Part-time Archivist, Almere Archives

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With Michel Langedijk we spoke about the making of Almere, how city planning utopia is affected by real-life needs and decisions, about weerwater artificial lake in the city center, and about Michel’s favourite and fragile drawings of Almere that he found in the archive collection. It is an interview that narrates the story of negotiations between imagination and rationality.

Maritime Archaeologist

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In this interview with Yftinus van Popta, we unpack the title Shallow Waters concerning Almere, what treasures the reclaimed land hides and what a boring day for a maritime archaeologist looks like. This conversation touches upon the broader notion of archives and Yftinus tells us a fascinating folk story of doom from the region.

Retired City Planner

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According to Jan Frans de Hartog, water cannot be destroyed. No expensive housing can be easily built on top of the water, so making a lake in the middle of a city will lead to inhabitants always seeing the horizon above the lake. A story of building Almere Haven from one of the city’s founding fathers. A memory of young people with little experience but lots of enthusiasm, discovering that the polder’s emptiness is a paradise for city planning.

Barge Skipper

In this insightful interview, Tido, a water worker and skipper in Amsterdam shares his experiences in maintaining and cleaning the city’s iconic canals. He discusses the significance of the canals in protecting the city from flooding and talks about the various debris they encounter, including plastic, tires, and even cars. Tido emphasises the importance of their work in keeping the canals safe and navigable. The interview also touches on childhood memories, dreams, and legends related to water. Tido’s story offers a unique perspective on the hidden but crucial role of water workers in preserving the beauty and functionality of Amsterdam’s waterways.

Geosciences Professor

(en) Dr. Kim Cohen, Geosciences professor at the University of Utrecht, joins us this session to discuss shifting coastlines, mapping sea-level rises, and what we can do to mitigate the effects of extreme coastal changes.

Teamleader brug-en Sluiswachten

As a little Amsterdam boy, Stefan climbed opened bridges to annoy the bridge keepers, not knowing he would become a bridge and lock keeper himself. For 15 years, Stefan has worked as a bridge and lock keeper. He shares his love for the profession.

Ferry Skipper

This is an interview with Uljan, a skipper with GVB Ferries. Uljan, who came to the interview dressed in full uniform, told the School of Winds and Waves about his daily routine at work, secrets that deep waters conceal, and an office with the best view in Amsterdam.


How to communicate water? An inteview with Jessica Winkelhorst, a spokesperson of Vitens.
Water sample: tap water.

Process Operator

Hessel Rozenga has a lot of power on Terschelling. He is responsible for all drinking water on the island. From checking the drinking water installation and the pipe from the mainland to Terschelling, to repairs at people’s homes. Hessel explains how water is purified into drinking water. He himself does not drink purified water, but directly from the ground. So why do people still want purified water? And could we also purify sewage water into drinking water?
Water sample: tap water Tool: plumbing fitting.

Salt Agriculture and Chef

Flang Cupido is a pioneer in saline agriculture on Terschelling. As the groundwater becomes saltier, normal agriculture can produce less and less good food. Saline agriculture is a solution. The Zilte Smaak is a practical case of how you can grow fruit and vegetables in soil that is becoming saltier. It’s also still very tasty. To compensate for the salty soil, fruit becomes much sweeter. What are the things we will eat in a saltier future?
Water sample: 2/3 salt and 1/3 sweet sourcewater

Field Worker

Jan van der Bij is a forester at the Staatsbosbheer on West-Terschelling. He tells everything about the management of waterways, the recently completed water splendor project and what exactly seepage water is. Water sample: seepage water.

Infrastructure Engineer

With Ward we spoke about the flow of water, electricity and internet in large scale festival set-up. Water sample: festival toilet flushing water Tool: Plumbing coupler.

2nd Deputy Major

With the second deputy major on Terschelling we had a conversation about various facets of water policy. It was striking how “listening” in this interview became a bridging theme between art and policymaking. Water sample: tap water from Gemeente Tool: iPad.

Cattle Farmer

We interviewed Gerard at our pop up radio station in Hoorn forest.
We spoke about how much water a cow drinks on a hot day, about intergenerational labour on the farm and Gerard’s progress in saline agriculture. Water sample: ground water from the farm Tool: trench shovel.

Professor of Climate and Water

We spoke to Pier Vellinga, Professor of Climate and Water, about the impacts of salinization on agriculture at large and on the island of Terschelling. Pier leant us his knowledge when thinking about the future of crops and farming once water supplies become saltier.

District and Dijk Manager

Rayon manager and dike keeper Albert Kiers, works for Wetterskp Fryslân. He tells us about the inner and outer dike area on Terschelling. The island is slightly tilted: part is above sea level and part is below. Kiers is constantly looking for the right water level for the whole area. A broadcast with a map, a salt meter and meticulous notes in an oldfashioned noteboook.

Rayonbeheerder en dijkwachter Albert Kiers, werkzaam voor Wetterskp Fryslân vertelt over het binnen- en buitendijks gebied op Terschelling. Het eiland ligt een beetje gekanteld: een deel ligt boven NAP en een deel eronder. Kiers zoekt voortdurend naar de juiste waterstand voor het hele gebied. Een uitzending met een kaart, zoutmeter en een succesagenda.
Water sample: ground water
Tool: conductivity meter

Forest Ranger

In daily life, forester Joeri Lamers informs residents of Terschelling about the work the Forestry Commission does to protect nature. In our studio he tells us about the origins of the Hoorn forest and the connection between dunes and fresh water.
Water sample: ground water from the forest
Tool: binoculars