Author Archives: Maike van Stiphout

International symposium “Natur vielfalt bauen”, 24/10-25/10

The international symposium “natur vielfalt bauen” will take place Octobre 24-25 in Montforthaus Feldkirch in Austria. Urban growth, densification and the desire for a smart and energy-efficient city development need more than ever the focus on biodiversity, climate change adaptation and quality of life. The international symposium examines needs and strategies, presents trend-setting and innovative projects and enables a transdisciplinary exchange of knowledge and experience.

It is organised by Amt der Vorarlberger Landesregierung and Partners. And amongst all readings, nextcity.nl will be there as well. Maike van Stiphout will give on the 25th of Octobre a lecture about nature inclusive design.

You can register on www.naturvielfaltbauen.org<img

learning module for city planners

The site shows a selected outputs from the GREEN SURGE project. The outputs are all focused on how Urban Green Infrastructure can contribute to a sustainable future for cities by addressing major urban challenges. The challenges are related to land use conflicts, biodiversity conservation, climate change, demographic changes, a greener economy, and human health and wellbeing.

This handbook is a selection of findings and examples, compiled into policy briefs, factsheets, guidelines, recommendations, and main messages which are all tailor-made for decision-makers such as planners, policy-makers, and other practitioners.

The link – learning module – leads you to the learning module on the chapter Green Economy. The module contains an inspiring checklist which can help to shape the future of our cities by bringing the Urban Green Infrastructure concept up-front!

learning module
The GREEN SURGE Handbook

First guide for nature inclusive design

The summery of “The first guide for nature inclusive design” is launched today, published by nextcity.nl (EN). The context of the launch is the change of heads of landscape architecture at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture. This guide is but a summary to raise the money for a more extensive guide.The publishing house nai/010 wants to publish it and the EFL foundation already promised to support it.

At the moment 12 cities in the Netherlands develop policy to build for biodiversity, and more will follow. The extended guide can help planners, civil servants, developers and designers to do “the job”. Don’t hesitate to contact us when you want to sponsor “The first guide for nature inclusive design”.

pop-in expo in Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam (HNI)

Parallel to the presentation of nextcity.nl at the current Biennale di Venezia, Het Nieuwe Instituut presents the exhibition ‘Building for Biodiversity’in the context of the exhibition Dissident Gardens.

Students and alumni of the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture show nature-inclusive projects of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture. on the scales XL, L, M and S. These are new and inspiring visions on the feasibility and benefits of the biodiverse city.

On Thursday evening, September 20, Mathias Lehner, architect and research director of nextcity.nl, goes in discussion with experts and public about the urgency of the theme biodiversity as a necessity for the “Quality of Life” in the future city.

He interviews the designer of the exhibition Dissident Gardens and the artist of the new garden of the HNI Frank Bruggeman, Maike van Stiphout landscape architect and research director of nextcity.nl and researcher and urban ecologist and twitterer André de Baerdemaeker from bureau Stadsnatuur.

Programma:

19:00 uur visit exhibition
19:30 uur discussion
20:15 uur drinks for nature-inclusive networkers
21:00 uur closing time HNI

more info: projects at exposition
Dissident gardens
actueel Academie van bouwkunst Amsterdam

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

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

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

Documentary “The Nature of cities” – Timothy Beatley

The nature inclusive cities are the future human biotopes. In the documentary “The Nature of Cities” Professor Timothy Beatley explores urban projects around the world, representing the new green movement that hopes to move our urban environments beyond sustainability to a regenerative way of living. Designers, academics and ecologists from Malmö Sweden until Austin Texas, talk about the succes of their nature inclusive neighbourhoods. Some interesting quotes like the one mentioned above,lard the journey.

Citizens do invest in these neighbourhoods, in their houses, gardens and social connections. He proves that is does create better cities. After seeing all these succesfull projects you long for a documentary with new fresh examples, showing that we do continue developing nature inclusiveness in cities. Who’s next!

You can watch at: https://vimeo.com/98080426 or http://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/play/11862/The-Nature-Of-Cities

Plan Amsterdam – Building a green city


Plan Amsterdam is a magazine about physical planning, projects and developments in the city and the metropolitan region of Amsterdam. Several issues are in English. The latest magazine is about building a green city. This edition contains an interview with Maike van Stiphout about building for biodiversity.

Amsterdam residents are increasingly visiting green spaces in their neighbourhoods to relax, enjoy nature, play, exercise or meet friends. Green spaces provide an attractive environment and offers peace and tranquility. That alone is of great value in an increasingly crowded city.

Is there enough room for more green space in a densifying city? This issue of Plan Amsterdam makes it clear that we have to protect and cherish our green space. By improving the quality of this green space more Amsterdam residents and visitors will be able to enjoy it.

Read the full online version:https://issuu.com/gemeenteamsterdam/docs/planam-03-2017-eng?e=19262377%2F55651571