Working towards academic knowledge integration

Facilitating integral design of multifunctional flood defenses

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Abstract

The MFFD
research program aims for integral design of multifunctional flood defenses. A team
of academic researchers from multiple disciplinary backgrounds would integrate their
knowledge to reach this goal. The aim of the current research project was to
design and organize an interactive trajectory by means of Action Research to
facilitate the collaboration process within the research program. This was
easier said than done. In the very first team meeting, the researchers discussed
‘the definition of a MFFD’, and it became clear that many concepts featuring in
the design of a MFFD meant different things to different participants. The
challenge became clear: how could we integrate these different perspectives
towards an integral design?