Dordrecht needs a safe place—nearby—where residents can evacuate. De Staart can function as a safe place because of its relatively high location, of an average NAP +3 meters. The municipality asked designers in the IABR-Atelier what the possibilities are with for temporarily housing 60,000 people. It turned out to be useful to also look at the housing need for Dordrecht, which asks for 10,000 new homes to be built. This is (useful) because in the current situation about 27,000 of the 60,000 people would have to take shelter in the open air on the Staart.
The parts of De Staart that are not used for industry are easily developable and offer room for experimentation and a diverse urban interpretation. However, in the current situation, De Staart is isolated and needs a quality boost. The need for a safe place in the event of a flood can therefore serve as a lever for sustainable area development, with attention to the unique location of the area and the possibilities that this offers.
The water safety as a leverage approach requires flexible space at De Staart at all times in order to be able to quickly realize the extra square meters required for peak collection during a disaster. By including space needed for the reception of evacuees and other emergency facilities in the design process, a city can be created where people not only live, but where a lot of space can also be made for recreation, education and other public facilities.