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Life as a game

In our everyday lives, the occasional mistake is not a disaster. For a mountain climber, however, a mistake can be fatal. On 1 August 2008, eleven mountaineers were killed on K2. I was on the mountain that night but I survived. The accident brought me closer to the essence of

Global goals inspire value creation

Henk Nieboer does not regard himself as an idealist who has set out to change the world. Asked why he does what he does, he recalls his early childhood. ‘The little boy who makes sand banks on the beach to collect water, then lets it run back into the sea. That was me.’ Henk

Embrace Digital Disruption

Imagine, for a moment, life without personal computers. We have become so accustomed to instant access to news and information, that the loss of it would completely transform our way of life. In today’s technology-driven society, that is a difficult thing to picture. But a

Tackling the big issues

It is fascinating to see how thousands of students and researchers at Wageningen University & Research Centre devote themselves to studying the major societal issues of today. Their projects are concerned with the sustainable supply of food and resources, the development of

Almost impossible wishlists

Society has surrounded itself with various infrastructures and networks: drinking water supply, water defences, electricity, gas, telecommunications, roads and rail, drainage and sanitation, and so forth. Engineers have played a major part in the creation of these

People behind the seawall

If adequate precautions are not taken, one third of Jakarta will be flooded in approximately 25 years’ time. On average the Indonesian capital is sinking by some 7.5 centimetres per year, while sea levels continue to rise and precipitation continues to increase. Over 20

Making Xai-Xai more resilient

The development of downtown Xai-Xai - a city on the coast of southern Mozambique - is complicated by flood risks, the risk of inundation of lower-lying areas, and ever-increasing traffic congestion in the centre of town.

Singapore as a global model of a ‘Healthy City’

In times of population growth, providing healthy environments for citizens is one of the challenges faced by Singapore and other metropolitan cities. The Healthy City concept focuses on enhancing factors that determine health. The concept, developed by OKRA Landscape Architects,

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