Nordoostpolder x Schaaper

The part that fascinated me about the presentation along with the reading is the way sustainability works into the lives of the average citizen in their city planning and culture. The way neighborhoods were planned along with the division of labor between different sects of people. The most interesting part about labor division to me was the response to the polder problem within the rural Netherlands. The government decided to split up these farms and assign them to different sects of people and firms to build the wealth and the culture of the area. This move brought great growth to the area and allowed for a controlled mix of culture at the cost of the livelihoods of some of the citizens. Although this move helped prevent a previous tragedy from recurring, it shows that moves that are sustainable do not necessarily benefit everyone as a whole. 

A positive look on sustainability I pulled from the reading and the presentation was the effort that the people of the Netherlands put into their villages and communities. Little things such as the house being created with deep backyards, to promote farming, show the Dutch’s thought on citizen well being as well as sustainability. An example of this would be the Garden City which had a set limit of citizens due to over population and sustainable environments. This was pushed on the backs of the environmentalist and soclalist movements coming into power during the late 

Could you go more into depth with the Garden Cities in the Netherlands and your personal experiences with them?

How have things changed in the Netherlands from its small origins with the drastic influx of citizens in recent history?

In your eyes, what is the number 1 effort towards sustainable wellbeing the Dutch government has offered its citizens.


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