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Designing Green Cities: Forest Urbanism


20.10.2022 Faculty of Architecture and The Built Environment - Delft University of Technology - Berlage rooms

Designing Green Cities: Forest Urbanism

This lecture series offers designerly perspectives on greening cities and bridges theory and practice in landscape architecture, urban design, urban forestry and urban ecology. The series addresses the integrative and exploratory capacities of design through illuminating discourses that take the landscape as basis to create healthy, climate proof and socio-ecologically inclusive cities. Speakers from practice and academia exchange ideas and showcase practical applications of landscape-based urbanism, forest urbanism and ecological urbanism.

You can read the day’s report (PDF) here. You can find video recordings of the day below.

(In addition to the edition on Forest, check out the editions on Landscape and Ecology)

Program (all lectures are in English)

13:00-13:30 Walk in + coffee/Tea
13:30-13:40 Welcome (René van der Velde, Associate Professor Landscape Architecture & Urban Forestry at TU Delft)
13:40-14:00 Forest urbanism: paradox or paradigm? (René van der Velde, Associate Professor Landscape Architecture & Urban Forestry at TU Delft)
14:00-14:45 Forest urbanism as tradition & project in Flanders (Wim Wambecq, Urban Design, Urbanism, Landscape and Planning, KU Leuven)
14:45-15:00 Coffee/Tea
15:00-15:45 Socio-ecological systems and the forest city (Margarita Jover, Professor in Architecture Director of Engineering and Landscape Architecture, Tulane University, New Orleans)
15:45-16:00 Coffee/Tea
16:00-16:45 Approaches & challenges in contemporary forest city projects in the Netherlands (Roundtable discussion led by René van der Velde) with:
– Marie-Laure Hoedemakers (Baljon landscape architects)
– Tomas Degenaar (BplusB urbanism & landscape architecture)
– Madelon Pluis/Shelley Long (West8 landscape architecture, urban design, infrastructure)
16:45-17:30 Closure + Drinks


Rewind the presentation by René van der Velde:


Rewind the presentation by Wim Wambecq:


Rewind the presentation by Margarita Jover:


Rewind the Roundtable discussion:



Delft University of Technology
Faculty of Architecture and The Built Environment
Berlage rooms (Building 8)
Julianalaan 134, Delft

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