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Too Big

Rebuild by Design: A Transformative Approach to Climate Change

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A guide for to politicians, designers, change managers, community leaders, researchers, activists and others

> Climate change is a simultaneous threat to our planet and to our neighborhoods. President Obama understood we needed to fight climate change at both scales at once, and Rebuild by Design did just that. With this book, communities across the globe can learn how to make their neighborhoods safer and stronger and governments can learn how to lead by example. - Shaun Donovan, Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Chair of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force

> All over the world, I see opportunities for the Dutch to make a difference. The Netherlands is a "living lab", everything distinctive we do here improves our position in the world. And I keep telling the story about the value and importance of good water management wherever I go. – Henk Ovink

> Listen to Henk Ovink on Sourcing Matter episode 4

How will society confront climate change? Faced with rising sea levels and more powerful storms, we all know that what worked in the past will not work in the future. The climate challenge is too urgent to ignore and too big to confront with our existing methods.
Too Big tells the inside story of the American federal response in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The late 2012 storm that ravaged the New York-New Jersey region revealed the true physical and social vulnerabilities that all coastal cities face from sea level rise and extreme weather events. It underscored the need for fundamentally different approaches to create more resilient cities and coastlines. President Obama took on this challenge through an innovative, inclusive design process called Rebuild by Design: confronting established federal, state and local practices, championed by Henk Ovink, the Dutch Special Envoy for International Water Affairs who joined the American recovery effort.
In this book, Ovink and Boeijenga, together with Rebuild by Design’s key partners, give a firsthand account of this process: building coalitions and creating innovative solutions by running an intense international design effort in the aftermath of a devastating storm. Analyzing the competition’s groundbreaking formula for bringing all stakeholders to the heart of resilience planning, Too Big presents governments and communities an approach to become more responsive, more effective and more prepared in the face of climate change.
Too Big addresses the urgency of a battle we cannot afford to lose, but also shows a way forward, informing and inspiring everyone who has the ambition to change the world.

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ISBN 978-94-6208-315-8 | March 2018 | available | Henk Ovink, Jelte Boeijenga. | design: Koehorst in 't Veld | English | paperback | 17 x 24 cm | 272 pages | illustrated (300 full color) | with support from: Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Arcadis, Creative Industries Fund NL, Dutch Water Authorities, Van Eesteren-Fluck & Van Lohuizen Stichting, Netherlands Water Partnership, Royal HaskoningDHV, The Rockefeller Foundation, World Water Academy

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