Mission is to foster urbanizing deltas as sources of social, ecological and economic prosperity.

The Delta Futures lab is a multidisciplinary network for MSc-students, staff and practice with the ambition to become interdisciplinary leaders in spatial design, engineering and governance of deltas. The Lab unites master students, researchers and professionals in multidisciplinary projects. It enriches and supports master students in becoming the mission-oriented engineers that future delta societies need.

With the Delta Futures lab, TU Delft presents itself as interdisciplinary leader in spatial design, engineering and governance of deltas. Deltas worldwide are under accelerating pressure of climate-induced sea-level rise and hydrological extremes and unprecedented economic growth and urbanisation. Former high-end scenarios rapidly become thinkable futures that push delta interventions outside state-off-art delta management practice. The Delta Futures lab joins scientific, public and private forces in its mission to maintain urbanising deltas as sources of economic, social and ecological prosperity. It aims to deliver the next level of delta management technology, spatial designs, institutional arrangements, and management concepts and implement them with our public and private partners in the global delta community.

The goal of Delta Futures Lab is to enhance your skills and competences in integrated spatial and engineering design, governance and management of urbanizing deltas. Interdisciplinary leaders have the skills and competences required to effectively work in multidisciplinary teams addressing climate change, energy and transport in the socially most vibrant, ecologically most vulnerable but productive and economically most dynamic parts of the globe. With the Delta Futures Lab TU Delft and its students present themselves as an interdisciplinary leader in spatial design, engineering and governance of deltas. University staff will use the lab to further develop methods in interdisciplinary design and research-by-design.

The resources for the Delta Futures Lab come from the pooled in-kind education and research resources of the faculties of Civil Engineering, Architecture & the Built Environment, and Technology, Policy & Management of TU Delft and is powered by the Delta Infrastructures and Mobility Initiative (DIMI). Societal partners contribute lectures, internships, projects and supervision of interdisciplinary teams in master thesis projects. In return, they receive access to state-of-art knowledge, innovations and promising, well trained and responsible professionals. The unique strength of the program is its combination of world-leading research groups in hydraulic engineering, infrastructure design, urban planning, climate adaptation, governance, and resilience engineering.



Delft Deltas, Infrastructures & Mobility Initiative

Delft Deltas, Infrastructures & Mobility Initiative (DIMI) is developing integral solutions for urgent societal problems related to vital infrastructure for water safety and smart mobility, which are intrinsic to the natural and built environment. An integral approach, in which different disciplines cooperate, provides the best guarantee for finding these solutions. And this is precisely how we work at TU Delft Deltas, Infrastructures & Mobility Initiative (DIMI). The ‘Delft approach’ is integral, innovative and down to earth.


Delta Urbanism

Delta Urbanism focuses on new approaches in the design and planning of urbanised deltas that face extreme challenges from competing claims and interests. A balance must be found between on-going urbanisation, port-development, agriculture, environmental and ecological qualities, flood-defence systems and fresh-water supply. Balancing competing claims in deltas requires new relationships to be forged between design, engineering, science and governance.



The TU Delft Safety & Security Institute aims to create a safer and more secure society. Solving complex safety & security challenges needs transdisciplinary and integrated safety & security approaches. The institute hosts a large variety of safety and security approaches to engineering, which are united within the institute. They seek collaborations with industry and governmental organizations in, amongst others, joint research, technology transfer, deployment of joint research projects and education initiatives. Together, we are committed to contributing to knowledge, practice and policy in the area of safety & security.



Eén idee, 3 oplossingen. Het idee van Delta21 is een toekomstbestendige oplossing voor de zuidwestelijke delta. Een oplossing voor Waterveiligheid, Energietransitie & Natuurherstel. Voor de kust bij de Tweede Maasvlakte willen we een opslagbekken van 20 km2, het zogenaamde Energie-opslagmeer bouwen. Dit Energie-opslagmeer met voldoende pompcapaciteit is zowel een batterij als een manier om overtollige water met grote kracht weg te pompen. Door het unieke ontwerp van het Energie-opslagmeer herstellen we ook de natuur en de vismigratie in het Haringvliet.



In order to increase exposure and facilitate market introduction of Dutch water and technology sector innovations, educational and research institutes have joined forces with (local) authorities and entrepreneurs in the region of Zuid-Holland to create the Valorisation Programme Delta Technology & Water (VPdelta). The programme is currently in its second phase (2016 -2019).