/TUD  TBC

12:00 – 13:00

LUNCH

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Lunch Time

13:00 – 14:30

MAKING PORT CITIES OF THE FUTURE

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  • Renée Rotmans (Port of R’dam) - Changing port landscapes and the human factor

  • Peter Veenstra (EUR)  IABR

  • Carola Hein - The role of history and cultural heritage in making the port of the future

  • Paul van de Laar: Shifting the Narrative 


Discussion Chair: Francesca Savoldi (TUD)

14:30 – 15:30

ROUNDTABLE: IMPLICATIONS FOR PORT ECONOMICS AND ENERGY TRANSITIONS

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Closing: Francesco Veenstra, Rijksbouwmeester , Derk Loorbach (EUR) TBC

15:30-16:30

PANEL DISCUSSION

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Discussion and questions with what was produced in the Miro Board

16:30

CONCLUSION

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Concluding session of the event

SATURDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 15

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Tour of the port and the city of Rotterdam. More details soon.

FIELD TRIP

SATURDAY AFTERNOON, OCTOBER 15

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Final closing session of the Symposium.

CLOSING EVENT ‘150 YEARS NEW WATERWAY’

CONTACT

For more information on the Symposium, feel free to contact us at s.j.hauser@tudelft.nl