Re-think Dutch Style, Let the Water In

As a country below sea-level, the Netherlands has been dealing with water issues for centuries.  In the 1950’s they  began building the Delta Works, a series of massive barriers built to protect against the 10,000-year storm.  They have stopped doing that since they don’t believe it is possible anymore in the face of sea level rise.  They have re-thought their approach which is now to let the water in and live with the water.  Henk Ovik was in charge of this in the Netherlands and was brought to the US to guide the Rebuild by Design competition.  More on the man in the NY Times from April 9, 2014 by Russell Shorto http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/13/magazine/how-to-think-like-the-dutch-in-a-post-sandy-world.html