‘Een balans tussen herinnering en belofte’ | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 4, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 2468-2187
  • E-ISSN: 2468-2195


‘A balance between remembrance and promise’. An interview with Eric Luiten about landscape and the spatial dynamics of the New Dutch Waterline as a World Heritage

In 2019 the New Dutch Waterline was nominated for the World Heritage List. Recently the chair of the quality team New Dutch Waterline, Eric Luiten, left office. The New Dutch Waterline became one of the key-projects of the Nota Belvedere (1999) of the Dutch government, which promotes the preservation of heritage through development. Luiten, together with others, developed a plan called ‘Line perspective’, in which developments were not seen as a threat, but welcomed. In contrast to the conservative approach towards heritage, in which a historic site or monument is often shielded from change, Luiten’s approach embraces these changes. He hopes this project can serve as an international example for the preservation through development approach, even if the New Dutch Waterline is not inscribed as World Heritage.


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