If the Dutch have learned one thing in the last millennium, it’s that water will always find its way to the lowest ground, even if it has to carve its own path through the landscape to reach it.

The Dutch understand this power, and have learned to respect it. They have become masters at adapting to their environment, and are always willing to change course if they find a better way.

By making room for the river to flood, building up protections with materials found in nature, and developing a complex system of storm surge barriers, the Dutch have learned to live with water.

For example, Scheveningen in the Hague combines a new underground dike with an eye-catching designed seaside resort.