San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Consulate-General of the Netherlands in San Francisco
and the Netherlands-America Foundation, Business
Rebuild by Design: New Dutch Solutions for U.S. Water Challenges
Featuring Henk Ovink, Senior Advisor
for Secretary Shaun Donovan of Housing and Urban Development
Doors open at the Consulate-General of the Netherlands at 5:00pm for meet and greet, Discussion begins at 6:00pm. Event will end promptly at 8:00pm
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a superstorm that all but destroyed parts of the New York Region Coast Line, U.S. Secretary Shaun Donovan of Housing and Urban Development, tasked with helping rebuild the region, knew where to turn. (See NYT Magazine Article)
The Netherlands has been long revered for building effective water management strategies despite an abundance of water and being partly located below sea level. Levering the expertise of one of the Netherlands’ best water and spatial planning strategists, Secretary Donovan called on Henk Ovink, the Netherlands’ Deputy Director General for Spatial Planning and Water Management, whom he had met when on a work visit to the Netherlands.
What followed could be best described as a unique exploratory collaboration culminating in Rebuild By Design, a design competition initiative that was named one of CNN’s 10 Best Ideas of 2013. Drawing on the ‘Dutch Approach’, where the emphasis is on a holistic, integral approach working with cross-industry expertise, Rebuild By Design has helped build local and cross-continent partnerships with the goal to help design solutions for a resilient New York.
With consequences of climate change such as sea level rise and flooding a reality in the Western United States too, Ovink is invited to tell his story here as well.
We invite you to join us for a special evening featuring Henk Ovink where he will talk about Rebuild By Design and the Netherlands’ new approach to water and flooding – by giving water literally more room to roam.
More information on Henk Ovink’s work with Rebuild By Design: