Designing for Biodiversity

lectureLecture “Designing for biodiversity” for Arts & Nature symposium St. Joost

On the 4th and 5th of november St. Joost Art Academy organised a symposium titled “INTERDISCIPLINAIR”. Maike van Stiphout (DS landscape architects) opened the 5th of november with the keynote lecture “Designing for Biodiversity”.

We are going to “live with life” instead of killing it, as Lidewij Edelkoort states. The spacial planning is still very antropocentric but in the near future we’re going to share our cities with the animals and plants.

Maike showed the students and teachers of St. Joost some interdisciplinary projects of her office DS; Landscape park Poelgeest, Biesbosch Station and Sharing the Shelter. She also showed work of the students and alumni of the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam, e.g. Zoutkristallen (Marit Janse) , De Ceuvel in Amsterdam (Delva Landscape Architects and space& matters), Wadland (Bruno Doedens Academie van Bouwkunst) and Secret Operation 610 (Frank Havermans, Ronald Rietveld) to illustrate the interdisciplinairy way of working and its results.

Many young artists and designers are inspired by nature today. Therefore Maike’s message of the day  for this ‘next generation’: “take care of what inspires you – take care of nature”.