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Polder Landscapes of the World

Steffen Nijhuis, Bart Schultz, Michiel Pouderoijen (eds.)


Polder Landscapes of the World

Steffen Nijhuis, Bart Schultz, Michiel Pouderoijen (eds.)


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Architecture / Landscape | Nature / Theory / Upcoming / Urbanism



Graphic design

Thomas Soete

Number of pages


Book size

24 x 30 cm




Release date: Spring 2022

Made possible with the support of Delft University of Technology/Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and the Creative Industries Fund

Polders can be found in coastal and alluvial lowlands all over the world. In these reclaimed areas water levels are artificially controlled so people can live and work there. This often centuries-old interaction between man and water has produced a rich variety of polder landscapes with their own cultural identity and spatial, functional, and ecological characteristics. These landscapes are under threat due to climate and economic change along levelling tendencies of globalization.

This book addresses polder landscapes as cultural expressions rather than only as results of water engineering – while providing backgrounds, overview maps, descriptions of iconic polders as a means to understand the similarities and differences of these particular landscapes. The book aims to raise awareness of these flood-prone lowland landscapes, their cultural identity and their problematic situation of intensive cultivation and habitation, while providing clues for future development.

Examples include: Beemster (the Netherlands), San Joachim Delta (USA), Nile Delta (Egypt), Lammefjord (Denmark), Hachirogata polder (Japan), Ning Shao Plain (China), Vistula Delta (Poland), Holland Marsh (Canada), The East Anglian Fenland (UK) and others.