Founded in 2005 as an interdisciplinary partnership of architects, engineers and urban planners, CITYFÖRSTER now operates in ambitious projects around the world. What makes its approach so distinctive is its effort to always look at the wider context of its projects. It always looks at other improvements that can be brought about for the people living in the area where developments are planned. The result of this is that water related challenges often present themselves. Over the years, CITYFÖRSTER is finding itself increasingly involved in city planning projects where large-scale water systems and coastal protection play a pivotal role. Martin Sobota, co-founder and Director of the Netherlands CITYFÖRSTER office in Rotterdam, explains why his organisation joined the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP).