Author Archives: Mathias Lehner


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

nextcity.nl & Amsterdam Academy of Architecture at Venice Biennale

From the 24th of May 2018 onwards nexcity.nl & Amsterdam Academy of Architecture will be part of the Programa Collaterale Oficiale della Biennale di Architecture di Venezia 2018 with a contribution to the Space Time Existence exhibition at Palazzo Mora. Invited by the Europen Cultural Centre (ECC) We showcase recent student and alumnus projects that have been created at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture. Maike van Stiphout is head of the department of landscape architecture and Mathias Lehner teaches at the academy.

The projects show the wide range of biodiverse design in scale and size. They show both the  XL – a new city district, IJburg Amsterdam and the S – an architectural object such as a seal island in the IJ Amsterdam. The authors of the student projects are Jeroen Boon, Sjaak Punt, Anne van der Graaf, Joske van Breugel, Nyasha Harper, Lieke de Jong  and Marlena Rether. The project N1 Sloterdijk is designed by alumnus Donna van Milligen Bielke. N1 is in the final design phase.

The exhibition opens on May 24th, 2018 in Palazzo Mora, 18-22:00hrs with an exclusive preview and opening party. Join us in the heart of Venice, Strada Nuova #3659. For more information and signing up please send an email at mathias@nextcity.nl.

The exhibition will be open 10-18:00 hrs daily (except Tuesdays) until 25th of November 2018. More info and directions see www.palazzomora.org.

 

 

 

Lisbon Green Corridor

Over many decades, the city of Lisbon has faced agressive urban development in its peripheral neighborhoods, coupled with depopulation in the historical centre due to a combination of abandoned and aging buildings, aging population, lack of infrastructures and general deterioration of the quality of life.To tackle these challenges and increase the city’s resilience to climate change, the city of Lisbon has taken a series of measures in the framework of a Master Development Plan and a Biodiversity Action Plan, which have resulted in the implementation of new green infrastructures and nature-based solutions. Creating new green spaces and connecting them through green corridors has been one of the priorities of the municipality.

Between 2009 and 2017, about 190 ha of new green areas were created, spread over a total of 6 green corridors. The general plan of the Green Corridor was established decades ago by Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles, a Portuguese landscape architect who also designed two important parks.The Main Green Corridor, a 2.3 km long green corridor connecting the Monsanto Forest Park to the city centre through Eduardo VII Park, is considered as the city’s largest green infrastructure. Creating these green areas and green connections has a cooling effect that counteracts the ‘urban heat island’ effect typical of southern European cities. Studies showed that even small green areas, such as trees along the streets, contribute to significantly mitigating the ‘heat island’ effect.

(c) Architects Council of Europe