On Thursday 22 June I will host three short workshop during the conference Ditching Dikes? of the Young Wadden Academy.
“O boring slab, o hellish barcode” – J. de Koning, 2000
- Location: Stenden Hotel, Rengerslaan 8, Leeuwarden (Netherlands)
- Date: Thu 22 June 2017
- Costs: none
- More info & registration: website Wadden Academy
For this workshop we’ll literally take a piece of Wadden Sea with us behind the sea dike. Honestly, literally. We’ll be questioning whether our modern expectations of life in an undiked wadden area are actually correct. Do you see possibilities, opportunities? Or do you focus on limitations; is such an undiked existence impossible? Let’s put this to the test and ditch the dike. Or rather: we’ll build a hole in the dike. Much like the dike builders of old, we’ll be putting one turf on top of another – turves are blocks of grassland, but you probably knew that already. It Fryske Gea has provided us with authentic salt marsh turves, hand-cut by myself in Noord-Friesland Buitendijks.
It will become evident that dike building old style was a careful business and ancient salt marsh dwellers invested all their turf building knowledge into this. And what knowledge they had! Consider this: how do you keep your feet dry in an undiked wadden area? How do you collect fresh water in a brackish wadden area? How do you build a house in a treeless wadden area? Exactly! With turves! There are many more possibilities to building with turf than one might expect. This is what I’ll show you. Time for a tribute to turf.
Ditching Dikes: rethinking our coastal defensesJoin the discussion!Register via: https://www.waddenacademie.nl/en/ditch-the-dikes-registration/
Geplaatst door Young Wadden Academy op maandag 29 mei 2017