West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture Rotterdam, New York, Brussels

Bindels 160P

Edzo Bindels is director and partner of West 8 urban design & landscape architecture. Mr. Bindels graduated from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, as an Urban Designer. After working at various architectural offices and publishing successful works and articles, he joined West 8 in 1995 and became co-director in 1999.

In 2000, Mr. Bindels received the Rotterdam-Maaskant Prize for Young Architects and published his book “4. Edzo Bindels, Ruurd Gietema, Henk Hartzema, Arjan Klok”. He also took on a teaching position at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam and Rotterdam and at the Delft University of Technology.

At West 8 Mr. Bindels has led a number of complex large scale landscape urban master plan projects and winning design entries such as Madrid RIO in Madrid and Playa de Palma in Mallorca, Spain. Other important projects include the River City Gothenburg project in Sweden and within the Netherlands the masterplan for Vathorst - a residential area in Amersfoort, the Maastricht undertunneling A2 freeway - Groene Loper, Leerpark in Dordrecht, Nieuw Crooswijk in Rotterdam and Den Helder City Center and Station Area Revitalization Master Plan. Most recently Mr. Bindels has been leading the team for the Revitalization of the Coolsingel and surrounding public realm in Rotterdam's city centre.



session 4: thinking big               16.15 – 17.30

 Edzo Bindels presents his lecture titled ‘Reframe’ which will showcase examples of West 8’s urban design projects of city revitalization. These projects fulfil the need for denser development in the cities while reframing meaning of some far discounted social sustainability issues in urbanization. They are examples of how creations of a more attractive and liveable urban environment can successfully trigger new development.

Cases from Rotterdam are the Rotterdam Grondgebonden study with its extensional urban design project Nieuw Crooswijk, and the Rotterdam Central District, the formerly Centraal Station Quarter of Rotterdam. Outside the Netherlands, West 8’s Toronto Central Waterfront project will be in focus. Both Rotterdam projects started in 2006 and aim to improve Rotterdam City’s urban fabric by restructuring the urban green, infrastructure and public spaces to accommodate the foreseeable growing numbers of residents, cyclists and commuters. The Toronto Central Waterfront project not only successfully reconnects the long neglected waterfront area of Lake Ontario physically to Toronto city’s urban fabric, but also psychologically given Torontonian their identity back at the ‘reframed’ waterfront area.

City of Madrid, Department for Sustainable Urban Development

Olmo 160PPhD Architect at Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) and researcher at this University. He has worked as collaborating professor at the European University of Madrid (UEM) and as teaching assistant in Architectural Projects subject at the Technical School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM). He has carried out work for Housing Research Group and is a member of the Architectural Critical Research Group (ARKRIT), both at the UPM. He has also been an academic guest at the Institute of Technology in Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture of the ETH Zurich University and lecturer at several national and international masters, congresses and symposia. His research has focused on public housing policies and city planning.

Currently, he holds the positions of Councilor for Sustainable Urban Development of the City of Madrid, Vice-President of the Municipal Housing and Land Company (EMVS) and member of its Administration Board, and President of the Sectorial Commission for Urbanism, Infrastructure and Housing at Cities and Towns Federation from Madrid Region (FMM).


  „Large scale – beyond Madrid Rio“

  session 4: thinking big              16.15 – 17.30

 When we get to Madrid city government, two years ago, we set one priority in our public space policy: urban rebalancing throw upgrading the existing city. This meant a significant change in city model since, for the last decades, the main focus of urban planning was the territorial extension. Therefore our Strategic Regeneration Plan takes special attention to deprived areas, most of them built in the sixties and seventies of last century.

Our public space project consists in the development of certain Itineraries, a network of pedestrian paths which are defined considering proximity and identity, by linking meaningful and daily life places where the idea of isolated green areas has been replaced by green infrastructure. Madrid Río can be understood under this framework. It is a 6km long river park, created by burying a section of the M-30 ring road, that performs a green corridor connecting urban and regional parks.

Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl, Überlingen, Bejing, Hamburg, Singapore

Hauper 160PGerhard has been practicing landscape architecture and planning for more than 20 years. Since 1998 he has specialized in international project management, having successfully led projects in the US, Great Britain, Australia, UAE and other countries. 

The emphasis of his work extends beyond classical landscape architecture to urban space design and its integration into existing city structures. He has especially developed competences in innovative and strategic technologeis for sustainable, resource productive design which create life-supporting and aesthetic built enviroments. 

Since October 2011 he sits on the expert commission for sustainable urban design for the German Association of Sustainable Building (LEED or BREEAM equivalent).


   „Water in the dense city“

   session 2: dealing with urban density                11.15 – 12.30

 Without water, there is no life. Global climate change, urbanisation, and increasing demand for limited resources are an increasing challenge. Within this reality, water is of critical importance - finite, indispensable and under threat. Now as never before, an integrated approach to city design has become a necessity to reconcile the challenges of resource management, environmental protection and human quality of life. Tried and trusted conventional infrastructure systems are no longer safe and cost-effective solutions. Therefore the philosophy behind “water sensitive urban design” is the next generation of urban infrastructure where habitat, city and recreational space are rolled into one, fulfilling indispensable strategic resource management task. The networking of city public space as interactive, ecological infrastructure - publicly visible, technically simple and beautiful - is the basis for a future-oriented approach, to assure our urban future.

City of Hamburg, Department of Urban Development and Housing

Metz 160P

First Director General Susanne Metz is Head of the Directorate for Regional and Urban Planning as part of the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, City State of Hamburg, Germany.

She gained her Diploma as an urban and landscape planner at the Technical University of Hannover and added an administrative clerkship in the State of Hessia. As an experienced project manager in landscape planning she joined the International Building Exhibition Emscher Park GmbH (IBA), Gelsenkirchen, where she signed in as Head of division for Emscher Landscape Park.

Following new forms of interdisciplinary and integrated planning she worked for the state agency for ecology, land use and forestry, (Landesanstalt für Ökologie, Landschaftsentwicklung und Forstplanung), State of North Rhine-Westfalia (LÖLF).

Switching to the municipal planning sector, City Planning Department City of Frankfurt am Main – as Executive Head of Landscape Planning and Ecology, Executive Head of Urban Development Planning and member of GreenBelt Frankfurt a. M. and further on City Planning Department City of Mannheim – Executive Head of Urban Development and Statistics – were stages to perform both: open space and urban density concepts.

Susanne Metz is a member of Akademie für Raumordnung u. Landesplanung, LAG Nord. She also is active in the field of consulting and training such as Institut für Städtebau Berlin / DASL, professional associations and NGOs.


„Strategies for open space and urban densification“

  session 1: updating green strategies      9.30 – 10.45

 Cities are very popular. Throughout the world they are places where people flock in search of a good life and a better future. Hamburg as well acts as a magnet, drawing in new people and becoming home to many of them.

So the City of Hamburg decided to increase the number of building permits and housing developments to be aimed at. A strategy of both: more city within the city, focussing on densification and inner development in all the districts and: more city at new places, developing new quarters in the outer city, going along with a strategy of open space qualities.

GreenNet Hamburg (GrünesNetz Hamburg), green roof programme, additional financing via eco cent and tapping funding programmes are important means to keep and development the green and open spaces in this green and growing city by the water.


Kipar 160PAndreas Kipar studied Landscape Architecture at Essen University GHS from 1980-84, and Architecture and Urban Development at the Milan Polytechnic from 1989-1994, where he has taught Public Space Design since 2009. 

Andreas Kipar is a full member of the Deutsche Akademie für Städtebau und Landesplanung (DASL - German Academy for Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture), the Bund Deutscher Landschaftsarchitekten (BDLA – Union of German Landscape Architects, of whose governing board he has been a member since 2009), the Associazione Italiana Architettura Paessaggio (AIAPP – Italian Association of Landscape Architecture), the Istituto Nazionale di Urbanistica (INU – Italian Institute for Urban Development), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gartenkunst und Landschaftsarchitektur (DGGL – German Society for Garden Design and Landscape Architecture). Since 2009, Andreas Kipar has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Die Grüne Stadt foundation. His landscape architecture office LAND, which has offices in Italy, Switzerland and Germany, offers regional, national, and international clients services in designing livable spaces for the world of tomorrow.


„Greening the city – Green Rays Milan“

 session 1: updating green strategies      9.30 – 10.45

Metropolitan areas are facing new challenges in the attempt to guarantee a sustainable urban development and improve their appeal thanks to new public spaces and services.

Milan, with one of the highest urban densities in the continent and a significant industrial heritage, is a paradigmatic example in the European scenario: the upgrade of former industrial land opens new links, which will heal the urban organism through punctual by-passes. They must break out the tight limits of the spatially defined design in order to become part of the whole urban landscape, so transform Milan in a light, fluid, comfortable, even slower city.

From these statements moved the project “Raggi Verdi” in 2003, a strategy to activate and connect neglected open spaces within a wider urban vision aiming to a greater urban permeability and liveability of the public city. The strategy has been implemented over years and included into Milan’s strategic plan. Now it looks beyond the municipal borders: landscape is the driver for a sustainable development at regional scale based on green-blue infrastructures and territorial aptitudes.

 De Urbanisten, Rotterdam

Peijpe 160P

Dirk van Peijpe (1962) is the founder and director of De Urbanisten. He studied urban design and planning at the Academy for Architecture in Rotterdam (NL), specializing in urban design. He had a long career at the Municipality of Rotterdam before he started De Urbanisten together with Florian Boer.

De Urbanisten work in the domain of urban design and landscape architecture. Their focus is on the integration of water, mobility and energy systems within the spatial design of the city to improve the quality of urban public space. De Urbanisten are working on watersensitive projects worldwide. Their watersquare in Rotterdam (2014) became an icon of innovative design for a changing climate.

Dirk van Peijpe is an expert in urbanism and landscape design related to climate adaptation and water. As a project leader, he has a long experience in the realisation of complex projects in which community outreach is a key asset.

Dirk van Peijpe is currently involved in the climate related transitions of urban districts in Rotterdam, The Hague and Gent (B) among other cities. He participated with De Urbanisten in the Dutch National Delta Program to advise on the relations between watersafety and spatial development in addition to carrying the responsibilities for the Climate Adaptation Strategy for Rotterdam. The watersquare in the city of Tiel, a first ‘rainstreet’ for Copenhagen and a ‘rainpark’ in Ghent are among his recent projects.

Dirk van Peijpe is a renowned guest at international conferences on climate adaptation and urbanism in e.g. Copenhagen, Bruxelles, Milan, Istanbul, New York and Berlin. Dirk van Peijpe lectures at the Academy for Architecture in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Tilburg (NL).


„Blue Commons“

 session 3: facing up to climate change   14.30 – 15.45

The Watersquare in Rotterdam - designed by De URBANISTEN - became an icon for a new approach in urbanism and landscape right after its opening in 2014. The square is both a vivid public space and a storage for water in times of excessive rainfall. The watersquare perfectly illustrates how the agenda of climate adaptation can be combined with the creation of a more attractive public domain in a densifying urban environment.

From there, De Urbanisten developed a comprehensive and rich portfolio on the theme of ‘climate adaptive urbanism’. Their projects move from a water-sensitive strategy for Mexico City to the design for a ‘rainstreet’ in Copenhagen. They were responsible for the Rotterdam Climate Adaptation Strategy and recently realized a second watersquare in Tiel.

In his presentation, Dirk van Peijpe will reflect on the practise of urbanism and landscape design in the context of a changing climate. He will share his experiences in recent projects on both the process and the design itself. Rotterdam – delta city and a living lab for the work of De Urbanisten- will be in the centre of the presentation.

City of Vienna, Environmental Department

Preiss 160P

Dipl.-Ing. Jürgen Preiss has been officer in charge at the Environmental Protection Department MA 22 – section Rural Development in Vienna since 2007, project manager of the Urban Heat Islands (UHI)- Strategy in Vienna, manager of the Vienna greening building program (façade-/roof-greening) and leader of the working group “green- and open spaces” of the ‘”EcoBuy Vienna” project.





Urban Heat Islands Strategy Plan Vienna: Current implementation process with a particular focus on greening buildings“                      

session 3: Facing up to climate change   14.30 – 15.45

Projections suggest that by 2030 Vienna’s population will increase from 1,8 to 2 million, resulting in growing settlements, urban densification, and the loss of open spaces. These side effects of population growth result in an increase in the temperature in cities and temperature difference between cities and the surrounding areas, a phenomenon known as the Urban Heat Island effect (UHI). To combat this, Vienna’s Environmental Department – MA 22 and external experts developed the UHI-STRAT project, which was finished in 2015, with the goal of showing planners, architects, and other relevant stakeholders what measures can be implemented and the potential benefits thereof.

Within the project, possible actions for the City of Vienna based on planning tools and instruments of the different control levels of urban planning and development have been identified. Furthermore, opportunities to raise awareness and to promote acceptance of measures that reduce urban heat effects have been specified. Some of the 37 investigated measures include lightening the surfaces of buildings, constructing parks, planting trees, greening buildings, building (drinking) water fountains, practicing rainwater management, and greening roadsides, to name a few.

The Vienna Environmental Department is strategically working on the reinforcement of façade and roof greenings in collaboration with interdisciplinary teams of experts. Therefore, a specific focus will be given on that topic showing best practice examples of green roofs and façades, with information about ongoing research on the heat transmission coefficient at green facades for example and a process model which has been developed for optimizing the microclimate effective transformation and greening of a city area in Vienna/Aspang.

City of Barcelona, Department for Ecology, Urban Development and Mobility

Miquel IMG 9825 bn

Architect by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya  since 2001, and Master in Urban Landscape by the same university since 2010, has worked as a free-lance architect in several projects related to urban planning until 2007. Since 2007, is working at the Chief Architect Office of the City Council of Barcelona. Actually, she is the Head of Prospective Department of Urban Model, leading strategic urban projects as Glòries Square transformation, Superblocks Program and other projects of urban regeneration, with an interdisciplinary and integrated vision from ecology and mobility policies, with experience on participation and project management.




 „Strategic interventions – Superblocks plus“

session 2: dealing with urban density                11.15 – 12.30

Pamer 160P

Born: 1958

Nationality: Austrian

Volkmar Pamer was educated as an architect at the Technical University of Vienna. Working for several years as a freelanced architect with the focus on residential buildings, villas, hotels, monument protection, industrial architecture and interior design.

Since 1994 working for the City of Vienna (Municipal Department 21) as an urban planner. Zoning plans for Vienna’s south, Co-ordinator for the target area ‘Liesing Mitte’ in the South of Vienna, focussing on the ‘Smart City’ issue including affordable housing, resource saving enterprise areas and transformation areas.

Initiator of the urban farming and subsidized housing project ‘In der Wiesen’ (In the meadow), the largest of its kind worldwide.

Project coordination, area management of the world wide appreciated urban renewal showcase Cable and Wire Factory, co-author of two books on that issue.

Founding member of the IFHP (International Federation for Housing and Planning) working party MILU (Multifunctional and Intensive Land Use), co-developer of the workshop format ‘Implementation Lab’, facilitator in about 50 implementation labs Europe-wide and the US.

Vienna’s representative in the EU co-financed projects MILUnet and REDIS (Restructuring Districts into Science Quarters).

Co-author of the book MILUnet – Principles, Practices, Projects, Policies. Co-initiator of the urban partnership project CUPA (Co-operative Urban Planning Approach) with activities in Estonia, Poland, Slovakia, Serbia and the Ukraine. Co-operation activities with Columbia University NYC, University of Vienna, University of Technology Vienna and Schönbrunn School for Gardening.

Member of the worldwide expert pool of the Netherland based International Intervision Institute.

Lecture activities all over Europe, USA, China (Dalian, Tianjin, Beijing), Syria (2009) and Japan.

Municipal Department 21

Urban District Planning and Land Use

The MD 21 is responsible for district planning and land use, the elaboration of all zoning plans for Vienna, the organisation of urban planning projects, the public information about every kind of urban development, the merging of all relevant – urban planning related – findings and making them suitable on the practitioner’s level.

Pamer 160P

Andrea Maria Mann is owner of an engineering office for spatial planning and contractor of the Urban Renewal Office for the 2. and 20. district (GB*2/20) together with Arch. DI Peter Mlczoch and shareholder of the Arge mlczoch and. mann Ges.b.R.

She completed 1995 the study of urban and regional planning with the focus on regional development at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien). She has multiple experiences in moderation, conflict management, participation and project management.

professional experience:

1995-1996: Architectural office Dipl.-Ing. Friedrich Falch, department spatial planning.

1997: Concept for a free city bike system in Vienna, Innsbruck and Linz

1997-2001: University assistant at the Institute of Urban and Regional Research (SRF) at the TU Wien.

2001-2003: Research associate at the Institute of Sociology for Architecture and Spatial Planning (ISRA) at the TU Wien.

Since 2002 Head of Urban Renewal Office for the second district. (former Leopoldstadt)

and 2002-2006 Project management of the EU pilot project "Grätzelmanagements im Volkert- und Alliiertenviertel" (additional project of Urban Renewal Office Leopoldstadt)

2008-2011: Project coordination of VIEW – "Vision Entwicklung Westgürtel", organisation of a conference on 3.12.2008: ‚The future of urban renewal’ with international experts

2009: Coordination of OVERVIEW –  Professional discourse on the future of city renewal in Vienna.

2008-2014: Subcontractor within the Agenda Josefstadt

since 2012 contractor at Urban Renewal Office for the 2. and 20. district (GB*2/20) together with Arch. DI Peter Mlczoch

She is involved in the implementation of various participatory processes (Volkertplatz, Rabbiner Friedmann Platz, Lange Gasse, Skatepark Prater, open space Volkertviertel, open space Josefstadt and Nordbahnviertel), organisation and moderation of city events, forums and advisory boards and urban development analyses with GIS. She collaborates in the research project for the promotion of mixed use in new construction areas (Mischung:Possible).

She published various publications in the fields of participation, urban renewal, neighbourhood and district management in developing areas.