The City at Eye Level was together written with 120+ contributors all over the globe and still growing.

Design Director and Co-Founder, West8
Adriaan Geuze is one of the founders and partner of West 8 urban design & landscape architecture in Rotterdam, a leading urban design practice that has won various international competitions. Amongst numerous design awards, Geuze and West 8 recently received the prestigious American Society of Landscape Architecture Honor Award 2009 and the Lifetime Achievement Award 2011 from the BKVB. Internationally respected as a professor in Architecture and Urban Design, he frequently lectures and teaches at universities worldwide. www.west8.nl
CEO of Spacescape
Alexander Ståhle is the CEO of Spacescape, an urban research and design studio based in Stockholm, Sweden. He holds a PhD in urban design at the School of Architecture in the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. At Spacescape he conducts analyses on housing and office markets, walkability and urban development potential in Scandinavian cities. He lives in central Stockholm with two kids and no car. www.spacescape.se.
Assistant Project Manager at UN-Habitat
Amira Badran is an architect, urban Planner and placemaker and is Assistant Project Manager for UN-Habitat.
Landscape architect at Bureau B+B, Amsterdam
Anna Fink is a socially engaged designer. She looks for the identity of a place to express its multiple atmospheres of culture and nature through design. After studying landscape architecture at the University of Life Sciences in Vienna she completed her masters at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. Recently Anna published the book ‘Landscape as House’ illustrating a new form of engaged living in a village in the Alps. Contact: anna.fink@bplusb.nl
PhD candidate from the University of Salzburg
Anna Kovács-Györi is a PhD candidate from the University of Salzburg, working at the Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS. The research interest of Anna lies in understanding how urban form and functions along with various socio-economic factors define and affect the livability of a place. Contact: anna.gyori@sbg.ac.at
Associate Director, Urban Design at AECOM
Anna is an urban designer with 15 years’ experience in urban design, strategic planning and master planning for a diverse range of projects around the world. Most recently, her work has addressed the challenges facing Sydney as a rapidly growing city through a manifesto to make Sydney brilliant at 8 million people: https://www.aecom.com/au/brilliantcityinsights/sydney-manifesto/ Contact: anna.robinson@aecom.com
Senior policy officer, spatial planning and project manager of the 21st-century inner city strategy for the Municipality of Tilburg
Programme manager for the Municipality of Tilburg
Anouk Thijssen is Programme manager of the Spoorzone for the Municipality of Tilburg.
Planner & Operations Manager at TQ
Arik C. Day is a spatial planner and writer-editor based in Amsterdam. Originally from Toronto, Canada, he has contributed editorial work to The Class of 2020 and Sustainable Amsterdam, and has helped build TQ, a the tech startup space and community, from the ground up. With a background in planning, arts & cultural management and real estate, he is passionate about cities, spaces, innovation, and culture. He graduated with an MSc in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Amsterdam in 2016.
Architect researcher at Van Schagen architekten
Arjan Gooijer studied architecture at Delft University of Technology. Since 1998 he has been working at Van Schagen Architekten as a project architect of a number of larger projects, from design to realisation. Arjan is also a researcher involved in studies and publications. www.vanschagenarchitecten.com.
Project manager at the Municipality of Amsterdam
Arwen Schram is Project manager of the Sloterdijk area development team at the Municipality of Amsterdam.
Project manager for the Municipality of Doetinchem
Bart Teunissen is Project manager for the inner city of the Municipality of Doetinchem.
Neighborhood manager for the Municipality of The Hague
Bastiaan de Jong is neighborhood manager in the Mariahoeve for the Municipality of The Hague
Independent strategic media consultant
Housing manager at Volkshuisvesting Arnhem
Berry Kessels is the housing manager at housing corporation Volkshuisvesting Arnhem, The Netherlands. He is a district developer responsible for the development of the fashion quarter Klarendal.
Director Business management for the Vereniging Verenigd Schouwburgplein
Bert Determann is director Business management for the Vereniging Verenigd Schouwburgplein
Programme manager at Via Breda
Chairwoman for Era Contour
Bianca Seekles is chairwoman for Era Contour.
Manager at Omgeving & Beleving
Urban Safety Expert, UN-Habitat
Cecilia Andersson, an urban and regional planner, is currently the Manager of the Global Public Space Programme of UN-Habitat which supports cities in developing public space and city-wide strategies/policies that ensure safe, socially inclusive, and accessible urban public space. Prior, she worked with the Safer Cities Programme of UN-Habitat, providing technical support and developing prevention strategies to cities in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe.
Lecturer in Urban Planning at the Dublin Institute of Technology
Ciarán Cuffe is an architect, city councillor and former Minister for Planning based in Dublin, Ireland. He lectures in urban regeneration at the Dublin Institute of Technology.
Formally area manager for the Municipality of Zaanstad (now retired)
Coos Hoekstra is formally area manager for the Municipality of Zaanstad and now retired
City planner, project manager and professor at the EU Barcelona School.
David Brito is an city planner, project manager and working on placemaking. He is from originally New York, but is currently living in Barcelona and professor, teaching 'Project Management and Environmental Sustainability' at the EU Barcelona School.
Emeritus Professor at The University of Liverpool
Since his publications in the 1970’s, notably The Psychology of Place, Psychology for Architects and Psychology and the Built Environment David Canter has continued to have an interest in the processes that shape our experience of places, and how we shape our buildings and cities. While there was a hiatus in interest in these topics for many years, over the past decade there has been a reawakening that has enabled him to engage directly again with various aspects. Get in contact: profcanter@gmail.com, www.davidcanter.com, or Twitter @ProfDavidCanter
Urban developer and area coordinator at the Municipality of The Hague
Demet Voûte is urban developer and area coordinator at the Municipality of The Hague.
Architect and planner
Dorothee Huber is a viennese architect and planner, who is prone to leave Austria in frequent intervals to pursue her personal field of interest - human centred design und planning (with a focus on the challenges of the urban Global South). Dorothee studied Architecture at the UT of Vienna and ETSAM Madrid, worked and lived in South Africa, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, the Netherlands and, of course, Austria.
Head of Initiative & Concept for Era Contour
Edward van Dongen is head of Initiative & Concept for Era Contour.
CEO, Research Triangle Africa
Elijah Agevi is a an urban and regional planner with over 25 years’ experience in urban development issues, and currently the advisor to the Safer Nairobi Initiative (SNI) with the Nairobi City County/UN-Habitat. Elijah has researched widely and lectured in selected Universities in Europe and in Africa for over 10 years; and is the author of “Double Standards Single Purpose” and numerous articles and papers. He is also leading expert on Governance, Decentralization and Devolution having been a member of the national committee on devolution.
Programme manager at the Zuidas
Eline is working for the project Zuidas (www.zuidas.nl) for the City of Amsterdam. Zuidas is an area in the South of Amsterdam and started as a business area and now transforming to an innovation district. High buildings and corporate business company’s. 40.000 people are working there every day and about 25.000 students go to the University VU in the area. Already 2500 houses are developed in the area. To make this place a success they are working on human scale, placemaking and connecting people. Feel free to connect. Twitter: @elineamsterdam Instagram: Elineamsterdam020
Senior researcher at the National Centre for Scientific Research
Elisabeth Peyroux is a geographer at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) (UMR Prodig, Paris). She works on urban policy mobility, governance and socio-spatial transformation in South Africa. Her current research focuses on “smart urbanism” and the role of geo-technologies in governance and planning in South Africa.
Senior advisor on urban affairs for the City of Rotterdam & lecturer at Rotterdam University, department of Watermanagement
Emiel Arends studied Urban Planning at the Rijkshogeschool IJsselland in Deventer and Urban Design at the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design. Since 2001, Emiel is an urban planner/designer for the municipality of Rotterdam. He has worked on several city-wide strategies and policies, which includes the latest city-centre master plan, the plinth strategy, the high-rise vision, the sustainable agenda, the parking strategy and the residential policy for the entire city.
Location marketer for Club Rhijnhuizen
Emilie Vlieger is location marketer for Club Rhijnhuizen.
Director at Meanwhile Space
Emily Berwyn has a broad background in the creative industries and the built environment. She is founder Director of Meanwhile Space - a Community Interest Company specialising in ‘Meanwhile use’ of vacant buildings or land for social gain until they can be brought back into commercial use again - breaking new ground, generating a zeitgeist to re-imagine commercial use of property and the untapped opportunities that vacant spaces present in the UK. www.meanwhilespace.com.
European Research Director at Savills
Eri Mitsostergiou is a qualified Architect and in 1999 joined Savills, a global real estate services provider. After working from and within both Greece and the UK, she is currently based in the Netherlands. Here she coordinates Savills’ European research and gives direct external advice to Savills clients with their European projects, especially in the South East region. www.savills.com.
Founding member of STEK de stadstuinwinkel
Eric van Ulden is an urban designer with a passion for plants and interest in the relationship between urban / architectural planning and user behaviour. He designs gardens and is member at “STEK de stadstuinwinkel”: a shop, an inspiration platform and a design studio for urban gardens. In addition he researches the transitional zones between house and street which contributes to more informed designs and hopefully better functioning neighbourhoods. www.stekrotterdam.nl.
Senior Vice President at Project at Public Spaces
Urban & Spatial Planner
Eva Papakonstanti Urban & Spatial Planner from Thessaloniki, Greece.
Chief government architect of the Central Government Real Estate Agency, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relationships
Co-founder of dérive LAB
Francisco Pailliè Pérez is a Social and Cultural Psychologist in Mexico City, Mexico. His affinity towards urbanism, architecture and sociology has brought him to work exploring and understanding public space, the civic right to the city, walkability, and the way we shape cities. With his wife and partner, he founded dérive LAB, an organisation whose purpose is to explore, comprehend and inspire other (new) ways of living and thinking of life. He is also director of El Caminante an independent editorial focused in publishing on urban topics.
Program manager, Municipality of Rotterdam
Frank Belderbos has nearly 30 years experience with project management and urban renewal. He studied Town Planning and Political Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. He worked for the city of The Hague in Urban Renewal, and specialized in the programme Urban renewal as cultural activity. For the last three decades he has worked in the city of Rotterdam specialising in urban renewal and cultural-economic activities. Latest, Frank was the project manager for revitalising the Nieuwe Binnenweg, financed with European EFRO-money.
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Founder and president of Project for Public Spaces
Fred Kent is the founder and president of Project for Public Spaces (PPS), based in New York. He is a leading authority on revitalizing city spaces and one of the foremost thinkers in liveability, smart growth and the future of the city. In addition to US and international projects, Fred leads trainings around the world, and is intimately involved with the expansion of Placemaking into a global agenda. www.pps.org.
Programme manager for the Municipality of Groningen
Lecturer at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
Professor at the Radboud University
Professor Gert-Jan Hospers is a geographer at Radboud University, the Netherlands. Besides, he is director of Stichting Stad en Regio, a foundation promoting urban and regional development at a human scale. He is interested in placemaking issues in villages and small and medium-sized towns. Email: g.hospers@fm.ru.nl Phone +31243612099
Owner of Vanschagen architecten
Gert Jan te Velde is educated as architect at Delft University of Technology. In 1993 he joined Van Schagen Architecten, and he is director since 2001. Gert Jan is involved in advising clients in the often diffuse initial phase of a project and leads the firm’s research team. www.vanschagenarchitecten.com.
Manager and landscape architect at Bureau B+B, Amsterdam
Gert-Jan Wisse is a landscape architect with vast experience with planning landscape transformations and public space in complex urban environments. He is a member of the Bureau B+B management team. He studied at the MMU in Manchester, Larenstein and the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture where he also teaches. Landscape and public space serve as a medium for human interaction.
Director of urban development for the Municipality of Delft
Owner, Duikelman
Hans Appelboom is the owner of Duikelman, a shop specialized in kitchen and cooking supplies, located in the Ferdinand Bolstraat in the 19th century Amsterdam quarter De Pijp. www.duikelman.nl.
Area marketer at BPD
Hans-Hugo Smit is area marketer at BPD.
Partner at STIPO
Hans Karssenberg is founding partner at STIPO public developer, placemaker and trainer. He helped to compose the City at Eye Level books, speaks at conferences, gives trainings and works on area development projects and placemaking.
Director of Urban Planning and Management of the Municipality of Leeuwarden
Specialized in tailored interventions to generate physical and social impact. Co-founder of Leeuwarden/Fryslân European Capital of Culture 2018. Culture is often a accelerator on themes of ecology, water and shared space. (High quality) art can facilitate this process.
Special Envoy for International Water Affairs at Kingdom of the Netherlands
Henk Ovink is principal of ‘Rebuild by Design’ and Senior Advisor of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. Before he was the director of National Spatial Planning for the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, and was curator for the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2012 “Making City”. He regularly teaches, lectures, and writes on new ways of planning, the position of politics and design, and the exchange between governance and planning. He is also the co-editor of the "Design and Politics" book series.
Development manager at BPD
Henri Schimmel is development manager at BPD.
Junior urban heritage professional at STIPO
Ilya Lindhout graduated in 2018 from the Reinwardt Academy and is specialised in urban intangible heritage, placemaking and storytelling. During her internship at STIPO she, together with colleagues, developed a new tool 'The Time Machine' and a story route through the Park Rhijnhuizen. After graduating she further developed the story route into a audio tour, available on izi TRAVEL to discover the 26 heritage stories from the area Rhijnhuizen in Nieuwegein.
Urban & Spatial Planner
Ioanna Tsakalakidou Urban & Spatial Planner from Thessaloniki, Greece. She is an Urban planning graduate student and interested in spatial and socio-spatial issues, geographic information systems, crowds in urban environments. Currently she's a Geomatics student at the TU Delft.
Landscape architect and policy officer at the Municipality of The Hague
Irene is landscape architect and policy officer at the Urban Development & Planning Department of the municipality of The Hague. Her focus is on green inclusive building, green urban space and metropolitan landscapes.
Urban designer and landscape-architect for the City of Groningen
Strategic urban design, public design, building regulations. Studied Landscape-architecture at the Wageningen University (1986) and Research, Urban Micro Environment at the School of Arts Utrecht (1991). Worked for the Urban Planning Department at the city of Amsterdam from 1991 to 2002. From 2002 to 2016 as a self-employed designer.
Urban planner for the Municipality of Maastricht
Owner of Gehl Architects
Jan Gehl is a Danish architect and urban designer based in Copenhagen, and founder of Gehl Architects. His career has focused on improving the public realm especially for pedestrians and cyclists. His influential work Life Between Buildings: Using Public Space (1971, English translation 1987) documents human social interaction and perception, urban recreation, and sensory experience of public spaces. Since then he has published many books and articles on public space and city life. Gehl Architects works on several projects in cities worldwide. www.gehlarchitects.com.
Independent City watcher and Urbanist
As former senior advisor on urban development and affairs to the city of Rotterdam Jan van Teeffelen contributed to the whole range of strong, top down, physical, budget driven urban supply planning on the one hand, and later on to more demand oriented, bottom up strategies based on the strengthening potential qualities of the existing city. After his retirement he was involved in gentrification questions in the area of the Pijp in Amsterdam, the challenge how to deal with the fast-growing city of Stockholm, participation on the place making subject in the Habitat conference in Buenos Aires, advise to the further development of the inner city of Helmond, articles and contributions to several publications. His latest activity in this field was a to write a chapter in the comprehensive book “Dansen met dilemma’s” and a fieldtrip on urban issues in Tokio.
Strategic advisor of the Municipality of Papendrecht
Researcher on sustainable cities at Erasmus University
Jeniffer Heemann is one of the creators of Curativos Urbanos and founding partner at Bela Rua. She currently works at Erasmus University, where she is involved in teaching and research on sustainable cities. She is interested in sustainability transition, complexity theory, the co-evolution of social and environmental systems, and governance. Contact: jenheemann@gmail.com
Partner at STIPO
Jeroen Laven is partner at STIPO. He leads the European Placemaking Network and Dutch Placemaking Network and works in many projects in the Netherlands and abroad. With European Placemakers Jeroen is building an European Placemaking Toolbox, to provide the right mix of tools for each placemaking challenge.
Founder WeTheCity
Jesse Jorg is founder WeTheCity.
Founder of zoarchitecten
Joep Klabbers is founder of zoarchitecten. He is a lover of places: places in the city and inside buildings, carefully designed places and coincidental places - it is always about the love for the place. His open minded, enthusiastic and concerned approach transfers his love of simple architecture and details. The name of the office is like the design result: to the point, simple but not banal. www.zoarchitecten.nl.
Architect and co-founder of DEGW
John Worthington is architect and co-founder of DEGW in 1973. Since then John has pioneered methods of adapting urban and space planning techniques to meet the needs of the emerging knowledge economy. Recent assignments include high building strategies for the cities of Rotterdam and Dublin, where he continues to advise both cities on managing the process of innovation and change. He has held a number of academic posts and is currently a visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield and Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg. www.degw.com.
Chief Planner at the Planning Department Economy and Space, Municipality of Amsterdam
Jos Gadet is an urban geographer. He works for the Urban Planning Department of the City of Amsterdam. Gadet wrote on the rise of successful Amsterdam neighbourhoods in the collection of essays “De levende stad” (2009), which accompanied the first Dutch translation of Jane Jacobs’ masterpiece ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’. In 2011 his book “Terug naar de Stad” was published, in which he describes the development of various districts of Amsterdam.
Programme Management Officer at UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Programme)
Jose Chong is an architect and urban planner and works at the Urban Planning and Design Branch of UN-Habitat. Alessandra Cianchetta is a leading architect and founding partner of AWP, Paris, a practice that works across scales and genres. AWP’s work is regularly presented at venues worldwide and featured in many international publications. Currently teaching at Columbia University GSAPP, The Berlage Center for Advanced studies in Architecture and Urban studies and formerly at Cornell University, Alessandra gives equal weight to the substance of building and its intangible effects, addressing sensual and perceptual experiences at large urban scales. www.awp.fr.
Co-owner of Bureau op het Plein and part-time area advisor for the Office for Monuments and Archaeology in Amsterdam
Jouke van der Werf is an architectural historian and works part-time at the Office for Monuments and Archaeology in Amsterdam. In addition, he publishes on architecture and urbanism in the last two centuries. In recent years his research is particularly related to the cultural and historical aspects of the public space.
Architect
Kamila Momot, A graduate student of Architecture and Urban Planning at Warsaw University of Technology. Sociology enthusiast and city lover. She is a flaneur who explores metropolises across the world.
Co-founder and environmental designer at Project for Public Spaces
Kathy Madden is the co-founder of Project for Public Spaces. She is involved in all aspects of the organization’s work and has directed over 300 research and urban design projects along with training programs throughout the U.S and abroad. She has published several books and previously taught at Pratt Institute School of Architecture.
Independent Music Professional
Kees Went is a composer and sound designer, based in the Netherlands. As a researcher on sound culture and sound in public space he is also active as a sound designer and consultant for urban design and development projects. He regularly conducts workshops and masterclasses on Urban Sound Design at home and abroad.
Owner of Vanschagen architecten
Klaas Waarheid joined Van Schagen Architekten in 1996, and he is director since 2001. Klaas is supervisor of several projects within the office, and has a decisive voice in the firm’s design decisions and in monitoring the project realisations. He received his education at the HTS, Academy of Architecture, and the Delft University of Technology. www.vanschagenarchitekten.com.
Project Manager at City and County of San Francisco
Co-founder of Bureau KM
Kyra Kuitert is together with Rosemarie Maas founder of Bureau KM.
Project manager for the South Harbour area, Municipality of Copenhagen.
Lars Korn is an architect and planner and works as project manager for the South Harbour area, at the Municipality of Copenhagen. He has been working with the South Harbour area since 1999.
Member of the neighborhood initiative Zuiddijk en Zaan
Laura Dumas is member of the neighborhood initiative Zuiddijk en Zaan.
Head of the City Planning, Extension and Design Unit of UN-Habitat
Laura Petrella is the head of the City Planning, Extension and Design Unit of UN-Habitat which supports city, regional and national authorities in developing and implementing policies, plans and designs through a participatory process for more compact, better integrated and connected cities that foster equitable sustainable urban development. Prior, she was the coordinator for the Safer Cities Programme of UN-Habitat for more than 8 years.
Urban development project assistant for the Municipality of Tilburg
Managing Director of Eutropian
Levente Polyak is urban planner, researcher and policy adviser. He has worked on urban regeneration programmes for the New York, Paris, Rome, Vienna and Budapest municipalities. He taught at MOME and BUTE (Budapest) and TU Wien, was visiting fellow at Columbia University and the ENSA Paris-Malaquais and holds a PhD in Sociology from the Central European University. He is editor of Cooperative City, co-founder of Eutropian Research & Action (Vienna-Rome) and member of KÉK (Budapest). He has been working as Lead Expert in URBACT and Urban Innovative Actions projects. In the past years, he has been researching new organisational and economic models of community-led urban development projects and methodologies of civic ecosystem-building, co-authoring the books Vacant City, Civil Város and Funding the Cooperative City. Email: levente.polyak@kek.org.hu, Twitter: @levenpoly
Urban Innovator at UrbanBoost
As an urban innovator Lex works on community driven projects, making the difference in the public space and cities more livable. From small public scale to major area development projects. Community building and placemaking are always the main components of the projects. UrbanBoost designs also interventions in the public space. Email: Lex@urbanboost.nl Phone: +31 6 28128755 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/urbanboostnl/
Researcher based at the Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University
Lorena Axinte is part of the SUSPLACE Innovative Training Network. Based at the Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University, she is interested in how 'unusual suspects', such as young people, can have a say in planning and decision-making to influence the development of their communities. Find out more on her Twitter @lorena_ax
City architect for the Municipality of Arnhem
Luuk Tepe is city architect for the Municipality of Arnhem.
Environmental psychologist and policy advisor for the Municipality of Dordrecht
Mariska Kien is environmental psychologist and policy advisor for the Municipality of Dordrecht
Program manager Strategy, Havensteder
Mark van de Velde is an (urban) sociologist. In his career he has worked from various perspectives on the development of the city, among others within cultural organizations, the government and consulting firms. He is now member of the management of housing corporation Havensteder (Rotterdam) where he works on tactic policies and area development.
Architect-Director at Marlies Rohmer Architects&Urbanists
Marlies Rohmer studied Architecture and Urbanism at the Delft University of Technology. In 1986 she started her architectural office in Amsterdam, which currently has 15 employees. The agency is working internationally on various types of architectural projects. Additionally Marlies Rohmer is supervisor of various urban projects, member of quality teams, and a visiting teacher at colleges and universities of architecture at home and abroad. www.rohmer.nl.
Co-founder and partner of OKRA Landscape Architects
Martin Knuijt is founding partner of OKRA, a prominent landscape architecture and urban planning office in the Netherlands. Within his work on complex urban and landscape development projects he is driven to integrate social relevant themes, such as design for all, healthy city and climate resilient design. Contact martinknuijt@okra.nl
Urbanist and associate at STIPO
Mattijs van ‘t Hoff is an urbanist, graduated at the Delft University of Technology. He has worked for the city development department of the City of Rotterdam on various projects in urban design and transformation. Since 2013 he works as an urban designer and researcher, independent and in cooperation with Stipo team for urban strategy. In addition he is a visiting lecturer in urbanism at Delft University of Technology.
Manager of the Inner-city, Municipality The Hague
Max Jeleniewski is manager of the Inner-city in The Hague, and advisor for local governments in Russia (e.g. Moscow) on issues of restructuring, implementing and managing Urban Development Programs. Beside this he lectures on the subject of Urban and Inner-city Development in a number of academic institutions in the Netherlands and abroad.
PhD Candidate, University of Amsterdam
Meredith is an urban planner and mobility expert, based in the Netherlands since 2010. She is a PhD candidate at the Urban Cycling Institute at the University of Amsterdam researching how transportation policies and practices are transferred from one context to another. She lives in Amsterdam with her husband, two daughters, 6 bikes and no car.
Urban planner & designer at the City of Rotterdam
Merel Scheltema is an (almost) graduated urban planner & designer and passionate about improving the environment and quality of public spaces. She believes that by working together people can create vibrant and attractive places and we can work on water sensitive design and climate adaptation at the same time!
Strategic account manager for the Municipality of Tilburg
Urban Design Expert and host of The Life-Sized City
Mikael Colville-Andersen is a Danish-Canadian urban design expert and founder and partner at Copenhagenize Design Co. the go-to consultancy for bicycle urbanism, planning, traffic and communications. He is a sought-after keynote speaker on the subjects of urbanism, liveable cities and bicycle urbanism and the host of the global tv series about urbanism, The Life-Sized City. Get in touch through Instagram: copenhagenizer, Twitter: copenhagenize, or Facebook: facebook.com/colvilleandersen
Urban Designer-Architect
Mishkat Ahmed-Raja
Shopping street manager and advisor
Nel de Jager, educated as an urban sociologist, works with a passion for the city. Since 1987 she has been shopping street manager of the Haarlemmerbuurt in Amsterdam, and since 2005 operates as an independent adviser on shopping streets and management. She regularly gives lectures at schools, and advises organizations with solicited and unsolicited comments.
Founder and director of The Busking Project
Nick Broad is a busking advocate based in the UK who has filmed street performers in 40 cities in 30 countries on 5 continents. He runs buskr.com, a busking-based tech start up, has been quoted on busking in the House of Lords, and has commissioned research on busking policy…but he is not a busker.
Head of the Spatial Development Department at the Municipality of Papendrecht
Email: nam.opde.Laak@papendrecht.nl Phone: +31787706344
Independent Architecture & Planning Professional
Norman Mintz is one of the pioneers of the Main Street movement. With over 40 years of experience, he specializes in providing Urban Design, Organization and Management solutions while encouraging community participation in all aspects of the downtown revitalisation process. He wrote the book Cities Back From The Edge: New Life For Downtown, teaches at Columbia University and Pratt Institute, and serves as a Senior Associate for Project for Public Spaces (PPS).
Chief Urban Designer City of Amsterdam
Paco Bunnik is an architect and urban designer working for the Amsterdam Municipality. Current work includes supervising northern IJ-river developments NDSM and Buiksloterham and supervisory team Zuidas. Besides design and strategy he contributes in light & art projects and new qualitative lighting policy for the city.
Projectleider Lombardijen en Vreewijk bij Havensteder
Paul works at housing corporation Havensteder on two Rotterdam neighbourhoods: Lombardijen and Vreewijk. He is developing these areas by creating their own specific and identifiable stories. Not alone, but together with the inhabitants and the municipality of Rotterdam. With these stories they want to get new parties interested to invest in these neighbourhoods. Email: paul.elleswijk@havensteder.nl Phone: +31647101870.
Director of the faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at PUCRS
Paulo Horn Regal is an architect and urbanist, and professor at the PUCRS in Porto Alegre (Brazil) since 1977, and is currently Director of the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism. He is a member of the Council of International Federation for Housing and Planning and leads of the Research Group on Graphical Expression and Creativity – CNPq-Brazil.
Former Councillor of the Municipality of Doetinchem
Founder and president at Placemaking Plus
Peter Groenendaal was born, raised and educated in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and has also lived in Canada, USA, and the Caribbean. He is currently an active conduit for placemaking in communities around the world, beating the pavement in search of zealous nuts. He is the founder of Placemaking Plus, co-founder of Urban Space Agency, and proud member of the Placemaking Leadership Council and UN-Habitat’s Future of Places. www.placemakingplus.com.
Senior communications consultant for the Municipality of Breda
Director Netherlands, Locatus
Peter Nieland has worked his entire career in the real estate data; over thirty years ago he started at the Dutch Kadaster (Land Registry). In 2007 he joined Locatus as commercial director, and in 2011 he became managing director of Locatus Netherlands. Peter is a man of geographic information systems (GIS) and maps. He regularly talks with retailers and real estate companies, and thus has a good knowledge of what is going on in the retail market. www.locatus.com.
Communication consultant for the Municipality of Amsterdam
Pien van der Ploeg is communication consultant at the Amsterdam Bureau for Communication for the municipality of Amsterdam.
Project manager at Municipality of Rotterdam
René Dutrieux worked as a project manager at the planning department of the municipality of Rotterdam. Later he became the square manager of the Vereniging Verenigd Schouwburgplein in Rotterdam.
Urban anthropologist & advisor at STIPO
Renée Rooijmans is an urban anthropologist at STIPO. Her experience with tactical urbanism in both the Netherlands and Canada (Vancouver) ranges from urban agriculture to pop-up ping pong. As an author she was involved with "The City At Eye Level: for Kids" and is part of the editorial team of the upcoming edition "City at Eye Level: Cities of Tomorrow".
Project Leader
Richard Dobson, an architect by training, worked for over ten years for the eThekwini Municipality in Durban as a project leader, first of the Warwick Junction Urban Renewal Project and then for the inner city renewal programme. He left the Municipality in 2006 to establish the NPO Asiye eTafuleni that focuses on offering design and facilitation services to those working in the informal economy. His professional technical, design and project work has been recognized through various national and international awards and citations.
Councillor of City Management for the Municipality of Dordrecht
Rinette Reynvaan is councillor of City Management for the Municipality of Dordrecht
Owner at VWI, VON WEILER INVESTMENTS
Robin von Weiler is an independent Rotterdam real estate investor within family connection. He uses his enthusiasm, network, knowledge and experience of the city with its history, architecture and atmosphere to motivate and inspire others, and thus to let changes take place. The revival of the shopping street Meent and its side streets is a good example of this approach.
Placemaking activist and practitioner
Rony Al Jalkh is a Placemaking activist and practitioner from Lebanon and a Senior Fellow at Project for Public Spaces.
Development manager at BPD
Rosalie de Boer is development manager at BPD.
Co-founder of Bureau KM
Rosemarie Maas is together with Kyra Kuitert founder of Bureau KM.
Programme manager at the Municipality of The Hague.
Ruud Ridderhof is Programme manager of public space at the Department of City management for the Municipality of The Hague.
Director of Strategy - Innovation, Design & User Centric Transformation
www.definingfactors.com samar@hechaime.com
Urban psychologist & associate at STIPO
Strategic advisor for the Social domain for the for the Municipality of Zaanstad
Saskia de Man is strategic advisor for the Social domain for the for the Municipality of Zaanstad.
Plinth manager of the Zuidas
Member of the neighborhood initiative Zuiddijk en Zaan
Simone Ronchetti is member of the neighborhood initiative Zuiddijk en Zaan.
Text & Communication about landscape architecture at Bureau B+B
Sofia Opfer is a creative and intelligent writing talent with great knowledge of (landscape) architecture, housing and nature. She has experience writing for publications, websites, office documentation, newsletters, press releases, tenders and procurement. She currently works at Bureau B plus B - Urbanism and Landscape in Amsterdam.
Advisor, trainer and facilitator
Sophie Kiesouw is an advisor and facilitator of social innovation. Driven by a strong belief in bottom-up and collaborative approaches, working with local communities is what she loves most. She graduated in sociology, with a thesis on belonging in public space working together with the Brazilian ‘Instituto Elos’. Afterwards, she co-founded Starters4Communities, a social enterprise working with bottom-up initiatives in The Netherlands. Moreover in 2017, she organized Community Lab in Beirut, to train young architects in participatory methods. Contact: sophiekiesouw@gmail.com
Associate Professor of Urban Design at TU Delft
Stefan van der Spek studied architecture at TU Delft followed by a PhD thesis called ‘Connectors the Way beyond Transferring’. In 2007 he initiated an international expert network on the application of tracking technologies called ‘Urbanism on Track’. www.bk.tudelft.nl/uot. Since 2012 he is Associate Professor for the Chair of Urban Design lecturing in the MSc and BSc on ‘Activity Patterns in Public Space’. Today his focus is on the implementation of 3D modelling and new technologies such as Virtual- and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) as design tools in the (urban) design process.
Architect at Coopolis
Stefanie Raab is an architect and has a long-term experience in conception and moderation of participative neighbourhood development processes. She invented the concept of the ‘Zwischennutzungsagentur’ an realized it together with Maria Richarz from 2005 - 2011. Since 2010 the aspect of cooperation became more relevant, so the office was renamed as coopolis, which today is active in a wide range of public and private cooperative neighbourhood development projects. www.coopolis.de
Research officer at Asiye eTafuleni
Tasmi Quazi has worked in research and advocacy around sustainable architecture, urban planning and design, and informality for ten years. She is currently a doctoral candidate of Development Studies with a background in architecture and design, particularly participatory approaches. She has been merging aspects of design training with the field of development research and implementation at the Durban-based NPO Asiye eTafuleni, that focuses on the promotion and development of good practices in inclusive planning and design.
Lecturer at Erasmus University Rotterdam
Thaddeus Muller has a PhD from the University of Amsterdam and wrote his dissertation on 'The Warm City’, examining the interactions between strangers in public space. He owns a research office since 2007 called "De Warme Stad". His work focuses on social conflict, cooperation and transformation in an urban context. In 2009 he joined the Criminology section of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he does research on youth, public space, fear and entertainment in the city, ethnic cooperation and neighbourhood conflicts.
Partner at Stadkwadraat
Theo Stauttener is partner at Stadkwadraat.
Founder of CleanPicnic
Thijs Verheugen is founder of CleanPicnic. The most cheerful garbage bag in the word! A CleanPicnic blanket and garbage bag all-in-one makes cleaning up fun and easy. We make cheerful picnic blankets with customade designs that are easy to fold in closed garbage bags for municipalities and companies.To give away for free to picnickers so they can keep parks and recreation area's clean themselves. Email: thijs@cleanpicnic.nl Phone: +31629057171
Urban researcher and advisor with a focus on sustainable energy, building physics, mobility and climate change
Real estate development project manager for the Municipality of Tilburg
Founder of WYNE Strategy & Innovation
Tony Wijntuin is the founder of WYNE Strategy & Innovation, a consultancy firm which specializes in the commercial development of high traffic locations. Putting the customer first, WYNE Strategy & Innovation focuses on how to add value through development and implementation of retail, food & beverages and other customer services. www.wyne.nl.
Urban Design and spatial planner
Viktor Kasala, student of Urban Design and Spatial planning on Faculty of Architecture at Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. Now working on diploma project orientated on regional development led by dean doc Ing. arch. Lubica Vítková, PhD.
STIPO Thessaloniki & Freelance urbanist
Owner of Urban Unlimited
Wies Sanders is urban planner and since 2000 partner in Urban Unlimited, consultancy in urban development within the network society. Spatial development is never addressed by her from land development, but always from relationships between people, space, time and mobility. In addition, Wies is managing director of the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam and publishes irregularly in various media and on the web. www.urbanunlimited.nl.
Area manager at WijkontwikkeLAAR
Willem van Laar is a developer specialising in neighbourhoods and districts. His passion and expertise is about working together with residents and professionals on a new opportunity or development. In recent years local economy, social neighbourhood teams and self-management of public space has been main topics in his field of work. Willem has a technical and business background, has extensive experience as a district manager. The last three years he worked as an independent adviser and district developer. www.wijkontwikkelaar.nl.
Owner of ANNA Vastgoed & Cultuur
Willemijn de Boer is owner of ANNA Vastgoed & Cultuur (ANNA Real Estate & Culture), a company that manages vacant real estate. ANNA reactivates locations and buildings for short periods of time with functions that complement the different needs of the surrounding neighbourhood. www.annavastgoedencultuur.nl.
Manager Community Planning at City of Toronto
Willie Macrae is an urban planner in the Community Planning Division at the City of Toronto. He is responsible for new development applications and planning studies in the King-Parliament area of downtown Toronto, which includes the historic Distillery District. Prior to working in Toronto, Willie was a land use planner in Whistler, British Columbia.
Research fellow and lecturer at the Delft University of Technology
Wouter Jan Verheul is research fellow and lecturer at the Delft University of Technology.
Co-founder and partner of Omgevingspsycholoog
Wouter Tooren is a lecturer and researcher in Environmental Psychology. He is a managing partner at Eyckveld, a firm specialized in the appliance of Environmental Psychology into architecture, urbanism and industrial design.