In conversation with the (demissionary) Minister for Housing and Spatial Planning of the Netherlands

Our colleague Mona zum Felde joined a meeting with Hugo de Jonge alongside other urban designers and landscape architects. They talked about how the strength of design can be incorporated and utilized better in the current policy and governance landscape of existing and future spatial transitions and challenges. The meeting was organized by BNSP and NVTL.

Foto: Corstiaan van Pelt

Sustainable agricultural transformation in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

Climate change is set to have a major impact on agricultural water management in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. While this poses a threat to today’s agricultural system, it’s also an opportunity to transition to more sustainable and high-value forms of agriculture that are better suited to new approaches to water management.

Together with Wageningen University & Research, assigned by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Vietnam, we developed a strategy to transform agriculture to make it better suited to changing circumstances such as salinity and drought.

For more information, including a downloadable info graphic, click here.

Anne Loes Nillesen schreef een artikel voor Vakblak Bodem van Bodembreed Academie

“Als we op lange termijn in deze delta willen blijven wonen en werken, dan moeten we echt andere keuzes maken. Er is meer ruimte nodig voor water. Ook moeten er toekomstbestendige (locatie)keuzen voor nieuwe woon- en werklocaties worden gemaakt.” Els Otterman van Hoogheemraadschap De Stichtse Rijnlanden.

Anne Loes Nillesen schreef voor Vakblak Bodem van Bodembreed Academie een artikel over de geschiktheidskaart voor woon- en werklocaties die Defacto maakte. Bodembreed Academie is een initiatief van Stichting Bodembeheer Nederland SIKB – Kennis van kwaliteit in bodem en archeologie en KOBO-HO.

Interview with Anne Loes Nillesen: Build bridge between design and practice

Our Founding Director Anne Loes Nillesen and Tess Broekmans were interviewed on their new appointment as Urban Design professor at TU Delft.

“TU Delft plays a crucial role in tackling major societal challenges. We need good designers for that.” As the new appointed Urban Design professors, Anne Loes Nillesen and Tess Broekmans will bring valuable insights to the academic world and vice versa with their practical experience.

“We face major, societal challenges and changes that require long-term strategies that can in time adapt,” says Anne Loes Nillesen. And Tess Broekmans states: “Urban design is a slow process. A design must be able to respond to changes.”

Read the full interview here.

Mona zum Felde gives pitch at the ‘Dag van de Ontwerpkracht’

During the second edition of the ‘Dag van de Ontwerpkracht’ (Day of Design Power) our colleague Mona zum Felde gave a pitch at the Masterclass ‘Op waterbasis: wat betekent het als we water en bodem echt sturend maken?’ (Water-based: what does it mean when we make water and soil truly guiding?). The pitch, together with pitches from Stijn Koole (BoschSlabbers landscape architects) and Marco Hoogvliet (Deltares), was input for a panel discussion that focused on the importance of water and soil as guiding principle, what that means for developments, and how design can both contribute and benefit from this.

Geschiktheidskaart bodem en water voor woon- en werklocaties in de provincie Utrecht

Defacto heeft samen met de Utrechtse waterpartners een geschiktheidskaart voor woon- en werklocaties in de provincie Utrecht ontwikkeld. Deze kaart geeft inzicht in de geschiktheid voor nieuwe woon- en werklocaties vanuit het water- en bodemsysteem en klimaatverandering. De kaart vormt daarmee de ruimtelijke vertaalslag van het principe ‘water en bodem sturend’.

Programma Mooi Nederland

Voor het programma Mooi Nederland heeft Defacto bouwstenen voor ontwerpers ontwikkeld voor de transitie water en bodem sturend in stedelijk gebied. Deze vormen binnen dit programma (samen met bouwstenen voor de energietransitie en mobiliteit) de basis voor integrale handelingsperspectieven die middels ontwerpend onderzoek zullen worden ontwikkeld. Deze perspectieven maken inzichtelijk hoe complexe opgaven zo gecombineerd kunnen worden dat de ruimtelijke kwaliteit versterkt wordt.

Galveston Field Trip and Workshop with Local Stakeholders

Like many coastal cities, Galveston (Texas, USA) faces increasing flood risk challenges. A Ring Barrier Plan, is proposed to protect the area against storm surges. The barrier design consists of several concrete walls and barriers and will be complemented with a rainwater drainage system. During a field visit and design workshop together with local stakeholders, we discussed spatial impacts and potential spatial optimization of the Ring Barrier Plan.

Anne Loes Nillesen has been appointed Professor at TU Delft

We’re very proud to share that our founder Anne Loes Nillesen has been appointed Professor of Urban Design at TU Delft Urbanism Department. She will be focusing on strengthening the connection between research and design, integral design methodologies and associated multidisciplinary work-forms, and linking design with societal challenges, amongst which, climate change.

Anne Loes will of course remain active as Founding Director for Defacto Urbanism.

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