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Multispecies Urbanism

Due to the ecological destruction of the countryside, biodiversity in cities is now often much greater than in rural environments. As evolutionary ‘hotspots’, species in urban environments have to adapt rapidly to new conditions. Moreover, encounters with ever-new species leads to the emergence of changing food chains. So far, this diversity is hardly reflected in current design practice, and cities have been developed almost exclusively as human habitats. The Multispecies Urbanism learning trail of the Neuhaus curriculum concentrates on inclusive forms of urban development, which takes the needs of all the species that inhabit a city into consideration.

Maike van Stiphout

Maike van Stiphout is director of DS landscape architects and former head of the master Landscape Architecture at the Academy of Architecture of Amsterdam. DS is a studio for landscape architecture specialised in biodiversity, nurturing the idea that more species, among which plants and animals, increase the qualities of our cities. 

De Natuurlijke Stad

De Natuurlijke Stad is a collaboration between architects, urban designers, city-gardeners, and ecologists with the objective to enhance the urban ecological network and enlarge the biodiversity. Together they work on nature-inclusive projects, research, and publications. The authors of Making Urban Nature, Jacques Vink, Piet Vollaard, en Niels de Zwarte, are part of De Natuurlijke Stad.


17:30 – 19:00
also this evening

17:30-19:00 Book launch: Nature-Inclusive Design in the City

18:00-19:30 Thursday Bite 

19:00-21:00 Guest Programme: The Battle Between Working And Living In Current Spatial Development

19:00-21:00 Night Shift How was it? A summary of all the conferences you had to miss

19:30-21:00 Design Dialogues: Ghostwriting Files x Onomatopee

20:00-22:00 Guest Programme Marathon: The City That Never Sleeps

Museum is free of charge from 17:00-21:00 


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Free entrance, RSVP via ticket link 

Thursday Night at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Luca Napoli

Thursday Night Live! is a weekly programme of lectures, screenings and discussions on architecture, design and digital culture. Developments and critical insights are discussed by thinkers, designers and makers from the Netherlands and abroad.