DeltaCompetition 2010


The winning students and the titles of their submissions are:
• David Wooden from Virginia University USA, Landscape Architecture - The Big Leak:
Adaptive responses to New Orleans' land subsidence crisis
• Novi Rahmawati from Gadjah Mada University Indonesia, Water Resource Management - Groundwater zoning as spatial planning in Semarang
• Haein Lee, Gyoung Tak Park, and Soomin Shin from Harvard University USA, Landscape Architecture - Ecology as Industry


We invite students from all over the world to enter the third edition of the competition and develop practical, innovative, sustainable solutions to the threats facing delta cities.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International, Idea, Students or Age Restriction , Single-Stage, Onymous
Genre Sustainability, Urban, Waterfront
Country Rotterdam, the Netherlands
RegDeadline 15 June 2010 GoogleCal iCal
15 June 2010 (via Online)
Eligibility All competitors must be currently enrolled in, or have graduated in the period of 15 June 2008 – 15 June 2010, from a Bachelors, Masters or PhD programme.

Half of the world's population lives in densely populated city regions in delta areas. These delta cities are among the most dynamic areas. They show fast urban and economic growth and undergo continuous transformation and development to facilitate space for living, working and recreation to meet the ever-increasing needs of the population. But delta cities are also among the most fragile areas. Delta cities face severe environmental degradation and are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Rising sea levels, increased river discharge, extreme weather conditions, salination of groundwater and subsidence constitute significant and increasing threats to the delta cities and the people living in them. The devastating impact of hurricanes demonstrate the vulnerability of a delta city. Other delta cities suffer almost every year.
The increased pressure on delta cities have also led policy makers and experts to rethink their development strategies. Countries all over the world are looking into ways to adapt to climate change. The Netherlands, for example, are embarking on a long-term delta program for climate change adaptation of the Dutch Delta. All over the world, people are seeking practical, innovative, sustainable solutions to adapt to the impacts of climate change and facilitate sustainable development of delta cities.

Not yet announced

The top 3 entries: USD 3,000 each, an all-expenses-paid trip to Rotterdam to take part in the Deltas in Times of Climate Change Symposium

Entry Fee

A1 posters and a descriptions(5 to 10 page) in PDF format

Candidates informed of results: August 2010
Award Ceremony(Deltas in Times of Climate Change Symposium): 28 September to 1 October 2010

Past winners

Royal Haskoning, the Delta Alliance and the City of Rotterdam

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