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‘Room for River’, the national level program, combines the goal of increasing water safety from river flooding with the improvement ofthe 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. As example of one of the 31 Space for the river projects in our country, two new gullies will be developed along the Ijssel river in Deventer. One of these 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 preservation and renovation of the cultural historic qualities of the park and what other spatial qualities could be added. The plan concept for the newly landscaped floodplains in 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