This double booklaunch initiates a cross-pollination between two recently published guidebooks to nature-inclusive design in the city: the First Guide to Nature Inclusive Design and Making Urban Nature. Both books will be presented by Maike van Stiphout and Piet Vollaard, followed by a response of Gerjan Streng (BRIGHT). The event will be moderated by Marieke Berkers and is organised together with NAi Booksellers.
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 Book launch: Nature-Inclusive Design in the City
18:00-19:30 Thursday Bite
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
3015 CB Rotterdam
Free entrance, RSVP via ticket link