Blueprint: lessons about the LIFE Urban Adapt sub-projects

April 25, 2021

For the sub-projects about tidal parks, there was a great deal of collaboration with partners such as ARK and the government. For the projects at ZoHo, residents and partners were the driving force behind the climate adaptive projects. What does and did the participatory approach of those subprojects look like? Who exactly were the stakeholders? How and when do you involve those stakeholders in the implementation of projects? In the Blueprint LIFE Urban Adapt you can read the lessons learned with these sub-projects. The blueprint distinguishes 5 phases that were followed within the sub-projects, the 'urban adapt' approach:

  1. Initiate
  2. Organization
  3. Design
  4. Anchoring and executing
  5. Scaling up
With this approach, compared to the traditional approach, there is more room for participation by stakeholders and residents. The blueprint examines what these phases look like for the sub-projects of LIFE Urban Adapt.

What roles are defined in the blueprint?

Step 1 and 2: initiate and organize

The role of an independent (external) party is essential to the process of ensuring that all stakeholders are heard and that they can provide their input on an equivalence basis. For the Heliport sub-project, this was, for example, the Tussentuin Foundation.

Step 3: design

The design process was a collaborative process. Where all stakeholders defined their ambitions and criteria. Scenarios were then developed and then a definitive design was chosen.

Step 4: decision and implementation

The final decision, technical design and implementation were the responsibility of the municipality. The main differences between the various sub-projects are the initiator (residents, partners, or municipality) and whether resistance led to the design process or occurred within the design process. This led to different ways in which phases, principles and roles were carried out.

What are the most important lessons?

The Urban Adapt approach shows that, even though the municipality bears the responsibility for the final decision, implementation and maintenance, the design of the public space can also be shaped with other stakeholders. This is possible if it is clear to all stakeholders from the start that the municipality has this responsibility and if the municipality remains involved in the design process. This also means that a conflict of interest can arise; because there is a dual role as stakeholder and decision maker. That is why it is important that an independent third party takes the lead in the design process. Although some hope that residents will take more responsibility because they are involved in the process. This is not apparent from the Urban Adapt projects. The redesign of the public space has led to awareness. But it does not mean that residents also take measures for their own home or garden. Urban Adapt's approach of opening up and jointly tackling the planning of public space leads to broader responsibility but also to a longer and more expensive planning process. But the nice conclusion is that the results are more integrated and also better supported.

Read the blueprint here.


Heliport is green!

December 15, 2020

The Heliport Green project is ready! The courtyard has been changed into a beautiful green, flowery and climate-resistant area.

Read more in the news item.


Work on the Vijverhofstraat sewer has started

October 30, 2020

Work on Vijverhofstraat has started. The sewage system will be replaced and a rainwater sewer and a water storage system will also be installed.


Construction of green inner courtyard Heliport has started

18 May 2020

May 18, 2020 is the construction of a green courtyard Heliport started. The site will not only be green make over, there will also be more leeway and water storage. The work will be combined with work already planned: the replacement of the sewer system in the district. The downspouts in the courtyard will also be disconnected from the sewerage system, as part of a climate-proof neighborhood.



First floating homes in Nassauhaven

April 15, 2020

April 15, six Havenlofts were placed in the Nassauhaven. These are the first six water houses of the eighteen that will be located in the Nassauhaven in total this year. The sustainable, floating homes in the port are extra special because they move with the ebb and flow.

Read more in the news item.

Photo: Hielke Grootendorst


TIDES PARK: Nassauhaven shore ready

3 July 2019

The Nassauhaven is transformed into a place with floating houses and a nature-friendly bank. The bank will be completed on 3 July and the mooring posts will be driven for eighteen Havenlofts. This festive moment is celebrated with residents from the neighborhood and the future residents of the Havenlofts.

Read more in the news item.


Last plants natural shore Nassauhaven

April 24, 2019

At the beginning of this summer, the last plants will be planted in the naturally friendly bank. The previously placed planting was applied in 2018 on the part between the two bridges. All plants that can withstand the effects of ebb and flow and brackish water. Under the supervision of the municipal urban ecologist, it has been found that these plants are successful.


Last planting Nassauhaven

April 24, 2019

In the summer of 2019, the last plants will be planned on the naturally-friendly bank in the Nassauhaven. The previously placed planting was applied in 2018 to the area between the two
bridges. All plants that can withstand the effects of ebb and flow and brackish water. Under the supervision of the municipal urban ecologist, it has been found that these plants are successful


Cooperation ZoHo

December 7, 2018

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TIDES PARK: The eel is back!

11 August 2018

The water in the Nassauhaven is regularly monitored. Both young and old eels were found. That means they feel at home in Nassauhaven. This will soon be even better when the stony bank has been transformed into a green oasis of bank and water plants, where glass eels and eels find food and shelter. The Nassauhaven now and soon offers them a safe and pleasant home port.


New plants in the Nassauhaven tidal park

June 1, 2018

New plants have been placed on the bank between the two bridges. It concerns the following plants: striped white bulb, whole leaves, back or sea rush, mat rush, yellow iris, water mint, rough and real cuckoo flower. All plants that can withstand the effects of ebb and flow and brackish water.


ZOHO: the rain garden works!

April 16, 2018

The rain garden is a green oasis in a stony area. In order to relieve the sewerage system in this densely built-up area, rainwater is collected in the rain garden and discharged with a delay. The rainwater that falls in the garden and on the roof of the Hofbogen is collected in a recessed area in the garden, creating a temporary pond. Thanks to the greenery, the water can then slowly sink into the ground. Part of the rain from the Hofbogen roof is also collected in smart rain barrels in the form of the letters ZOHO. The water in the rain barrels is released to the garden with a delay in dry times.

In this movie shows how the rainwater is led from the roof of the Hofbogen to the Regentuin.


Installation interactive SMART rain barrels ZoHo

28 February 2018

The contribute to the solution for heavy rain showers. They are a rainwater buffer and a billboard for the neighborhood in one. The rainwater from the roof of the Hofbogen is led to the Zohoregetters (designed by Studio Bas Sala) and does not end up in the sewer. The smart system in the letters looks at the weather forecast via the internet. If a heavy shower is approaching, the letters release water into the surrounding garden and thus create buffer capacity for the coming rain shower. In this way we relieve the sewage system. Read more on Bas Sala's website.

Afbeelding van Studio Bas Sala

Image of Studio Bas Sala


Start construction tidal bank Nassauhaven

January 15, 2018

At the beginning of January, dredging work to deepen the port started in the Nassauhaven. These activities are necessary to lay a stable underlay (stability bed) for the nature-friendly bank in the first phase. Work on the quay to start in April and May. On the side of the Nassauhaven where the floating homes will be built, Stedin and Evides will start installing cables and pipelines.


ZOHO: smart rain barrels have been installed

11 January 2018

The ZOHO rain barrels have been installed! The rainwater from the roof of the Hofbogen is led to the letters and does not end up in the sewer. The smart system in the letters looks at the weather forecast via the internet. When a heavy shower is approaching, it releases its water into the surrounding garden and creates buffer capacity for the coming rain shower. During long periods of drought, it retains water to provide the surrounding greenery with water.


Declaration of Intent Getijdenpark

March 16, 2016


ZoHo collaboration recorded in words and images

January 30, 2016

How do you go from policy plan, via ideas and plans to physical realization with a wide range of stakeholders.
View this inspiring and personal visual document.