”Where can we find your theory?” People often ask me after a lecture about nature inclusive design. This guide is the answer to that question”, Maike van Stiphout says in the introduction of “The first guide to nature inclusive design”. “With the projects I realised in my life I changed the world a little. I’m the daughter of a biologist, who became a landscape architect with love for nature. The vast and intricate entanglement of ecosystems and cities has always animated me.”
Landscape architecture is the only profession designing with urban ecosystems. It’s time for architects and urbanists, commissioners and the building industry to join in, because nature inclusive design leads to better quality of life for all beings.
Urban ecosystems are extensive and improving them is a complex task. But many small projects together do have a positive impact. This insight made us decide to create this guide for city builders. The knowledge acquired through the years is crystallised into a compact, practical theory in which you follow three rules to make a nature inclusive project. An easy start for beginners.
And since we have only just begun to build for biodiversity, we call it the first guide. Who’s next?
The guide costs 25,00 euro incl. VAT 9%, exclusive shipment costs. It is also available at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture and at ARCAM (Amsterdam Architecture centre).
For ordering please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org including number of books, name and directions. You’ll get in return an invoice with shipment costs and once paid it will be sent to you.
Based upon the notion that buildings are part of urban nature, future tender procedures and selling of land to developers in The Hague will linked to compulsory ‘Green Points’. Depening on e.g. the size of a plot developers and constructors receive e.g. ‘hard’ points for nesting boxes for bats and birds, and ‘soft’ points for green roofs and gardens. The points are legally binding and are a part of the contract when obtaining the plot. Read the press release from 14th of March 2019 from the Municipality online. The system will be introduced step by step, read more on the official municipal documents here (commissiebrief, Dutch only).
In the press release The Hague Municipality explains the ambition to stimulate biodversity: fauna and flora. There are 3 categories such as nesting facilities, green roofs and walls and other measurements in the built environment. The system was developed together with project developers and intends to give clear demands of what is expected by the parties in the design and building sector.
See the documents (Dutch only) of the Municipality of The Hague from November 2016 and October 2016 that are on the basis of this new system of Green Points.
Image courtesy stadszaken.nl, see a recent article on the issue online @ stadszaken.nl.
The winners of the 2019 MIPIM/AR Future Project Awards have just been announced. This year’s awards celebrated 35 projects from around the globe with 15 winning projects being honoured at a prestigious prize giving ceremony and a further 20 being commended for their work. The ceremony was concluded with the announcement of the Future Project of the Year which was won by MVSA Architects + Stefano Boeri Architetti for their Wonderwoods project.
The Mipim/AR Awards promotes excellence in unbuilt or incomplete projects including Big Urban Projects, Sports & Stadiums, Tall Buildings and Regeneration & Masterplanning. See this year’s winners below or click here for a full list of all projects.
The XXII Triennale di Milano, Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, highlights the concept of restorative design and studies the state of the threads that connect humans to their natural environments––some frayed, others altogether severed. In exploring architecture and design objects and concepts at all scales and in all materials, Broken Nature celebrates design’s ability to offer powerful insight into the key issues of our age, moving beyond pious deference and inconclusive anxiety. By turning its attention to human existence and persistence, the XXII Triennale will promote the importance of creative practices in surveying our species’ bonds with the complex systems in the world, and designing reparations when necessary, through objects, concepts, and new systems.
Broken Nature is composed of a thematic exhibition and a number of international participations solicited through official channels. It will run from March 1 to September 1, 2019.
More info see www.brokennature.org
With the nature award The Green Crown the province of Utrecht encourages everyone to protect nature in this province (image show winners of last edition). The 2019 theme: Nature in and around the built environment. Do you have an initiative with a positive effect on biodiversity in and around the built environment of the province? Then register your initiative by 1 June 2019 at the latest. The winners receive a prize worth € 6,000. Architect Mathias Lehner of nextcity.nl will be part of this year’s jury. More info about the competition is available online.
The Municipality of the Dutch City of Breda has developed a vision for the future that incorporates quality of life and biodiversity as crucial elements with as a goal to be the first European City in a Green Park in 2030.
Nextcity.nl is involved at a special conference on the topic that intends to involve builders, developers and housing corporations. Maike van Stiphout is speaking as key note, and Mathias Lehner is moderator for the entire conference.
Due to massive interest the location had to be changed. More than 200 professionals have signed up by now. Join us via signing up online!
Conference: Breda City in the Park
Date: 21st of March 2019
Time: 12:00 – 18:00 hrs
Location: Podium Bloos, Speelhuislaan 153, Breda (NL)
The conference is conducted in Dutch. English translation available.
The French website Capitales Francaises de la Biodiversité calls for entries for the competition of the city of Biodiversity 2019. This year the price is given to a city who works on biodiversity related to the climate adaptation and erosion prevention. In 2018 Besancon won the price which focussed on design and maintenance activities of natural areas in the city. The picture shows the cities herd of goats. You can find a lot of information on the side under tab “Presentation”.
The site offers also information about other activities launched by the French state, such as regional workshops, webinars and partners. For those who read French it’s very interesting to dive into!
French cities for Biodiversity
The Delta Program for Biodiversity was presented last Wednesday, December 19th: The Dutch strategy to work on the restoration of our nature. Of course, Amsterdam can not stay behind. Some parties joined in the initiative for an Amsterdam chapter in the Delta Plan. In the spring of 2019, a broad coalition of involved organizations from urban planning and nature development will gather around a “Manifesto for a Wild Amsterdam”.
In recent years Amsterdam has become an escape hill for plants and animals, but at the same time we are losing more and more nature in the city. What if we say that Amsterdam does not have 800,000 but many billions of inhabitants? What if WE is not just about people, but is also being built for plants and animals in new Amsterdam? What if we see Amsterdam as a inhabited nature reserve instead of a city with public gardens?
We would like to build a rich city with you. You can download the announcement in the link:
fourpager biodivers Amsterdam
Deltaplan Biodiversiteit: www.samenvoorbiodiversiteit.nl20181221_fourpager biodiversAmsterdam
Today the Community of Practice of the programme Building + Biodiversity started. The CoP is a group of nature experts, developers, builders, communicators, urbanists, architects and landscape architects with own practice and working for cities and provinces and the state. The CoP shares the interest in and knowledge of building for biodiversity in the urban areas. Nextcity.nl partner Maike van Stiphout gave the kickoff lecture today teaching the 3 rules to make a project nature inclusive. Robbert Snep gave a lecture and workshop focussing on the building process. The moderator was Jelle de Jong, director IVN.
The Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO) organises the programme (www.bouwenplusbiodiversiteit.nl). The goal is to accelerate the introduction of nature inclusive building in the whole building chain: from ambitions until construction and maintenance. The programme launched the open call for the best nature inclusive project, the winner will be announced Spring 2019.
link to folder of the 3 rules to make a project nature inclusive (NL)
artist impression: Martijn de Koning
This afternoon 9 architecture offices presented their nature inclusive designs. The bigger the office the bolder the proposals. The smallest project was Hiltrud Pötz and DS biodivers garden shed.
The city of Den Haag will soon introduce a point system for nature inclusive design, like Malmö did. They invited 9 architecture offices to make use of the not yet published point system by making in one month a nature inclusive sketch of a building somewhere in the city. Today’s input will be used to improve the point system and to get illustrations of possible outcomes of using the system.
The projects showed that increasing biodiversity is never a stand alone project. The reason to have flora and fauna in architecture is that it delivers us ecosystem services. It helps us with water retention and evaporation, cleaning grey water and cooling and cleaning city air. It has a social service making people more happy and healthy.
The worries came from the old ones. The long term succes of gardens and pots on balconies depends on the maintenance structure. ING building in Bijlmer has a garden team serving already 25 years. This is exceptional but should be the norm. Else we should stop drawing trees on top of buildings!
download poster: poster biodivers garden shed