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‘Re-open canals’

23 August 2007 - Heavy rainfall and the construction of the North/South metro line necessitate the re-opening of filled-in canals in Amsterdam, writes architect Leo Q. Onderwater in an opinion article in today’s NRC Handelsblad.

The idea to re-open canals is not new. Whereas most proponents want to restore the historic appearance of the city, Onderwater values the canals for their drainage capacity. A report published earlier this week stated that almost all cities have had problems coping with heavy rainfall.

According to Onderwater, the construction of Amsterdam’s new metro line affects the capacity of the soil to absorb water. Reopening the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, the Damrak, the Elandsgracht, the Palmgracht, the Lindengracht and the Westerstraat would increase the city’s capacity to deal with heavy rainfall.

He says that Medieval Dutch city planners constructed the canals not just for transportation purposes, but also as a means for responsible water management.

“The principle of the classical Dutch city with its canal belts and their connections was carefully designed and executed by our forefathers, but in the 20th century it was carelessly destroyed by filling in canals. Due to the enormous increase in rain water of the past years, we are now suffering the consequences”.

Illustration: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, before it was filled in. Woodcut by Christiaan le Blansch, 1885 (Wikipedia / Beeldbank)

 

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