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Adaptive Strategies for Water Heritage

Past, Present and Future


  • Crosses regional and national boundaries to meet global challenges

  • Proposes an integrated policy on preservation, transformation and adaptive reuse of water-related structures

  • Offers tools to facilitate collaboration among stakeholders

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Table of contents (21 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction: Connecting Water and Heritage for the Future

    • Carola Hein, Henk van Schaik, Diederik Six, Tino Mager, Jan (J. C. A.) Kolen, Maurits Ertsen et al.
    Pages 1-18Open Access
  3. Agricultural Water

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 105-105
    2. Water Meadows as European Agricultural Heritage

      • Hans Renes, Csaba Centeri, Sebastian Eiter, Bénédicte Gaillard, Alexandra Kruse, Zdeněk Kučera et al.
      Pages 106-131Open Access
    3. How Citizens Reshaped a Plan for an Aerotropolis and Preserved the Water Heritage System of the Taoyuan Tableland

      • Sinite Yu, Chung-Hsi Lin, Hsiaoen Wu, Wenyao Hsu, Yu-Chuan Chang
      Pages 172-189Open Access
  4. River and Coastal Planning

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 271-271

About this book

This Open Access book, building on research initiated by scholars from the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Global Heritage and Development (CHGD) and ICOMOS Netherlands, presents multidisciplinary research that connects water to heritage. Through twenty-one chapters it explores landscapes, cities, engineering structures and buildings from around the world. It describes how people have actively shaped the course, form and function of water for human settlement and the development of civilizations, establishing socio-economic structures, policies and cultures; a rich world of narratives, laws and practices; and an extensive network of infrastructure, buildings and urban form. 

The book is organized in five thematic sections that link practices of the past to the design of the present and visions of the future: part I discusses drinking water management; part II addresses water use in agriculture; part III explores water management for land reclamation and defense; part IV examines river and coastal planning; and part V focuses on port cities and waterfront regeneration. 

Today, the many complex systems of the past are necessarily the basis for new systems that both preserve the past and manage water today: policy makers and designers can work together to recognize and build on the traditional knowledge and skills that old structure embody. This book argues that there is a need for a common agenda and an integrated policy that addresses the preservation, transformation and adaptive reuse of historic water-related structures. Throughout, it imagines how such efforts will help us develop sustainable futures for cities, landscapes and bodies of water.  


  • Historic Water-Sites
  • Planning Heritage
  • Heritage Policies of Hydrological Landscapes
  • Water Culture
  • Water Management and Irrigation Systems
  • Waterfront Regeneration
  • Open Access
  • landscape/regional and urban planning
  • water policy



Editors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Technical University Delft, Delft, The Netherlands

    Carola Hein

About the editor


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Adaptive Strategies for Water Heritage

  • Book Subtitle: Past, Present and Future

  • Editors: Carola Hein

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2020

  • License: CC BY-NC-ND

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-00267-1Published: 29 October 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-00268-8Published: 18 October 2019

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIX, 435

  • Number of Illustrations: 37 b/w illustrations, 167 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Human Geography, Water, Cultural Heritage, Engineering Design

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)