Dr.ir. Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin is an Assistant Professor Urban Design Theory and Methods at the Section of Urban Design and Research Programme Leader Delta Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology.
She graduated as architect and urban designer from IUAV University of Venice, Italy and the University of Brasilia, Brazil, later further specialising in territorial/ landscape planning and design with an advanced master in territorial planning and geomatics from IUAV, Italy. In 2015 she obtained a PhD (double degree) in Landscape Architecture and Water Science & Engineering from Delft University of Technology jointly with UNESCO-IHE after a year of doctoral education at The Bartlett School of Architecture, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. Her research and projects focus on the relationship between landscape architecture, infrastructure and urban form. She has expertise in water sensitive/ nature-based design and environmental risk. Her current work deals with the changing nature of the territorial project, addressing spatial, political, and economic aspects of extreme weather and resource scarcity, particularly focusing on the North Sea Region and the Arctic. Her work has been funded internationally and exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2002 and 2018, and São Paulo Architecture Biennale 2013. Before starting her academic carrier, she worked for architecture and urban planning practices in Brazil, Italy and Denmark.
Dr. Fransje Hooimeijer is an Associate Professor at the Section Environmental Technology and Design and Research Programme Leader Delta Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology.
She studied Architecture at the Willem de Kooning Academy and Arts and Culture Studies in Rotterdam Erasmus University. Since 1997 she works as an independent researcher in the fields of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture. In addition to various publications and exhibits, she has done research for governments and corporate clients. She received her PhD in Urbanism from the Faculty of Architecture at the Delft University of Technology in 2011 with the dissertation investigating the relation between water management and urban design. From 2009-2012, she has worked as a researcher at the TU Delft and at TNO, investigating the technology of urban development in the light of climate change and the energy transition. One of her main research topics is integrating the subsurface system into above-ground spatial development. Since 2012 continuing research and teaching at TU Delft into system integration of technical systems of urban development in national and international context. She is specialised in interdisciplinary design processes, methods, tools and theory, transferring this to students and practice.
Han Meyer graduated as an urban designer from Delft University of Technology and subsequently worked at the Department of Physical Planning and Urban Renewal in Rotterdam on the redevelopment of residential districts and old inner-city docks. He has been working at Delft University of Technology since 1990, obtaining his doctorate with the thesis De stad en de haven (The City and the Port) in 1997. He became professor of urban design – theory & methods in 2001. His research has two emphases: the programme Delta Urbanism explores new relationships between engineering and urban design; the programme De kern van de stedenbouw in het perspectief van de 21e eeuw (Essential Urban Design from a 21st-Century Perspective) has yielded a four-volume book series of which the last instalment Het programma en gebruik van de stad (The programme and use of the city) was published in 2014. Currently prof. Han Meyer research focuses on future challenges of delta regions and the transformation of port zones, from New Orleans to Buenos Aires to the Pearl River in China. His most recent publication in this field is The State of the Delta. Engineering, urban development and nation building in the Netherlands (2017).
Frits Palmboom (1951) studied urban design at the Delft University of Technology. From 1981 he worked at the City Development Department of the Municipality of Rotterdam. He founded his own practice in 1990, after which he started the partnership “Palmboom & van den Bout” in 1994 with Jaap van den Bout, which has since grown into “Palmbout Urban Landscapes”. Frits is a supervisor for various areas in the Netherlands, including the Zaanoevers.
In 2001 he was visiting professor of Urban Design at the Catholic University of Leuven. He has held a professorship in the Van Eesteren chair of TU Delft since 2013.
Publications and research:
– Rotterdam urbanized landscape (Rotterdam, 1987)
– Drawing the Ground – Landscape Urbanism Today. The work of Palmbout Urban Landscapes, (Basel, 2010)
Dr. Steffen Nijhuis, Associate Professor
Head of Landscape Architecture Research, Director European Post-master in Urbanism (EMU) and Associate Professor Landscape Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology.
Dr.ir. Inge Bobbink, Associate Professor at the Section Landscape Architecture,
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology.
Inge Bobbink focuses on landscape architectonic design with a particular interest in the relation between water and land, including flora, fauna, and people. In her work, she explicitly stresses the importance of form and composition as an expression of culture and identity. Four perspectives on the analysis and design of (urban)water landscapes form the backbone of the research: (urban)landscape perception, (urban)landscape as a palimpsest, (urban)landscape as scale continuum and (urban)landscape as an ecological, economic and social process. She develops research methods to analyse traditional water systems and elements that are deeply rooted in the landscape and linked to human activities, focussing on its circularity and beauty. The results of this research form a theory that helps to transform today’s water systems into circular (integral, sustainable) water systems — an inclusive, tangible space for all.
Dr. Diego Sepulveda-Carmona is an Assistant Professor at the Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy in the Department of Urbanism, he is currently the Urbanism Lab master coordinator and senior researcher at Complex City Regions and Delta Urbanism research groups at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology.
His research interests are related to the links of regional development and climate change at the implementation of adaptation processes. Diego is specialized in regional development with experiences on infrastructural development and socio-spatial, socio-environmental integration with special interest into fast transformative economies and the integration of the changing social dynamics. The emphasis is on the planning strategies and design under the dynamic interrelation between planning, spatial structures and natural systems. His particular interest in regional development is on the complex conditions for integration of the local levels on the Metropolization processes. He is focus on the strategic alignment between local, urban and metropolitan governance bodies. Lately His work is defined on how to integrate and deploy the climate change adaptation processes and mitigation strategies within a regional developing context.
Nikki is a postdoc with 10 years of experience at different sections of TU Delft.
Her work departs from the observation that the global need for flood resilience is driven by two forces: climate change and a concentration trend in the urbanization process. Although the clash between both is a real concern, the dynamic urbanization process itself is also an opportunity to push for flood resilient development. This, however, requires a coordinated response: often at the regional scale that tends to be governed in a fragmented manner, and from parties that govern different components of the urban fabric that are not aware of their potential contribution. Such a response can only be established from a system’s perspective that identifies cities’ particularities and latent strengths, that can be linked to a diverse set of integrated design responses from spatial designers and civil engineers alike. Nikki’s core academic discipline is urban planning with spatial design, flood risk management and public administration as secondary fields of expertise. She welcomes excellent students that aim to identify strategic leverage for flood resilient development of urban regions in both centralized and decentralized governance systems.
Dr. Baukje (Bee) Kothuis is a postdoc at the department of Hydraulic Engineering, faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences, TU Delft; and an independent consultant at BBE Waterworks, Amsterdam.
Baukje Kothuis is a design anthropologist studying integrated and sustainable design of flood risk reduction structures and strategies. Focusing on (methods for) stakeholder inclusive design and multidisciplinary knowledge integration in delta design and research projects. Facilitating inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration, exposure of innovative education and research, contacts with (international) business and industry, and research collaboration and educational exchange between TU Delft faculties BK, CiTG and TBM and Universities in the USA, mainly around the Gulf of Mexico (Houston/Galveston, TX; New Orleans/Baton Rouge, LA; Jackson, Mississippi). Involved in NWO projects ‘Integral and Sustainable Design of Multifunctional Flood Defenses’ and ‘Integral and Sustainable Design of Ports in an African Context – Ghana’. Dutch coordinator and co-PI the National Science Foundation’s Partnerships for International Research and Education (NSF-PIRE) program at Texas A&M University, Texas. For BBE Waterworks developing and producing (book)publications, workshops, symposia, conferences, and other events and activities related to delta design, water governance and flood risk research.
Dr. Marcin Dąbrowski is an Assistant Professor at the Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy in the Department of Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology.
His research interests span across many topics related to governance of territory, from regional strategies for circular economy, or energy transition, to governance of urban climate change adaptation policies and the nexus between flood risk management and spatial planning. Marcin’s research seeks to broaden our understanding of how the institutional, cultural and economic contexts in which cities operate shape their capacity to adapt to climate change and promote spanning horizontal, vertical and temporal boundaries for addressing the growing flood risk. In this work, he focuses on the Dutch and Chinese delta cities (Pearl River Delta).
Filippo LaFleur is a researcher, teacher and designer at the Department of Urbanism at the Delft University of Technology since 2015. His interest lies at the intersection between landscape, urbanism, ecology and infrastructure in regards to spatial and temporal transformation of both land and maritime landscapes. Through projects he investigates interrelations between natural processes, societal practices, and (geo-) political dynamics. He has a strong emphasis on the agency of spatial interventions and on the role of representation and design as research and negotiation instruments. Filippo holds a Master of Science Cum Laude (archiprix nominee) from the Faculty of Architecture at Delft University of Technology with a diploma annotation in Infrastructure and Environment Design.
Andrea Bortolotti is an architect (IUAV, 2011) and holds a PhD in urbanism from the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB, 2019). His main research focuses on urban ecology, urban metabolism, and their relation with design and planning, a topic that he investigates through cartographic analysis. He is currently an affiliated researcher at TUDelft, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment.
Luca is a postdoctoral researcher in Urbanism at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of Delft University of Technology.
Born and raised in the south of Italy, he moved to Roma where obtained first a master diploma in Graphic Design at Istituto Europeo di Design and then his bachelor’s degree of Architecture at Università La Sapienza.
Later, he graduated in Landscape Architecture and finally got his PhD in Urbanism, both at Università Iuav di Venezia. During the doctorate, he was visiting fellow in the Engineering Department of Drexel University (Philadelphia).
His research primarily focuses on the territorial dimension of water and energy supply infrastructures. The intent is to investigate the technological process of land alteration not only as the physical outcome of punctual engineering objects also as the implicit project to create specific cultural landscapes and wider socioeconomic geographies.
Meng Meng is a PhD candidate , at the Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy in the Department of Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology.
His research interests span across many topics related to territorial governance, multilevel planning, urban climate change adaptation policies and the nexus between flood risk management and spatial planning. Meng’s research seeks to broaden our understanding of how the institutional, political and economic contexts in which cities operate shape their capacity to address the growing flood risk and adapt to climate change, which facilitate the decision making process cross boundaries, professions and administrations formally or and informally. In this work, he focuses on the Dutch and Chinese delta cities (Pearl River Delta).
Ir. Geert van der Meulen is a researcher at the chair of Urban Design/Theory and Methods of the Department of Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology.
Geert has a multidisciplinary background in water management, architecture and museology. As a creative water management engineer, his specialisation lies in urban water sensitive design and planning in the context of aggravating climatic conditions. In his work he underlines the urgency of interdisciplinary design approaches with ecology at its core as the complexity of challenges increase.
NWO-DST Water4Change Project
[November 2020—March 2021]
NWO-DST Water4Change Project
[October 2020—July 2021]
2020-2021 MSc. Urbanism Graduation Students:
Transitional Territories Studio
Janis Berzins, Hadrien Cassan, Laura Conijn, Cas Goselink, Jurriënne Heijnen, Marijne Kreulen, Lucas Meneses Di Gioia Ferreira, Kinga Murawska, Asmita Puspasari, Zhongjing Zhang
2019-2020 MSc. Architecture / MSc. Urbanism Graduation Students:
Transitional Territories Studio
Anneloes van Slooten Santiago Palacio Villa Alexander Scho Gijs van Berge Henegouwen Zuzanna Maria Rosinska Daniele Ceragno Gioele Colombo Martijn Vos Richard Thomson Andrea Malagnino Ian Omumbwa Luca Parlangeli Nicole Garcia Vogt Lukas Höller Stefano Agliati Jun Chen Binghui He Ziyang Xue Isabel Recubenis Sanchis Ioanna Virvidaki Anne de Jong Prinka Anandawardhani Jan Fries Petra Grgic Jahnavi Bhatt
Wageningen University & Research
University of Twente
Hogeschool Zeeland – Delta Academy
Word Wildlife Fund
Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management
City of Rotterdam
City of Dordrecht
IWA International Water Association
UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, USA
Architectural Association (AA), School of Architecture, UK
Royal College of Art, London, UK
University of Sheffield, UK
Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
University of Innsbruck, Austria
Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, Monash University, Australia
SCUT South China University of Technology, China
University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
University of São Paulo, Brazil
Dalhousie University, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Canada
Academy of Art and Design FHNW
Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures
PhD Research Period.
Michaela Büsse is a design researcher from Germany currently based in Basel, Switzerland. Her interest spans design and material cultures, STS, anthropology and political ecology. Michaela’s interdisciplinary practice is research-led and involves writing, filming and curatorial work. Since 2017 Michaela is a PhD candidate at the Critical Media Lab where she explores how design comes to govern social, material, political and economic relations by tracing sand’s becoming land.
She is part of the editorial board at Migrant Journal which recently got nominated for the Swiss Design Awards. Michaela has hold fellowships with NTU CCA Singapore and MCAD Manila (“Acts of Life“ – On Nature and Urbanity, 2018) as well as Strelka Institute for Media, Design and Architecture (“The New Normal” 2017). From October onwards Michaela will be a visiting researcher at TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment.
Dalhousie School of Architecture, Halifax, Canada
land.arch. Meltem Delibas
arch. Carolina Viviane Nunes