About the authors

LOLA Landscape Architects focuses on progressive landscape architecture, with a particular interest in designing and exploring landscapes that have been forgotten or neglected or that are facing change. LOLA’s (LOst LAndcapes) work is characterized by a continuous interaction between spatial investigation and design, by the practice’s optimistic and conceptual approach and by a fascination with new spatial phenomena.

LOLA Landscape Architects was founded by Eric-Jan Pleijster, Cees van der Veeken and Peter Veenstra in 2006. The practice is based in Rotterdam and has fifteen employees, including landscape architects and architects. LOLA has won several design awards, including the Delta Water Award 2009. In 2013 LOLA was awarded the Rotterdam Maaskant Prize for Young Architects, and in 2014 they received the TOPOS Landscape Award. Their book, Lost Landscapes, won the DAM Architectural Book Award 2014.

Eric-Jan Pleijster graduated cum laude in landscape architecture from Wageningen University. Together with LOLA, he has made designs for the natural recovery and recreational use of the Netherlands’ southwest delta area, including the Grevelingen, the Volkerak and the Haringvliet. He wrote the text for Dutch Dikes and coordinated the book’s research and production.

Cees van der Veeken also graduated cum laude from Wageningen University. He has been involved with dikes since LOLA’s inception. Together with LOLA, he created the Dijkenatlas van eiland IJsselmonde (‘dike atlas of IJsselmonde island’) in 2010, which mapped the forgotten dike network to the south of Rotterdam and designated it a design task. He represents LOLA in the Dutch Water Design consortium, an organization dedicated to ensuring a sustainable future for delta areas around the world.

About the expert partners

Deltares is an independent institute for applied research in the fields of water, subsurfaces and infrastructure.

In the High Water Protection Programme the government and water boards work together closely within the framework of the Delta Programme to protect the Netherlands against flooding.

The Cultural Heritage Agency is part of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and is responsible for protecting and sustainably managing the cultural heritage that is of national significance.

This publication was made possible by financial support from

Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (Deltaprogramma Veiligheid, Delta Atelier), Deltares, The Government Service for Land and Water Management (DLG), Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier, Hoogheemraadschap Rijnland, High Water Protection Programme (HWBP), Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE), Creative Industries Fund NL.


Birds-Eye-View.nl (aerial photography), ESRI Nederland (software), TU Delft Landschapsarchitectuur (data)