Interdisciplinary Research Program – TUDelft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Out now: Journal of Delta Urbanism #2 – Longue Durée

JDU is a project by Delta Urbanism Research Group, Department of Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and DIMI Delft Deltas, Infrastructure and Mobility Initiative
Delft University of Technology

Chief Editors
Baukje Kothuis, Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin, Fransje Hooimeijer – Delft University of Technology.


Graphic Design
bruno, Venice (Italy)

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Publication Funding
TU Delft Delta, Infrastructure and Mobility Initiative

New approaches to combine flood protection, soil regeneration and water management with urban design, landscape architecture and spatial planning in delta regions require knowledge on the logic of the nature-culture relationship in time. The history of reciprocities or divides between design, engineering, science and governance in the operationalisation of natural forms and processes determine the current status of delta regions and their performance. Therefore, the understanding of the palimpsest of occupation, infrastructure, and the natural strata from past to present shall be at the basis of any spatial intervention seeking for a new balance between nature and culture. In the development of cities and regions, at any time, there is the concept of Longue Durée recognising the formative forces of nature and the relevance of historic concepts to consider
How can interdisciplinary approaches of design, engineering, science and governance respond to the environmental crisis and steer upon the Longue Durée of the delta?
This JDU #2 issue is taken Longue Durée as concept to collect and connect contributions on the analysis of continuity and fundamental characteristics that form the red threat in the history of urban development in deltas. This red thread, which is the natural system, gives insight into how civil engineering and urban design relate. Such knowledge is evermore needed when envisioning a socio-ecological resilient and climate-proof urban and territorial project.


Table of Contents



Fransje Hooimeijer, Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin, Baukje Kothuis

Longue Durée



Kenneth Frampton

Megaform as Urban Landscape


Fransje Hooimeijer, Dennis Lambert

Building with Nature: A nineteenth century concept



Baukje Kothuis, Luca Iuorio

Models over time: Waterloopbos and Mississippi River Basin


Fransje Hooimeijer

Deltaic Megaforms



Chris Zevenbergen, Carola Hein, Lars Marcus

Environmental crisis, sectoral versus integral: The agency of change


Simone Rots, Jacqueline Tellinga

Longue durée: Aided self-help and sites & services in the delta?



Garry Momber, Julie Satchell, Jan Gillespie, Brandon Mason, Jasmine Noble-Shelly

The value of historical and archaeological data in understanding patterns of long term coastal change


Inge Bobbink, Naeema Ali, María José Zúñiga

Spatial water calendar: An illustrative workbook for adaptive transformation



Antonia Sebastian



Kanako Iuchi