Author Archives: Maike van Stiphout

Bioloop in Delft

foto: Diny Tubbing

The city of Delft in the Netherlands is the first city with the Bioloop, a playful floating element for people to go into the water and small swimming animals to get out. The Bioloop is worked out into a design by The initial idea is made during the research project Building for Biodiversity 2015, by three students Rick Groeneveld, Liselot Rambonnet and Tom Nederstigt. Their aim is to connect people with nature in the city in a pleasant way.

The city ecologist of Delft, Diny Tubbing, adopted the idea for the project Spoorzone – Coendersbuurt. An new development area near the central station, with many canals.


An evening about Nature Inclusive Design the 22nd of May

May 22nd is the International Day of Biodiversity. Architecture Center Amsterdam does not want to let this pass unnoticed and is organizing an evening on nature-inclusive design on Wednesday 22 May 2019.

In 2014, the Amsterdam Architecture Center and landscape architect Maike van Stiphout (DS landscape architects) organized an initial study to increase biodiverstity in the city. Five years later, Maike van Stiphout bundles her findings in the First Guide to Nature Inclusive Design.

Amsterdam is a green city and this makes Amsterdam attractive to live in. Biodiversity is dropping terribly. Designers can do a lot to help nature. On the International Day of Biodiversity, the Amsterdam Architecture Center invites you to join in the discussion about the upcoming Green Vision Amsterdam, Jip Louw Kooijmans tells about how birds adapt to changing circumstances and Maike van Stiphout presents her book.

Program and speakers

Geertje Wijten
Geertje Wijten, Project Leader Green Vision for Spatial Planning and Sustainability of the Municipality of Amsterdam, talks about the plans that the municipality is developing for the Green Vision. Geertje will also ask our guests to think about our green city.

Jip Louwe Kooijmans
Jip Louwe Kooijmans talks about his experience as a program coordinator at Bird Life Netherlands. He is a specialist in the field of birds in urban areas and gives his vision of Amsterdam.

Maike van Stiphout
According to Maike van Stiphout, not only the landscape architect should be concerned with nature-inclusive design, but also the urban planners and the architects. Together we can make a difference. To share her methods, she wrote the first guide for nature-inclusive design, about which will be officially launched this evening.

Day of Biodiversity, Nature-inclusive design
Date: Wednesday, May 22
Time: 8 p.m. start / 7.30 p.m. door open
Location: Architectuurcentrum Amsterdam, Prins Hendrikkade 600
Ticket: € 7.50
Language: Dutch

The First Guide – for sale now

”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 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.

French city for Biodiversity competition 2019

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

Manifesto for a Wild Amsterdam

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

Community of Practice Building + Biodiversity programme

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. 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 ( 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)

A nature inclusive garden shed

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

Fachtagung Animal-Aided Design im Wohnumfeld

Thursday 17.01.2019, 09.30-16.00 Uhr
Deutsches Architekturzentrum (DAZ)
Wilhelmine-Gemberg-Weg 6, 10179 Berlin
Inscibe at:
The symposium is free but restricted.
Language: German

Seit Anfang 2017 wird die Voruntersuchung zum Entwicklungs- und Erprobungsvorhaben Animal-Aided Design (AAD) – Einbeziehung von Tierbedürfnissen in die Planung und Gestaltung von Freiräumen als Kooperationsprojekt der Technischen Universität München und der Universität Kassel vom Bundesamt für Naturschutz (BfN) mit Mitteln des Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit (BMU) gefördert. Der Fokus der Betrachtung liegt auf den gebäudebezogenen Freiflächen im Wohnungsbau. Im Rahmen des Forschungsprojektes sollte geprüft werden, für welche Tierarten, für welche Projekte des Wohnungsbaus und in welchen Phasen der Objektplanung eine Anwendung der Methode AAD in der Stadt generell erfolgsversprechend ist.

Mit der Fachtagung Animal-Aided Design im Wohnumfeld sollen die Ergebnisse der Voruntersuchung vorgestellt und mit Akteur*innen aus Planung, Naturschutz und Wohnungswirtschaft diskutiert werden. Präsentiert werden die Ergebnisse der bundesweiten Umfrage unter Wohnungsbauunternehmen zur Rolle von Wildtieren im Wohnumfeld, die Entwürfe von zehn Beispielprojekten und die Erfahrungen der an der Studie beteiligten Wohnungsbauunternehmen mit AAD. Diskutiert werden die Hindernisse und Potentiale zur Artenförderung im Wohnumfeld bei Neubau, Sanierung und in der Pflege der Gebäude und Freiflächen. Vorgestellt und diskutiert werden die Erfahrungen mit Artenförderung in der alltäglichen Praxis von Stadtentwicklung und Naturschutz und erfolgreiche internationale Ansätze und Beispiele.

Dutch Birdlife (vogelbescherming) launched the checklist for nature inclusive building. This website contains all you need to know about the animals that want to live with us in the buildings. What they look like, their habitat preferences, the prefab nesting elements we designed for them and much more.
The most interesting part of the website is “the options menu” for house owners, architects and builders. Imagin you want to make your house more biodiverse. You fill in all the questions, press ENTER and you get a personalised advice in your email box a little while later. As I was doing this I pictured a birdlife watcher sitting on his desk answering personally my questions. So nice, try it out yourself!

Go to the side directly:

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, will be there as well. Maike van Stiphout will give on the 25th of Octobre a lecture about nature inclusive design.

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