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Sea levels are rising, housing shortages are growing, trust in government is falling. These are tormentors that you cannot drive out with the system that produces them. Change occurs at the margins, we know from evolutionary theories. 

That explains why cities like Berlin and Barcelona cherish their free spirits, unlike ‘s-Hertogenbosch that opts to rather curb such unorthodoxy – at least, that is the experience of the houseboat residents at Ertveldplas. After losing their tolerated status, an encroaching nearby industrial estate means they have to move. So the municipal council came up with an phase-out scheme: if the main resident dies, the houseboat has to go. Het Watervolk van de Ertveldplas (The water people of Ertveldlake) shows a different scenario: they show a city that opts for systems over individuality, that goes up in smoke.