A transdisciplinary knowledge agenda for integrated real estate and infrastructure climate risk management in the Dutch delta
Climate change confronts us with new risks and challenges. The quality and value of our built environment, especially in the low lying, vulnerable, yet densely populated areas of our country, are under pressure. This calls for spatial investments and innovations from governments firms, and citizens alike. However, the relationships between climate change, real estate, and infrastructure are not well understood or addressed today.
Red&Blue (Real Estate Development & Building in Low Urban Environments), is a five-year transdisciplinary knowledge agenda and impact program focused on the development of integrated real estate and infrastructure climate risk strategies for the Dutch delta and beyond.
Our shared purpose is to create a common language, shift understandings, build collective governance capacity, and promote systems-changing spatial strategies that guide urban re/development and investment in Dutch delta settings.
Climate risks and sustained urbanization in low-lying regions are creating new pressures on the Dutch delta. These pressures have economic, social, environmental, and political dimensions, and implications for how real estate re/development and infrastructure investments in the Netherlands are planned and governed.
Sparking transformation in the built environment requires new and combined knowledge from a range of disciplines and domains. Thus, the Red&Blue program is built upon different focus areas and disciplines such as economics, governance and law, urban planning, knowledge integration, climate vulnerability, and engineering.
We embed shared, frank dialogue and real-world learning in the heart of what we do. Our transdisciplinary approach is built upon a three-layer knowledge integration and impact plan through which representatives from public and private sectors are actively involved in two-way knowledge exchange.
This involves embedding research activities with urban use case insights in the Rotterdam and Amsterdam regions to stimulate transformations in the real estate climate risk management approaches. This methodology has been developed to be dynamic, enabling us to evolve to incorporate new views and respond to knowledge needs as they emerge in the coming years.