The sinking land to the North of Amsterdam


Thematic route link
The circular city

Sinking peatlands are a widespread phenomenon that becomes increasingly problematic, with damage of infrastructure, large emission of CO2, local flooding and possible salinization. To reduce further sinking of the land, a major transition is required. Farmers, other inhabitants of the rural-urban fringe, and water and nature organizations aim to co-generate solutions by which addressing the issue of sinking land leads to strengthened relationships with the city, as part of a philosophy of circularity. The atelier team will design future landscapes with wet agriculture systems, as part of overall land and water management, to explore different views and wishes concerning for instance farm management, spatial quality, recreation and meadow birds, to inspire discussions about future developments of the area.

Questions in this project involve the following:

  • Who are relevant stakeholders when it concerns developing wet agriculture systems?
  • To what extent can wet agriculture systems contribute to other land uses and landscape qualities?
  • Which areas are best suited for wet agriculture systems?
  • What are the conditions for feasible and inclusive wet agriculture farm management?

The outcome of this project is expected to provide input for pilot projects in which farmers/entrepeneurs will test wet agriculture systems that enhance landscape qualities.

Atelier MSc students team


Lianne Klein Lankhorst is a MSc landscape architecture student at Wageningen University, where I also received my BSc in landscape architecture. I have a special interest in ecosystem restoration and climate change adaptation. This project about changing the land use of peatland will also be relevant for my internship about peatland restoration in Kalimantan next spring.

Adriaan Bicker is a first year master student Landscape Architecture at the Wageningen University. Before he started my master I have studied Landscape Architecture at Van Hall Larenstein a university of applied sciences. For this study I have written a thesis about sustainable water management in the east of the Netherlands, with the focus on the combination of farmers with nature. I am particularly interested in making sustainable regional designs whereby many stakeholders benefit.

Lise Smits is a 27-year old student at Wageningen University, doing the Master of Landscape architecture. She has previously finished the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in Wageningen as well, after doing a Bachelor programme in Fine Arts at the HKU art academy in Utrecht. She has a passion for design practices that incorporate building with nature and ecological design, as well as circular landscapes and energy transitions.

Fangyi Zheng is a first year international student in Wageningen University, specializing in master landscape architecture. I finished my Bachelor of landscape architecture in China. After graduation I did an internship for 5 months focusing on heritage preservation and village revitalization. I am interested in social aspect such as local economic and cultural heritage. Besides,personally I really appreciate dutch designers combining technical thinking with landscape aesthetics.

Wouter de Klerk is a Master student in spatial planning with bachelor degree in spatial planning.

Background reading

The Atelier team can build on different studies and projects concerning sinking peatlands and possible solutions; both desktop studies of agricultural developments and soil subsidence at different scales, and concrete pilot projects on wet agriculture systems.

Ruimtelijke Perspectieven Laag Holland, ontwerpend onderzoek naar de relatie tussen veenbehoud en landbouw