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Real Estate Development &

Building in Low Urban Environments


A transdisciplinary research agenda

for a resilient Dutch delta 




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Rising sea levels, land subsidence, extreme weather, and drought: climate change confronts us with new risks and challenges. The quality and value of our built environment, especially in the low lying, vulnerable, yet densely populated areas of our country, are under pressure. This calls for spatial investments and innovations from governments firms, and citizens alike. However, the relationships between climate change, real estate, and infrastructure are not well understood or addressed today. Transdisciplinary approachesthose that combine relevant scientific and practical insightsare urgently needed, and RED&BLUE is a platform that aims to do just that. Our goal is to bring together scientists and practitioners to co-develop an integrated climate governance strategy for the Dutch delta and beyond.


What is RED&BLUE?

RED&BLUE is a five-year transdisciplinary research agenda focused on the development of integrated real estate and infrastructure climate risk strategies. Our shared purpose: to create a common language, shift understandings, build collective governance capacity, and promote systems-changing spatial strategies that guide urban re/development and investment in delta settings—with a focus on the Dutch context.


Why are we taking action?

Changing climate risks and sustained urbanization in low-lying regions are creating new pressures on the Dutch delta. These pressures have economic, social, environmental, and political dimensions, and implications for how real estate re/development and infrastructure investments in the Netherlands are planned and governed.


Today's real estate and infrastructure climate risk management strategies are still quite fragmented. Public and private sector strategies are poorly aligned, and may affect each other in unintended ways. Without elaboration and careful integration, current approaches to climate risks may create new, additional, and unexpected disruptions for cities, economies, and societies at large. New approaches are urgently needed to anticipate and mitigate these disruptions, and co-develop adaptive and equitable climate strategies for the Netherlands.


What does our research agenda entail?

Sparking transformation in the built environment requires new and combined knowledge from a range of disciplines and domains. We focus on seven substantive research areas:

  1. Physical Climate Risk Analysis

  2. Asset Value-at-Risk Mapping

  3. Real Estate Strategy Assessment

  4. Integrated Climate Resilience Indicators

  5. Governance Arrangement Reforms

  6. Climate Adaptation Engineering Solutions

  7. Knowledge Exchange and Capacity Building.


We embed shared, frank dialogue and real-world learning in the heart of what we do. Our methodology includes regular (inter)national cross-disciplinary meetings as well as science-practice exchange focused on use cases within the Greater Amsterdam and Rotterdam regions. As RED&BLUE progresses, we will broaden the conversation through public events and creative online and physical interventions.



  • Ellen van Bueren, Delft University of Technology (RED&BLUE lead)

  • Marc Boonstra, Delft University of Technology (RED&BLUE project manager)

  • Jeroen Aerts, VU Amsterdam

  • Martine van den Boomen, TU Delft & Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

  • Tina Comes, Maastricht University

  • Tom Daamen, Delft University of Technology & Stichting Kennis Gebiedsontwikkeling

  • Art Dewulf, Wageningen University

  • Piet Eicholtz, Maastricht University

  • Paul Gerretsen, Deltametropolis Association

  • Frank Groothuijse, Utrecht University

  • Toon Haer, VU Amsterdam

  • Marco Hoogvliet, Deltares

  • Catholijn Jonker, Delft University of Technology

  • Matthijs Kok, Delft University of Technology

  • Nils Kok, Maastricht University

  • Anabel Mendez Lorenzo, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

  • Hans de Moel, VU Amsterdam

  • Gerben Mol, AMS Institute

  • Pradeep Murukannaiah, Delft University of Technology 

  • Wieke Pot, Wageningen University

  • Marleen van Rijswick, Utrecht University

  • Alankrita Sarkar, Deltametropolis Association

  • Zac Taylor, Delft University of Technology & Resilient Delta

  • Co Verdaas, Delft University of Technology.


AMS Institute, Delft University of Technology, Maastricht University, Resilient Delta, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht University, VU Amsterdam and Wageningen University.


Cities of Amsterdam, Dordrecht and Rotterdam, Provinces of North and South Holland, Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management, Office of the Delta Commissioner,  Regional public water authority Amstel, Gooi and Vecht / Waternet, APG, Arcadis, Bouwinvest, Cushman & Wakefield, Deltametropolis Association, Deltares, PGGM, Stichting Kennis Gebiedsontwikkeling, Urban Land Institute,  Verbond van Verzekeraars and Vesteda.


  • Winston Chow (Singapore Management University)

  • Lisette van Doorn (Urban Land Institute Europe)

  • Marjolijn Haasnoot (Deltares/Utrecht University)

  • Mark Siezen (Bouwinvest)

  • Jesse Keenan (Tulane University)

  • Eveline van Leeuwen (AMS Institute/Wageningen University)

  • Henk Ovink (Kingdom of the Netherlands).

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RED&BLUE will formally launch in September 2022. You can read more about our research agenda and strategy by clicking here.


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