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‘Room for River’, the national level policy, has a combined goal: increase water safety from river flooding and improve the spatial and ecological quality along the rivers. NL Urban Solutions was asked to create a general Spatial Quality Framework that can provide a basis for the decision making, the feasibility study, the project design and the quality framework for the riverside landscape plans to be drawn. As example of one of the 31 Space for the river projects in our country, there will be two new gullies along the Ijssel river in Deventer. One of the two added gullies is planned through the culturally and historically valuable floodplain park Worp, one of the oldest parks in our country. The planning study aimed to investigate the opportunities to connect the water safety issue with respect to the cultural historic quality of the park. The water issue is an opportunity for preservation and renovation of cultural and historical qualities and for adding new spatial qualities. The plan concept for the newly landscaped floodplains Deventer, the floodplain park, is a symbiosis of the existing park and the new river landscape.


Deventer, the Netherlands

Design period



02 Landscape Design, 03 Water Management, 07 EU Projects

national program, public space, river landscape, river management, rural landscape