Author Archives: Maike van Stiphout

Making Urban Nature


Making Urban Nature is a book of examples about nature-inclusive designing of outdoor spaces in European cities. From different angles, this publication addresses the theory of ecology and biodiversity, animals in the city, biotopes in the city and the management of urban nature. It gives ten recommendations for nature-inclusive design, in short:
1. design a process
2. be strategic
3. design inclusively and integrally
4. make complex and diverse designs
5. design points, surfaces and lines into a coherent system
6. design with nature – not against nature
7. let nature and culture inspire you
8. design the management
9. take a stand in the discussions about nature development
10. hang on

I discovered throught this book interesting work of Edouard Francois in Paris. Get inspired to build for biodiversity this summer: Put this guide in your suitcase and visite some fine examples in our European cities.

Designing bird friendly buildings

As changes in production and construction techniques facilitated the greater use of glass, cities have become more dangerous for birds to navigate through. Untreated glass is responsible for virtually all bird collisions with buildings. The relative threat posed by a particular building depends significantly on the amount of exterior glass, as well as the type of glass used, and the presence of glass ”design traps”.
The Valley is the newest icon to be built on the Zuidas in Amsterdam, designed by MVRDV and developed by OVG. This building combines glass facades and glass balconies with an abundance of trees and shrubs on all floors. The right choice of vegetation will attract lots of birds. An existing and challenging design! But could this healthy environment for people be the death of lots of birds, making it all less pleasant?
The Canadian bird live organisation FLAP published a handbook for architects titled Bird friendly – best practices Glass. It’s full of tips and tricks. With this at hand all architects can make bird friendly buildings. And MVRDV can make the Valley a place to live for all.

Download the handbook here: http://nextcity.nl/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/BF-Best-Practices-Glass_FinalAODA_Bookmarked.pdf.zip

Int. Conference on Metropolitan Planning and Ecology

The lecture of M. van Stiphout images: http://nextcity.nl/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/lezingvogelbescherming.pdf.zip

The Dutch Birdlife is contributing to a nature inclusive city. On March 23, we immerse ourselves in the city of the future and we celebrate the successes that have been achieved so far. We’ll be inspired by experts in the field of nature inclusive urban planning and construction. And we’ll hear what birds ‘tell’ us on the future of the built environment.

The development in a dense urban areas, such as the Netherlands and metropolitan regions in other countries, is longing for the combination of good planning including the needs of all that lives.

Builders, architects, planners, managers and conservationists can fully collaborate in creating an urban environment that is good for people and birds. Birds in this context are an indicator of the quality of our environment.

There are sustainable solutions for many urban problems. With the protection program for city birds the Dutch Birdlife has been with 10 years experience here!
The speakers are:
. Ken Yeang – Architect (Malaysia)
. Patricia Zurita – Director of BirdLife International (UK)
. Maike van Stiphout – DS landscape architects & Academy of Architecture (NL)
. Ruud Foppen – Extraordinary professor Integrated Conservation Biology (NL)
. Redmond O’Hanlon – Author and adventurer (UK)

Isolating for biodiversity

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“Stroomversnelling”  (‘Rapids of electricity’) is the name of a Dutch coalition of builders, housing associations, banks, suppliers and communities. They combine energy saving with building for nature. Their goal is to facilitate the permit process for renovating identic row houses to a ‘zero-on-the-meter’ energy efficiency.
Our massive post war building production is much better isolated than those built before but also less suitable for the nesting of many species, such as bats, swifts and sparrows. Will the Zero-on-the-meter efforts reduce once again the housing opportunities for many animals?

The Netherlands are champions in efficient building. “Stroomversnelling” developed the NOM-quality mark. With this quality mark the renovation strategy meets all requirements to be zero-on-the-meter and can be approved quickly by the council. One of the assets is that the NOM quality mark includes nesting facilities for bats, swifts and sparrows in the walls and roofs of NOM-houses. “Stroomversnelling” acts proactive. They go beyond the EU laws to protect habitats, animal and plant species to ease the permit process. The building industry aims at renovating at least 110,000 homes in the coming years. On this scale the Dutch approach is a great opportunity for biodiversity. The districts with NOM-houses will likely be a walhalla for bats, swifts and sparrows!

www.stroomversnelling.nl
http://stroomversnelling.instantmagazine.com/

Tanks for Toads

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I never thought that we would need tanks to protect the endangered ‘yellow bellied toad’. Recently an army tank drove through the nature reserve Mattheiser Wald. This time it was not an army exercise but it was ‘rolling for biodiversity’.
A toad demands for her eggs virgin, sunny, new, shallow ponds. Biologists discovered that tanks make the perfect pools to deposit their eggs. The result of the ride is a beautiful architectural print. They made a charming egg deposit design. This is just the beginning, let’s design prints to increase biodiversity!

NRC 29-30 oktober, Wetenschapsbijlage, de kleine wetenschap, Hester van Santen

All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others

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Cats are a serious threat for the biodiversity, is the conclusion of the research of Pete Marra and his college Tom Will. They wrote the book “Cat wars”. Pete and Tom researched the role of human beings in the extinction of birds. Which part of the loss is not caused by virus or other natural ennemies but by us.
Kate Orff, a well known American landscape architect, showed during a lecture on the landscape biennale in Barcelona, a matrix of photos of dead birds . She collected lots of dead birds at the foot of glass buildings, noise screens and infrastructural elements. The findings, with passport, were sent to the National Road Department. I hope they shaped the building code into a more bird friendly one. .
The two researchers concluded that nor the glass buildings, the infrastructural elements, the windmills, the cars or electricity cables were the most devastating of human actions but our domesticated cats.
There goes a big chunk of the stewardship for endangered bird species, because most people love their cats more than anything else.

Master class “Working with nature,,

Leidsche Rijn, 8 juli 2015 Willem Alexanderpark Foto: Walter Herfst

Leidsche Rijn, 8 juli 2015
Willem Alexanderpark
Foto: Walter Herfst

Organization master class: DS, Yuka Yoshida
Partners: Academy of Architecture, Tree nursery Het Groene Huis, Nextcity.nl
Date: October 15, 2016 from 9:00 to 16:00h at Boskoop
Fee: 149,- euro exclusive 21% BTW
Language: Dutch

Living with nature improves the quality of life. And nature is increasingly important for citizens. What few know is that the Dutch do have a long tradition of designing with nature.

Well known is that plants in the city reduces urban problems such as heat stress and catch small dust particals in the air. And that the effects of climate change such as heavy rainfall, are mitigated by trees, retaining rainwater. A bird song in the morning makes us happy. And patients cure faster with a window view on nature.

The master class starts with a lecture by Professor Dr. Erik A. de Jong on the Dutch history of
Designing with Nature. The urge to live with nature originates in the late 19th century. The designer will gain insight into the current design trend in the perspective of time, the idea of nature and the architects at that time.

Plants and animals are bound to each other, the knowledge about who does it with whom, increases day by day. Fred Booy uses the knowledge in designing planting plans. He tells about the balance between aesthetics (E) and ecology (E) an the hand of his own work. The public space has more and more flowers. He will explain the new management of green in the cities, the economic side (E). The designer learns to think according to the three E’s.

In the third lecture Ir. Maike van Stiphout tells what a Nature Inclusive City is and what benefits people have when we start designing for plants and animals. The designer collects valuable arguments and references to inspire its clients to make nature inclusive developments.

The master class will take place at the tree nursery Het Groene Huis in Boskoop. An excursion on the nature based nursery, guided by owner Fred Booy, is part of the master class.

For more information look at dsla.nl

ZIKA

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Those who live with us are not always our friends. Argentina recently introduced two hunters of Aedes mosquito larvae to kill them: fish and toads.
In El Salvador they consider since long mosquito larvae fish food! The El Salvadorian government distributes Samba fish to those having stagnant water. Drinking water in barrels is the perfect biotope for larvae and many poor people have this. They say the method saved the population from dengue and ZIKA.
Argentina has two new friends to fight the mosquito: fish and toads. You can buy them on the Argentinean market today for 7 dollars each.

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/02/04/el-salvador-fights-zika-with-mosquito-eating-fish/
And for those who do speak Spanish:

www.huisjeboompjebeter.nl

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Atelier Groenblauw launched in collaboration with various water boards and municipalities the HuisjeBoompjeBeter app. This free app helps users to make their home and garden climate resistant. You can find it in the app store on your mobile phone. The app allows you to live not only more sustainable and more comfortable but also contribute to a pleasant city with a climate-resilient environment.

The House Boompje Better app responds to the changing climate and especially gives practical tips that are easy and quick to carry out in order to live comfortably in the future. The app provides access to practical tips to make your home climate-proof and easily compare your eco-score with others. Anyone with a house with its own roof, balcony or garden can now contribute to a climate resilient environment!

Look also for:
Urban green-Blue grids for sustainable and dynamic cities, Hiltrud Pötz and co-author Pierre Bleuze.