All the partners I met seem to be open minded and have told me that exactly the many different pieces of expertise in the team makes it so exciting for them to work with each other. The partners are happy to share their knowledge and learn from each other. For example:
Koen Mulder from the Technical University Delft has researched on bricks, mortar and construction pattern for stable quay walls before the project’s design team challenged him to integrate nature. In return, the design team has learned about the different qualities of brick and mortar combinations. Again, the partners Natuurplein and RAVON, both nature conservation NGOs, bring forward all the ecological requirements for boosting nature. They find solutions in joint discussions, while each partner broadens its knowledge.
The team from TU Delft has also learned from the colleagues of Van de Berk, a nursery that is responsible for establishing the bended trees in the walls, on sensor technology to monitor the different environmental parameters, like wetness, temperature, etc. They use that knowledge on monitoring the vegetated walls of the small-sale test site now.
Jan van Kemp and Jeroen den Brok from the nursery, knowing that trees support to tackle climate impacts such as heatwaves, ask the colleagues from Wageningen University, where these trees can be placed best to maximise their support to climate resilience.
Vaporisation in public space for cooling has not been on the radar of Breda municipality, but João Cortesão, a researcher at Wageningen University but originally from Portugal, has brought up this idea, which is now integrated into the final design of the area.
The different partners are curious about the knowledge of the others. That is a big motivating factor to collaborate.” Willem de Brouwer, leading the design team in Breda municipality