Ecofield graduation plan


Joyce Verstijnen is the author of the graduation plan Ecofield, with which she was nominated for the Archiprix NL 2018. Ecofield introduces a new strategy to strengthen ecosystems in the Netherlands using architecture designed for dwellers, flora and fauna.
“The present Dutch policy on preserving named the Dutch Nature Network (NNN), focuses on the nature reserves, ignoring the contribution the urban fabric can make to Dutch biodiversity”, Joyce writes. To illustrate the urban contribution the young architect proposes a recreational and contemplative walk along eight follies. The design of the follies respond to the abiotic and biotic conditions of the landscape. The architecture serves the local flora and fauna in many ways. The design offers the visitors a unique view on that what lives with us on these places.

The fusion of architecture, landscape and biodiversity is presented in a 7 meter long hand drawn cross section. It stresses our conclusion that the cross section is by far the most usefull tool to develop and design for biodiversity. And this one is extremely beautiful!

for more info: http://www.archiprix.nl/national/index.php?project=3904

Mathias Lehner speaks on biodiverse cities in Gent (Belgium), 7th of June 2018

Upon invitation of the Flemish Confederation of Building (VCB) Mathias will give a key note at the Urban Renewal  & Green study day in Gent. Other speakers include the Flemish minister for environment, nature and agriculture Joke Schauvliege and Isabelle Verhaert of the Belgian developer Revive. The afternoon program includes contributions by Roan Vanboeckel (Kairos), Kathleen Smolders (Ecocities), Geert Heyneman (city of Gent), Wim Verheyden (INBO) and Bert Swennen (Bam Contractors).

Location: De Krook, Miriam Makebaplein 1, Gent
Date: Thursday, 7th of June 2018
Time: Study Day 10:00 – 17:30 hrs; Key note by Mathias Lehner at 10:50 hrs

Sign up online for participation.

1st Festival of Urban Landscapes for Nature & People, London 21 & 22 July 2018

The 1st ever Festival of Urban Landscapes for Nature and People is coming! 21 & 22 July near London – amazing line-up including:
Laura Gatti – landscape designer of Bosco Verticale Milan Winner of the RIBA’s Award for International Excellence 2018, Nanjing Vertical Forest, Forêt Blanche Paris www.lauragatti.it
Dusty Gedge – activist and green roof designer, author of the London Green Roof Policy, Director of Livingroofs.org, President of the EFB
John Little – award-winning greenspace manager Clapton Park Estate Hackney, co-author of Green Roof DIY Guide and Small Green Roofs
Arit Anderson – award-winning garden designer, Diamond Hill, BBC2 Gardeners’ World presenter, communicator for nature and people https://twitter.com/diamondhill2012
Gary Grant – ecologist, masterplanner, green infrastructure expert, author of seminal books Ecosystem Services Come to Town and The Water Sensitive City, living walls including Rubens Palace Hotel www.greeninfrastructureconsultancy.com
Ed Snodgrass – award-winning US plantsman and horticulturalist, President of Emory Knoll Farms www.greenroofplants.com
Wendy Allen – Garden Consultant, Sustainable Garden Gold Medal at RHS Hampton Court, community rain garden designer/builder https://www.wendyallendesigns.co.uk/
Also activist Sara Venn of Edible Bristol, Richard Scott of the National Wildflower Centre and more.
Limited places, booking here: https://lnkd.in/g3wFaHH

Laura Gatti – planting specialist Bosco Verticale

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Laura Gatti, landscape designer and co-designer of the multi-award-winning ‘Bosco Verticale’ by architect Stefano Boeri in Milan, shares with us the challenges, the failures and the successes of trees integrated in buildings in her 1·Lecture on 24 May.The one-lectures is organised by Amsterdam Academy of Architecture and ARCAM.

Date: Thursday 24 May 2018
Time: 8 PM
Location: Academy of Architecture Amsterdam, Waterlooplein 213
Tickets: €5,- (single lecture), buy tickets at www.arcam.nl

nextcity.nl & Amsterdam Academy of Architecture at Venice Biennale

From the 24th of May 2018 onwards nexcity.nl & Amsterdam Academy of Architecture will be part of the Programa Collaterale Oficiale della Biennale di Architecture di Venezia 2018 with a contribution to the Space Time Existence exhibition at Palazzo Mora. Invited by the Europen Cultural Centre (ECC) We showcase recent student and alumnus projects that have been created at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture. Maike van Stiphout is head of the department of landscape architecture and Mathias Lehner teaches at the academy.

The projects show the wide range of biodiverse design in scale and size. They show both the  XL – a new city district, IJburg Amsterdam and the S – an architectural object such as a seal island in the IJ Amsterdam. The authors of the student projects are Jeroen Boon, Sjaak Punt, Anne van der Graaf, Joske van Breugel, Nyasha Harper, Lieke de Jong  and Marlena Rether. The project N1 Sloterdijk is designed by alumnus Donna van Milligen Bielke. N1 is in the final design phase.

The exhibition opens on May 24th, 2018 in Palazzo Mora, 18-22:00hrs with an exclusive preview and opening party. Join us in the heart of Venice, Strada Nuova #3659. For more information and signing up please send an email at mathias@nextcity.nl.

The exhibition will be open 10-18:00 hrs daily (except Tuesdays) until 25th of November 2018. More info and directions see www.palazzomora.org.

 

 

 

Lisbon Green Corridor

Over many decades, the city of Lisbon has faced agressive urban development in its peripheral neighborhoods, coupled with depopulation in the historical centre due to a combination of abandoned and aging buildings, aging population, lack of infrastructures and general deterioration of the quality of life.To tackle these challenges and increase the city’s resilience to climate change, the city of Lisbon has taken a series of measures in the framework of a Master Development Plan and a Biodiversity Action Plan, which have resulted in the implementation of new green infrastructures and nature-based solutions. Creating new green spaces and connecting them through green corridors has been one of the priorities of the municipality.

Between 2009 and 2017, about 190 ha of new green areas were created, spread over a total of 6 green corridors. The general plan of the Green Corridor was established decades ago by Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles, a Portuguese landscape architect who also designed two important parks.The Main Green Corridor, a 2.3 km long green corridor connecting the Monsanto Forest Park to the city centre through Eduardo VII Park, is considered as the city’s largest green infrastructure. Creating these green areas and green connections has a cooling effect that counteracts the ‘urban heat island’ effect typical of southern European cities. Studies showed that even small green areas, such as trees along the streets, contribute to significantly mitigating the ‘heat island’ effect.

(c) Architects Council of Europe

Via Verde Mexico

Planned in 2016 and realized in 2017 “Via Verde” (Green Way) tries to reduce high pollution levels and make Mexico City less grim. It should produce oxygen for 2500 people and filter 27.000 tons of gases, capture 5000 kg of dust and to process more than 10.000 kg of heavy metals. The project first came to light when Change.org published the initiative and collected 80.000 signatures. As a result, the city council approved the project. The project consists of up t 60.000 m2 of vertical gardens on highway columns with drip irrigation systems using rain water. Designed by architect Fernand Ortiz Monasterio from Verde Vertical Via Verde aspires to become the world’s largest nature-urban regeneration project.

Learn more about the plans on Urbanizehub and watch a video from February 2017.

Dutch policy on building for biodiversity


“Sustainability is more than saving energy . It’s also the conservation and development of biodiversity. With small interventions on buildings, such as architectural modifications to the design or the adaptation of a working method or the materials to be used, much can be achieved for biodiversity and liveability in the city. And even more can be achieved with an approach at neighborhood level.” The Dutch government says.

The Dutch government recently opened a website to inform about building for biodiversity – natuurinclusief bouwen. They provide the definition of nature inclusive building, some technical information for architects and a checklist for urbanists and landscape architects. This list is inspired by the Malmö checklist (see earlier blog).

The links on the right sight lead to financial support for nature inclusive buildings.

for more information (it’s all written in Dutch).: https://www.rvo.nl/onderwerpen/duurzaam-ondernemen/gebouwen/technieken-beheer-en-innovatie/natuurinclusief-bouwen

Copenhagen Islands

CPH-Ø1 is a small 20m2 hand made wooden platform with a linden tree at its centre. It is a simple and iconic metaphor for an uninhabited island and represents the first taste of a completely new type of public space coming to Copenhagen. Moveable, floating, public spaces free for people to explore and conquer. The Copenhagen islands will introduce a “Parkipelago” in the city where urban development  threatens recreational spaces, but also in a global context where rising sea levels creates new challenges for urban environments. See for more info www.copenhagenislands.com/, Fokstrot. Foto (c) Airflix.