Ideas for a water-friendly city

Embassy of Water

Embassy of Water

This year the Embassy of Water premiers at the Dutch Design Week. This platform for water related design is a place for sharing knowledge and ideas, inspire each other and accelerate innovation. Connecting designers, government, knowledge and research institutes, enterprises and end-users at an early stage, enables a creative Water Hub to emerge where future-oriented collaborations can take place, aimed at achieving a sustainable, water-friendly society.  

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The Embassy of Water is initiated and curated by Anouk van der Poll, co-owner of vanderPolloffice and is during DDW located at the church of Atelier NL (Bergmannstraat 76).

The Embassy of Water program focuses on two themes: Water-Sensitive Urban Design and Nature-Based Solutions. In an exhibition, all participants show projects and designs that coincide with these themes. There are also lectures and workshops.

Water-Sensitive Urban Design

Due to rising numbers of people living in cities and the expansion of cities themselves, the way water is managed in cities is becoming an increasingly urgent issue. Which is why the Embassy of Water is focusing primarily on water in the city during the DDW. Water-Sensitive Urban Design is seen around the globe as an extremely effective solution for tackling the problems surrounding urbanisation and climate change.

Nature-Based Solutions

This is where we look at what nature can teach us about managing the problems that accompany climate change. This raises questions such as: What is water precisely? How can we make better use of water? How can we find solutions to contemporary water problems by examining how water naturally behaves?’


Interactive lecture Dr. Ir. Marlies Kampschreur – innovator

Water: mirror for health

Monday, October 22nd, from 1:00 – 1:30 am.


Lecture ir Cees Kamp – water researcher

What is Water? Mysterious aspects of our everyday life fluid.

Friday, october 26th, from 3:00 – 4:30 am.

As a chemical technologist, from the mid-nineties, Cees Kamp immersed himself with wonder and through scientific glasses in the unfathomable phenomenon of water. Water is a life-saving, wonderful liquid with exceptional properties. Come listen and taste, and be surprised!




‘During the DDW at the Embassy of Water, local authorities and knowledge institutes will point out the major issues and where opportunities lie for improvement and innovation,’ says Anouk van der Poll, owner of vanderPolloffice and project manager at the Embassy of Water. ‘Designers will use the Embassy of Water to display their ideas, products and systems which can serve as potential directions for solutions. This enables an interplay to emerge, a ‘creative interference’ which ensures that ideas, talents and expertise can amplify one another. Let’s galvanise, inspire and activate each other.’