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Worldwide urban regions experience the pressure of urbanisation, climate change and intensive agriculture on their landscape. Simultaneously, regions start to acknowledge the importance of a vital and attractive landscape as a key success factor in the global battle for talent (see Blind Spot). The question is how to combine these increasing sustainability transitions with internal metropolitan demands, without loss of existing landscape qualities.

As these matters are equally urgent in the Netherlands as abroad, the Deltametropolis Association has reached out in its international network to research professionals, strategic policy makers and landscape design practitioners. The Landscape Triennial is the perfect place to share expertise, from the urban perspective as well as from scientific views on energy, food and ecosystem services, health, recreation and circularity (from Delft University of Technology, Wageningen University and NHTV Breda, among others).

The program includes several keynote lectures, in depth parallel thematic workshop sessions and ends with a plenary panel discussion with contributions from various city representatives from all over the world. A glimpse of the confirmed contributions:


  • Berno Strootman (governmental advisor landscape, NL) will outline the urgent matters and current practice of landscape planning on national level in the Netherlands.
  • Kees Christiaanse (professor ETH Zurich and independent architect) will elaborate on the Haarlemmermeer situation where urbanisation, air traffic and landscape are closely intertwined.
  • Kathryn Moore (president IFLA and professor Birmingham City University) will reflect on international landscape design practice and landscape planning in the Birmingham HS2 case
  • Ken Greenberg (Greenberg Consultants, former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto) will share his experiences on the Toronto Bentway Conservancy project and other landscape planning projects in Toronto
  • Neeltje van den Westenend (independent artist) on the process of creating the ‘Tractordans’ (tractor dance) with farmers in the Haarlemmermeer region

“From the Wastescapes of the linear economy to the future landscape of the circular economy: Examples across Europe and beyond” by Alexander Wandl and Bob Geldermans, part of the REPAiR team from TU Delft and AMS Institute

“Ecosystem Services and Food Systems in Metropolitan Regions”
by Ingo Zasada (ZALF), Dagmar Haase (UFZ) and Dirk Wascher (WUR)

“Energy Landscapes”

“Making places, shaping destinations”
by NHTV Breda

A plenary discussion on best practices and urgent questions in various metropolitan areas around the world – with contributions from:

  • MELBOURNE: represented by Alan Pert and Gini Lee (Melbourne School of Design), who will share their experiences on metropolitan landscape planning in Melbourne and around Port Phillip Bay.
  • MILAN: represented by Luisa Pedrazzini (planner at Region Lombardia)
  • TAIPEI: represented by Yung-Ching Tang (researcher Taipei City Government)
  • STOCKHOLM: represented by Bette Lundh Malmros (regional planner at Regional Development Plan for the Stockholm region)
  • AMSTERDAM/Eurocities/Metrex: Results from the Eurocities and Metrex network meeting organised by the municipality of Amsterdam, with participants from several European cities.

The participation fee, including catering for the full day programme, is € 85 per person (+ €4,80 administration fee).

Please register before 28th of August!

The day prior to the symposium, the municipality of Amsterdam is organising a meeting (by invitation) with the Eurocities and Metrex networks, on the same topic of metropolitan landscape planning. The results from this meeting will be presented within the symposium program and we welcome the Eurocities and Metrex attendees to contribute to the workshops within the symposium program.

We hope to welcome you in September!

The Deltametropolis Association

vr 8 sep - Hele dag
Toegangsprijs: € 85
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