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


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

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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