The contribution of new real estate in a transition towards more resilience. A case study on climate adaptation in the Zwolle region

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The climate risks that the region of Zwolle is facing are multiple, representing the climatic risks the Netherlands are facing as a whole: pluvial flooding, coastal flooding, land subsidence. Complicating governments to manage these climate change risks is the increasing demand for more new-build housing due to the housing shortages. The main concern is that the focus on climate adaptation and water safety is diminished by the focus on accelerated construction of new dwellings. This leads to the following research question: “How can new urban development contribute to more climate resilience for the region of Zwolle?”. Smarter designs of urban exploitations and integral collaboration in an early state between all actors involved are the first step forward. The guiding paradigm should be that new brownfield developments should at all times contribute to improving the existing urban situation regarding climate adaptation. On the one hand, the subsoil and the water system should become guiding factors in the function and design of the development taking place on a location. On the other hand, developments should help reducing problems such as heat stress or pluvial flooding in the adjacent urban area. To actually achieve this some additional interventions on management level are acquired.
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