Sunday, April 12, 2020

The Floating Farm - Rotterdam

In Rotterdam is de eerste drijvende boerderij ter wereld gerealiseerd. Prioriteiten zijn: dierenwelzijn, circulariteit, duurzaamheid en innovatie. Gezond voedsel produceren in steden, dichtbij de consument. 

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Waterschappen - Waterboards

Dutch water boards, waterschappen, are regional governmental bodies managing water barriers, waterways, water levels and water quality (around 26 percent of the area of the Netherlands is at or below sea level).
These water authorities are among the oldest forms of local government in the Netherlands, some of them having been founded in the 13th century.
With a rich history dating back to the Middle Ages, they are the oldest governing bodies and the oldest democratic institutions in the Netherlands. 
Dutch waterboards housed on buildings called gemeenlands huis have their own coat of arms.

Below photo is from the Gemeenlandshuis of Leiden.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Windmills - Clockwork pumps (..among other things)

Papiermolen (papermills), poldermolen(watermills), graanmolen (grainmills), korenmolen (cornmills),
stellingmolen, standerdmolen, no matter what they are purposed for the internals of a windmill remain the same, 
a series of gears that harvest free wind as source of energy to cut plywood, grind grain but most
importantly keep the polders dry.

Windmills are the quintessential trademark of Dutch practicality and ingenuity.