Our nature of doing things

Nature Driven Design (NDD) is a design philosophy, a way of thinking, adapted and developed by Royal HaskoningDHV. NDD offers a useful approach to a number of design challenges. It comprises a whole set of greener and more sustainable principles and approaches, such as Building with Nature, eco-engineering, bio-mimicry, Cradle to Cradle® and more.

In short, the NDD philosophy promotes the utilisation of natural processes in areas where normally traditional design and building methods are used. This should lead to solutions that are greener, more sustainable and cost effective. A solution in which the society, ecology and economy all benefit.

The range of application is wide, from deltaic, coastal and riverine areas to urban developments and rural environments.

In the first, coastal management issues, harbour development, land reclamations and large infrastructure projects play a role. Focus projects in this respect are, amongst others, sand engines, green embankments, ecological dredging pits, wetland restoration and the development of natural lines of protection.

In the urban environments, focus lies more on ecocities (greener, heat resistant, sustainable cities) and natural water treatment systems.

Examples in the rural environment are, amongst others, natural climate buffers and watershed restorations.

For several years, Royal HaskoningDHV has been working on projects in which the NDD philosophy is used and in which we have strived to continuously look for alternative, nature friendly solutions. In the future, we intend to work with this philosophy even more as we truly believe in the vision of using the power of natural forces and resources to create sustainable solutions.