Author Archives: Mathias Lehner

The Hague develops system of points and publishes magazine to stimulate biodiverse construction

Professionals keep asking where they can find knowledge and guidance when it comes to biodiverse design and building. Next to nextcity.nl’s own ‘First Guide’ (which has been introduced at the Building Holland Fair in March and will be presented on the 22nd of May 2019 at Arcam) the municipality in The Hague published ‘De Stad Natuurlijk’ (The City, naturally) last month which inspires with examples and introduces in more detail the development of a system of points to stimulate biodiverse and nature-inclusive building. I. Mulder of the The Hague Municipality, department urbanism and planning is editor of the publication that has primarily been issued in an edition of 600.

The magazine ‘De Stad Natuurlijk’ (Dutch only) can also be downloaded for free here. All material is (c) Municipality of The Hague.

The Hague presents ‘Green Points’ for green and nature inclusive building


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

Green Crown Competition Utrecht


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 n
extcity.nl will be part of this year’s jury. More info about the competition is available online.

Conference on ‘Breda, City in the Park’


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.

 

 

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