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