Building with Nature | Creating and Living With Nature-based Solutions

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Building with Nature: Creating, Implementing, and Upscaling Nature-Based Solutions (nai010 publishers, 2020) is the fruit of a collaboration between One Architecture and EcoShape.

The book describes and illustrates how Building with Nature offers a proven, innovative approach harnesses natural forces to create sustainable flood protection and cultivate resilient, ecologically rich living and working environments. The book introduces Building with Nature methodologies and outcomes. Dialogues with experts and stakeholders show there is an urgent and compelling case for further implementation.   

Half of the world’s population lives and works in deltas. This is expected to be 70 percent by 2050. These areas are under great pressure due to climate change and sea-level rise. Coastal erosion, loss of biodiversity and more frequent flooding are an increasing threat.

Building with Nature is a proven, innovative approach to realize water-related Nature-based Solutions for societal challenges. This approach utilizes the forces of nature and strengthens the opportunities for nature development, creating added value for the environment, economy and society.

One Architecture (ONE) was founded in Amsterdam in 1995 and quickly developed a core competency for multi-actor scenario-based planning with a primary client base of governments, institutions, and NGOs. In 2015, the New York office of One Architecture & Urbanism was established to focus on resilience and climate-adaptation planning and design, from early stage studies and project identification to detailed design for implementation. The American practice works exclusively on public sector and development sector projects, using design as a driver for multi-disciplinary integration. In addition to the primary offices in Amsterdam and New York City, ONE has satellites in Boston, Houston, and Shenzhen.

ONE has been a leader in climate adaptation and resilience globally through work on projects in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. ONE’s work aims to connect adaptive coastal strategies with Nature-based Solutions, climate proof ecologies, and community priorities. Beyond design-driven, implementable schemes for adaptation, the firm has created frameworks for long-term social and economic resilience through a commitment to local partnerships, community engagement, and thoughtful attention to public needs, policy, and local value creation. Climate adaptation is an opportunity to reorganize the way we approach planning issues, to introduce design driven transformation based on scientific standards, understanding of natural processes, and deeper commitment from the community.

EcoShape is a unique collaboration between scientists, engineers, builders, designers, NGOs, and governments. Over the past decade, EcoShape has designed, realized, monitored, and researched various Building with Nature projects. These projects show that it is possible to implement Nature-based Solutions on a larger scale. In addition to sustainable and safe coastal defenses, these solutions also provide ecologically rich and resilient landscapes. These characteristics make Building with Nature the ideal method for climate adaptation and mitigation.

ISBN 978-94-6208-582-4 | December 2020 | Matthijs Bouw & Erik van Eekelen | With contributions from: Henk Nieboer, Fokko van der Goot, Luca Sittoni, Carrie de Wilde, Martin Baptist, Mindert de Vries, Sonja Ouwerkerk, Fokke de Jong, Arno Kangeri, Simeon Moons, Sien Kok, Jurre de Vries, Justine Shapiro-Kline and Henk Ovink | design: Vanessa van Dam & Adriaan Mellegers | English | paperback | 17 x 24 cm | 256 pag. | Illustrations by OneArchitecture & Urbanism | EcoShape | NAi Booksellers

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