Two Tales of the City: Water and Land in Amsterdam, Part 1 of 2- The Dikereeve’s Tale

Amsterdam’s former harbor and spiderweb of canals seen on an old postcard (©Flickr/Roger W)

In this new millenium, Amsterdam like so many cities around the world has been facing the challenge of building for an expanding population, a changing economy, and new technologies. In these two programmes we look at how the Dutch capital is creating space for growth and change. Amsterdam was born in water, like Venice, on a lake and a river, and is now criss-crossed with canals curving their way through man-made city blocks built on reclaimed land. City planners are puzzling about what role all the water can play to make for a better city.

Produced and presented by Marijke van der Meer

Broadcast 29 May and 11 June, 2001