For the first time, the Dutch dikes have been fully mapped out
Dutch Dikes offers a complete overview of the Netherlands’ most important invention: the dike.
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The Netherlands has many thousands of dikes. Dikes are the
pivotal elements in our landscape, and have great cultural-historical
value. We live in dike houses on the Waalbandijk, cycle along the
meandering Omringdijk in West Friesland, or visit the monument on the
Afsluitdijk. Nevertheless, quite a few of the dikes fail to meet current
safety standards. In order to guarantee our safety, knowledge about
dikes is therefore necessary. It is time for an overview as well as a
look towards the future, in a standard work: Dutch Dikes.
their importance to our history, economy, culture, and nature, our
dikes have never been properly mapped out. This is remarkable, because
without dikes, the Netherlands would never have existed; they are our
most important invention. In the book 'Dutch Dikes', based on the first
Dike Map of the Netherlands, the Dutch dikes will for the first time be
described, interpreted, and portrayed in their entirety: from primary
embankment to relict, from sea wall to defence line dike, and from
dreamer dike to watchman dike. The list of the top 100 dikes shows the
most remarkable dikes of the Netherlands.With contributions by
Tracy Metz, Eric Luiten, Steffen Nijhuis, Hans Renes, Henk Ovink,
Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen (foreword)
Author:Eric-Jan Pleijster, Cees van der Veeken (LOLA Landscape Architects)
344 Pages € 49.50
The original LE:NOTRE Projects were co-funded by the European Union's Socrates and Lifelong Learning Programmes.
The LE:NOTRE Institute has been established by ECLAS as foundation under Netherlands Law.