Interdisciplinary Research Program – TUDelft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
International Conference – Delta Design in Times of Climate Crisis
Celebrating Delta Urbanism coming of age

keynote speakers 

Thursday, March 5th 2020

Han Meyer
Emeritus Professor in Theory and Methods of Urban Design, Delft University of Technology

Richard Ashley
Emeritus Professor in Urban Water, University of Sheffield / Director of EcoFutures Ltd

Paola Viganò
Professor in Urban Theory and Urban Design, EPFL Lausanne and IUAV Venice / Architect and urbanist at Studio Paola Viganò

Daan Zandbelt
Chief Government Advisor on the Built and Rural Environment / Architect and urbanist at De Zwarte Hond

 

Friday, March 6th 2020

Henk Ovink
Sherpa to the High Level Panel on Water, United Nations / Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Bas Jonkman
Professor of Integral Hydraulic Engineering, Delft University of Technology

Nina-Marie Lister
Associate Professor and the Graduate Program Director, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University / Founder Plandform

Bas Roels
Freshwater expert and advisor, WWF Netherlands

 

convened by
Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin, Fransje Hooimeijer and Nikki Brand on behalf of Delta Urbanism Research Group and TUDelft DIMI

under the framework of
DIMI Delft Deltas, Infrastructure and Mobility Initiative NEXT-EXTREMES

Program 

March 5th 2020 

09.00 – Walk-in 

09.30 – Welcome by Taneha K. Bacchin and Fransje Hooimeijer on behalf of Delta Urbanism Research Group 

09.45 – Han Meyer
Emeritus Professor in Theory and Methods of Urban Design, Delft University of Technology 

10.30 – Richard Ashley
Emeritus Professor in Urban Water, University of Sheffield / Director of EcoFutures Ltd 

11.15 – Short break 

Parallel Session 

11.30 – Planning for Resilience – Transitional, Transdisciplinary Approaches to Planning
Nikki Brand and Marcin Dabrowski, Delta Urbanism, TUDelft Berlagezaal 1 

11.30 – Projecting Water Sensitivity – Engineering, Design, Culture and Governance.
Taneha K. Bacchin, Delta Urbanism, TUDelft
Berlagezaal 2 

12.30 – Lunch break 

13.30 – Introduction Afternoon Session 

13.45 – Daan Zandbelt
Chief Government Advisor on the Built and Rural Environment / Architect and urbanist at De Zwarte Hond 

14.30 – Paola Viganò
Professor in Urban Theory and Urban Design, EPFL Lausanne and IUAV Venice /Architect and urbanist at Studio Paola Viganò 

15.15 – Short break 

Parallel Sessions 

15.30 – Visions for Extreme Sea Level Rise 

ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles] Negar Sanaan Bensi, Elma van Boxel, Kristian Koreman 

Berlagezaal 1 

15.30 – Delta Design in Times of Climate Crises: 3 Reflections
Marthijn Pool, Space&Matter / Sandra Piesik ARB Director 3 ideas B.V.; Visiting Professor The UCL Institute for Global Prosperity / Arnout Sabbe, Environmental Technology & Design, TUDelft
Berlagezaal 2 

16.45 – Presentation Journal of Delta Urbanism
Baukje Kothuis, Delta Urbanism, TUDelft 

17.00 – Drinks and closing of the day

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March 6th 2020 

09.00 – Walk-in 

09.30 – Welcome by Taneha K. Bacchin and Fransje Hooimeijer on behalf of Delta Urbanism Research Group 

09.45 – Bas Jonkman
Professor of Integral Hydraulic Engineering, Delft University of Technology 

10.30 – Henk Ovink
Sherpa to the High Level Panel on Water, United Nations / Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Kingdom of the Netherlands 

11.15 – Short break 

Parallel Sessions 

11.30 – The Netherlands 2120
Michael van Buuren, Wageningen University
Berlagezaal 1 

11.30 – Changing Deltas and Transforming Port Cities
Carola Hein, Stephan Hauser, Penglin Zhu, Tino Mager. TUDelft
Room BW West 510 

12.30 – Lunch break 

13.30 – Introduction Afternoon Session 

13.45 – Bas Roels
Freshwater expert and advisor, WWF Netherlands 

14.30 – Nina-Marie Lister
Associate Professor and the Graduate Program Director, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University / Founder Plandform 

15.15 – Short Break 

15.30 – Closing Panel Discussion 

Parallel Sessions 

16.00 – Circular Water Stories. On vernacular water systems and human interaction.
Inge Bobbink, Delta Urbanism, TUDelft
Berlagezaal 1 

16.00 – Sustainable and Resilient Coastal Cities. Nature based solutions in urban coastal zones.
Fransje Hooimeijer, Delta Urbanism, TUDelft
Berlagezaal 2 

17.00 – Drinks and closing of the day 

Short-Exhibition Delta Urbanism
Berlagezaal 2

At this juncture of climate crises design is crucial to secure a resilient future of fragile urban delta landscapes. Design is at the core of the interdisciplinary approach in which the scopes from spatial design, ecology, engineering and policy are united in strong and visionary strategies and tactics. 

The conference is dedicated to discussing future design as a collaborative enterprise of the disciplines of spatial design, ecology, engineering and policy and as leading method within the research premises of the Delta Urbanism research group. These research premises examine the multi-layered phenomenon of urbanization between land and water and thus the scope of design in highly dynamic landscapes. What we are now experiencing as the era of climate crises – the effects of the antropocene – aggravates this condition, requiring to look at urbanization in delta, coastal and river landscapes as a formative, operational and performative process. Therefore delta design is discussed here not only as an approach to highly dynamic landscapes but rather as a fundamental shift in the way urbanization is addressed by design — as a driver of environmental change. 

The conference aims at exploring the scope, representation and future of delta design in times of climate crises, looking through the lens of four research premises.

The scopes of spatial design, ecology, engineering and policy will be presented by keynote speakers during the morning sessions. In the afternoon the research premises will be at the centre of the discussion.

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Delta Urbanism—Four Research Premises

Systems Ecologies

At the territorial level, changes in any system, whether spatial, legal, economic, or environmental, manifest themselves in consequences that are often unpredictable for other systems. This ecology of interactions is even more complex in a highly dynamic space characterized by risk and emergence such as delta, coastal and river landscapes. As a overarching premise, the objective is to research the agency of design at the territorial (systems) level for better sensitivity towards risk, integration between systems and potentials of urbanisation. 

Drawing the Delta 

The explosive character of urban development, especially in delta regions, often leads to chaotic and fragmented urban patterns, combined with increased risk of flooding, land depletion and ecosystem degradation. The question is how a new (and necessary) organisation of the transitional space between land and water can contribute halting the erosion of the territory and reducing flood risk, while improving spatial coherence and ecological quality.

Reversed Engineering with Nature 

On the scale of the urban district, the city is considered as a hybrid performative landscape which requires carefull re-balancing and fostering new cooperation between the indigenous landscape and the techno-sphere of the urban systems. Synchronisation (in time, space, technology and interests) is at the core of this research premise.

Extremes

Deep uncertainty on the acceleration and aggravation of extreme scenarios of climate crises introduces a new level of complexity. This calls for ingenuity and letting go of what is considered to be established. By exploring the missing means of political, cultural, economical, spatial and technological representation, light is shed on viable futures in spaces at risk. The aim is to highlight the urgency for change and put forward visualisations which can drive transitions towards a new territorial order. 

 

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