Reflection from Wednesday 6/8

Joppe began his presentation with a discussion about polders, using a map of the Netherlands to assist in his explanation. Coincidentally, the opening image to chapter 4 of the Delta Urbanism’s is the same map of the Netherlands. However, Joppe compares a map of the Netherlands in the year 1300, with a map of it in current times. As shown in the screenshot attached to this post, the two red circles on the maps identify the areas of most significant change due to polders. The picture from the delta urbanism’s piece gives a look at the Netherlands in the present, and helps further give detail to how different hundreds of years of polder-usage made the Netherlands appear. I decided to attach a third picture to my post, another from Joppe’s first video. This image depicts the lands relative height compared to sea level. Most of the areas where polders terraformed the land are below sea level, further showing how much land was reclaimed. Joppe also goes on to mention that originally the development of the polders was for farming, because the city centers didn’t have the space. When looking at the map from the delta urbanism’s piece, you can see that many of the areas which became polders still appear relativity undeveloped. 

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  1. One of the main differences I noticed when watching Joppe’s part 3 and 4 videos was the big rise of investment in tourism. Joppe points out that buildings were being built larger and more commonly with a function to the public. Examples of this would be the creation of theaters, concert halls, hotels, etc. Investments into tourism come in the form of expansion such as the Heineken factory/experience. Furthermore Joppe discussed that Amsterdam was the global leader in diamond refinement and work. Not only did I not expect this, it makes me wonder if the influence of diamonds in the Netherlands maybe had an affect on the surrounding countries production, for example Swiss made watches.

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