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KAdE Eindhoven




Creative Industries fund and the Cultural Heritage Agency (in Dutch: RCE - Rijksdienst voor Cultureel Erfgoed)




Marco Broekman, Floris van der Zee, Guido Martin, Yun-Shih, Lindy Beuk


Research by design study on Urbanism by Extremes, climate adaptation versus cultural heritage


Witteveen+Bos, Gemeente Eindhoven, Waterschap De Dommel, Erfgoedhuis Eindhoven



In collaboration with engineers Witteveen+Bos, BURA (formerly known as marco.broekman) is working on the research by design project ‘KAdE Eindhoven' (Climate Adaptive Cultural Heritage). The research explores the spatial opportunities and the experience of cultural heritage and water in relation to climate adaptation in the city of Eindhoven.

Eindhoven is a pilot city in the government's ‘Smart and Healthy city’-program and has the ambition to develop an integral method to work on contemporary challenges like healthy urbanization and mobility, climate adaptation and energy-transition.


The research team identified four typologies of cultural historic structures in the city which are of importance vis-a-vis the identity of the city and its territorial context and the potential for re-imagination of the spaces. Following an analysis for potential impact the research will focus on two case study areas, Fellenoord and Havenhoofd. Here the different spatial structure of cultural historic value meet at the fringe of the city center of Eindhoven.


The team aspires to create a guidebook for ‘Climate Adaptation & Cultural Heritage'. In this guidebook, a method for climate adaptive interventions from a heritage and area-based approach is presented by means of design by research. The research is conducted by three organizations in the region of Eindhoven that have a central role regarding climate adaption in relation to cultural heritage. Gemeente Eindhoven, Waterschap de Dommel, and Erfgoedhuis Eindhoven. The creative Industries fund and the Cultural Heritage Agency (in Dutch: RCE - Rijksdienst voor Cultureel Erfgoed) granted a subsidy following the Open Call: Urbanism for Extremes.

Climate-related challenges
Total map of four cultural historical typologies in Eindhoven
Relation scheme: typology, challenge, solution
Exploded view of four typological layers
Synthesis maps of the relationship between 1: relief, waterways, historic roads, and 2: infrastructure, canals
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