Two tales of the city: Water and land in Amsterdam, Part 1 of 2 – The dikereeve’s Tale

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

In this new millennium, 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 crisscrossed 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.

Producer: Marijke van der Meer

Broadcast: May 29, 2001