The new book Shaping Holland, Regional Design and Planning in the Southern Randstad offers insights into a period during which the Dutch regions underwent rapid development – from around 1990 to about 2015. In those years the Southern Randstad grew into a coherent urban region. Shaping Holland contains reflections on the contribution of regional design in this period, in particular by the province of Zuid-Holland.

How did regional design manage to find new ways and propose promising solutions? How to explore new horizons, while keeping in touch with stakeholders and the provincial executives? These themes are discussed in six interviews and in richly illustrated chapters about the coast, urban growth, landscape, corridors, city rail, and ‘the port and beyond’. The book is written by Fransisco Colombo, Jeroen van Schaick, and Peter Paul Witsen. It’s published by Routledge. Click here for further details.