Elijah Agevi is 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 a leading expert on Governance, Decentralization and Devolution having been a member of the national committee on devolution. 

Mishkat Ahmed-Raja resides and practices in Mumbai, India, and studied urban design at the University of California, Berkeley. Her master’s thesis received the 2nd prize in the 2011 Asia-Pacific Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction in the “Next Generation” category. Her current work involves development feasibility studies, master plans, public space guidelines, and place-making strategies to public and private clients. She is also visiting the faculty for Urban Design at Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture, Mumbai.

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.

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

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.

Frank van Beek is the director and co-owner of Lingotto in Amsterdam. Lingotto specializes in transformation and redevelopment of existing buildings and sites in an urban context. Their strength lies in inventing and realizing effective concepts. Lingotto develops projects at own account and risk, and as managing developer on behalf of a client. www.lingotto.nl

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.

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 

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. http://www.annavastgoedencultuur.nl

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. www.buskr.com

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, the award-winning 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

Mikael Colville-Andersen is a Danish-Canadian urban designer and urban mobility expert. He is the CEO and founder of Copenhagenize Design Co. the go-to consultancy for bicycle culture, planning, traffic and communications. The firm advises cities and governments around the world towards becoming more bicycle friendly. He is a sought-after keynote speaker on the subjects of urbanism, liveable cities and bicycle urbanism. www.copenhagenize.eu 

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.

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.

Vivian Doumpa is an urban planner and geographer from Thessaloniki, Greece, and living in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Since a young age she has developed a deep interest and love for arts & culture and especially for music, therefore she’s combining her passion for urbanism with that for arts in the research field of Creative Cities. Currently she’s working as a freelancer, collaborating on projects in culture and creativity, public space & placemaking, urban & spatial development, as well as research on issues related to street performers.

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.

Gábor Everraert studied Human Geography at the University of Amsterdam with a mayor in Urban Geography. His field of interest lies specifically in place-making and acupunctural development of city streets and neighbourhoods. He is currently a project manager at the department of urban development in Rotterdam and over the last 4 years he has been involved in many projects to embellish the city-centre, including a inner-city plinth strategy.

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.

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 

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 

Meredith Glaser is an Amsterdam-based urban and mobility strategist, working on both a freelance basis and on international projects with Copenhagenize Design Co. and blogs for Amsterdam Cycle Chic. She hosts international delegations and holds a guest appointment at the University of Amsterdam, conducting research on mobility learning. Meredith was part of the editing team for the coordination of the research, interviews and production for this and the first book. She lives in Amsterdam with her husband, 3 bikes, and no car.

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

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.urbanspaceagency.nl

Sander van der Ham works as an urban psychologist for Stipo, exploring the reciprocal relationship between humans and the environment. Behaviour, thoughts and feelings of each person are affected by his environment, and vice versa. He explores this theme in great detail in his recently published book (in Dutch) “De Stoep.”

Samar Héchaimé is user experience strategist, planner, brand strategist, designer, ethnographer and wayfinder, and she has worked and lived in the USA, China, across Europe and the Middle East. These experiences have enhanced her appreciation of different cultures, and allow her to create unique places that relate to the people and the spaces they inhabit. Her expertise spans a range of users in a broad spectrum of environments (including urban, retail, healthcare, airports), building experience frameworks through which the users write their own, personalized and ever changing, stories and experiences. www.definingfactors.com

Jeniffer Heemann is the co-founder and executive director at Bela Rua, a non-profit organization in Brazil that develops urban projects and solutions focused on people’s behaviour, desires and needs. She studied communications at PUCRS, Brazil, and is the Secretary of the Placemaking Leadership Council Brazil and member of Placemaking Leadership Council. www.belarua.com.br

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.

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.

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 advisor on shopping streets and management. She regularly gives lectures at schools, and advises organizations with solicited and unsolicited comments.

Jeroen Jansen graduated as urban planner and is currently the head of Research and Consultancy in the Netherlands of Savills, a global real estate services provider. He has previously worked for residential investor Vesteda and for leading Dutch retailer Ahold, for which he worked in the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Poland. www.savills.com

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.

Birgit Jürgenhake is an architect, researcher in architecture and residential housing, and co-founder of startruimte010, an incubator for starting talents in spatial design in Rotterdam. She now is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture at Delft University of Technology, where she works on her PhD on the façades of residential housing and its social filter. www.startruimte010.nl

Tanja Nagelsmeier is responsible for trade and commerce development and coordination at HafenCity Hamburg GmbH since May 2011. She coordinates all ground floor activities including strategies for usages, business development and networking. Formerly Tanja advised real estate developers and investors as a member of the Shopping Center Development Team at Jones Lang LaSalle and as a Retail Consultant at GMA, Gesellschaft für Markt- und Absatzforschung, Ludwigsburg. www.hafencity.com 

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 

Hans Karssenberg is the founding partner of Stipo, team for urban strategy and development.. He advises cities, housing providers, developers and NGOs in the Netherlands and internationally. Hans works on complex urban (re)development and co-creation processes and was project manager for the Rotterdam Plinth Strategy. www.stipo.nl 

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

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.

Joep Klabbers is founder of zoarchitecten. He is a lover of places: in the city and inside buildings. Places with meaning, beauty, atmosphere; carefully designed places and coincidental places – but also abandoned and left-over places. 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

Martin Knuijt is one of the founders and partner of OKRA Landscape Architects. Martin is involved in the design and supervision of urban and landscape development projects on a wide range of assignments. These vary from abstract plans and long-term visions to detailed designs for spatial organisation. Within his work, themes like connected, vibrant, healthy and attractive city are all interrelated with social, economical and ecological sustainability. www.okra.nl

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.

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

Jeroen Laven is partner at Stipo. He was the project manager for the three plinths pilots Stipo worked on in Rotterdam. He is an urban planner, working on diverse projects in the Netherlands and abroad. Jeroen is active in revitalising ZOHO Rotterdam, a board member of the Vereniging Verenigd Schouwburgplein and Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam. In all his projects he has a love for co-makership, good public space and plinths, and combining long-term vision and short-term action. www.stipo.nl

Tine van Langelaar studied urbanism at TU Delft and is now a researcher at the Chair of Innovation Sustainable Design and Construction Process at the Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Solutions, Rotterdam University of Applied Science. Tine is project leader for the benchmark and measurement program in a residential district in Rotterdam, and currently works on a worldwide identification of existing measurement systems for vegetated roofs.

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.

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.

Camilla Meijer studied Applied Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, including specialized coursework environmental psychology and technology at the Technical University of Eindhoven and completed an internship at the department of environmental psychology at the City University of New York. Her work focuses on the unique interaction between humans, their behaviour and well-being, and the built environment.

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 revitalization 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).

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

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.

Renee Nycolaas studied urban planning at the University of Amsterdam and now focuses on issues in Brazilian cities: social housing, segregation and inclusion, public space and mobility. Since 2012, she has been working with the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the PUCRS University in Porto Alegre. She is also a Project Officer for the IFHP Latin American Office.

Kris Opbroek was the Project Manager for the Great Streets Program for the City of San Francisco, Department of Public Works, and now heads the international airport division. She is a landscape architect with 15+ years of experience in urban and transportation planning, habitat restoration and sustainable design. Creating opportunities within the streetscape realm to not only improve the quality of life for all street users, but also establishing a green network that enhances the City’s long-term ecological functioning and people’s connection to the natural environment is fundamental to her work.

Henk Ovink is 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 in 2012, entitled “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, published by 010 Publishers.

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.

Gerard Peet is a lecturer at the department of urban and regional planning of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. Among other things he specializes in the history of urban development. In this field he has published a book on the history of the Heemraadssingel, a street in Rotterdam (2000 and on the Nieuwe Binnenweg (2013). He is also preparing a book on the development of skyscrapers outside the USA.

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.

Elisabeth Peyroux is an urban geographer and a social anthropologist. She is a senior researcher at the National Centre for Scientific Research, based in Paris, France (UMR Prodig). She has 20-years of research experience in Southern Africa (South Africa and Namibia), more particularly Johannesburg. She has worked in a number of international research programmes and networks on urban governance, urban restructuring and socio-spatial transformation, as well as on safety and security issues in African cities. Her current research focuses on neoliberalization, urban regeneration and the international circulation of urban policies and models. www.prodig.cnrs.fr/spip.php?article221

Levente Polyák is an urban planner and researcher. He studied architecture, urbanism and sociology in Budapest and Paris, and worked on urban regeneration projects for the New York, Paris, Rome, Vienna and Budapest municipalities. He is a founding member of the Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre and board member of Wonderland Platform for European Architecture. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Central European University in Budapest. www.polyaklevente.net

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.

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’ and 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

Anna Robinson is an urban designer and Sydneysider. She spent five years in the San Francisco Bay Area where she completed a Master of Urban Design at UC Berkeley. She has worked on a diverse range of small- and large-scale urban development projects in Australia, North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. She currently practices as an Associate at Hames Sharley and is undertaking several high profile city-making projects across metropolitan Sydney.

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 

Ben Ruse has been the Director of Media & PR for HS1 Ltd since 2007. HS1 Ltd own and operate the UK’s first and only high-speed railway, High Speed 1, as well as St Pancras International and other international railway stations.

Petra Rutten is the director of Community Development at Heijmans, a leading developer in the Netherlands, and works in urban area development, always together with the municipality, corporations, investors, and with space for local and private initiatives. Petra is also a board member of several organisations, including the Verhalenhuis Belvedere, the Van der Leeuwkring and the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam.

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

Ton Schaap is an urbanist at the City of Amsterdam. He worked on projects such as the Eastern Docklands, the IJ-banks and he designed the plan for the Houthavens in Amsterdam. With Jaap van den Bout, he designed the plan for Overhoeks in Amsterdam North, and with Frits van Dongen and Felix Claus the plan for the Haveneiland, part of IJburg. He is also lector ‘Design in Urbanism’ at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam.

Lai Shouhua is chief planner of Guangzhou Urban Planning & Design Survey Research Institute (GZPI), China.

Filip Smits graduated as an architect-spatial planner in the late 90s at the University of Ghent, and started his career working on the spatial structure in the province of Antwerp. Since 2004 he is involved in the design and implementing of the strategic spatial structure plan for Antwerp and the masterplan of Het Eilandje. In 2006 he took up the role of project manager for Het Eilandje at the AG City Planning of the Municipality of Antwerp.

Stefan van der Spek studied architecture at TU Delft followed by a PhD thesis called ‘Connectors ­the Way beyond Transferring’. Today he is Assistant Professor for the Chair of Urban Design: lecturer in the MSc and BSc for the Departments of Urbanism and Architecture and researcher in the field of Urban Design in ‘Activity Patterns in Public Space’. In 2007 he initiated an international expert network on the application of tracking technologies called ‘Urbanism on Track’. www.bk.tudelft.nl/uot 

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

Jan van Teeffelen is former senior urbanist at the Urban Planning department of the City of Rotterdam. He is a co-author of the book ‘Sense of Place: Atlas of Cultural Ecology of Rotterdam’ (2004), that was the inspiration to ‘The City at Eye level’. Currently he works as initiator for sustainable neighbourhood development.

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. www.eyckveld.nl

Marat Troina has been working in urbanism for ten years, and has participated in interventions in the favelas and working-class neighbourhoods in the metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro. He is working on a PhD at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and is the Vice President at The Institute of Brazilian Architects (2014-2016) and an elected member at the Council of Architecture and Urbanism (2015-2017).

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

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

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. 

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.

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

Kees Went is a composer and sound designer for media and art installations, 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.

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.

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

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

Arin van Zee works as a consultant in the field of housing, welfare, care and durability at Pluk and at Viatore. He is project leader of the Plinth Project at Pluk for Woonbedrijf Ieder1 (Deventer) in collaboration with local stakeholders. www.pluk-web.nl | www.viatore.nl 

Kim Zweerink is a researcher in urban planning history. She is a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology, where she studies the urban development of a number of cities in the Randstad in relation to changes in infrastructure.

About Stipo

Stipo is a multi-disciplinary consultancy team for urban strategy and city development. Its operating area consists of spatial planning and strategy with economic development, culture, urban anthropology, community planning and placemaking. Stipo, based in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, is affiliated with the international network Inspiring Cities and has extensive experience in international exchange settings. Stipo works for cities, housing providers, regions, ministries, private developers, knowledge and innovation centers, international networks and universities.

Stipo stands for Strategy, Innovation, Process development and Open-source. Stipo started at the University of Amsterdam in 1995, and is based on the principle to create stronger cities and stronger societies. Stipo’s core values are the breathing city (long lasting quality), the public city (public realm quality) and the soul city (identity). Stipo approaches the city as a whole with connecting spatial, social, economic, and cultural components. The Stipo team works by the innovative and strategic Stipo approach on urban development. Stipo works in collaborative networks, involving partners and co-makers from both the ‘planned city’ and the ‘lived city’. The Stipo approach ensures that results are not shelved, but used. It is only by integrating content, process, and management that we can safeguard real innovation, improvement, and production – and this is the ultimate objective. Often the Stipo approach leads to new ideas for cities. As a public developer we make ourselves co-responsible to bring these ideas from the strategic level to implementation, always with the co-makers we involve in the projects.

Stipo has an extensive experience in innovative projects, both in The Netherlands and internationally. Stipo shares its knowledge through training programmes, concept development, complex project management in urban practice, knowledge exchange, and social media. The Stipo Academy shares knowledge and insights in the what and how of urban development. Recent themes are the shift from making to being a city, new investment strategies, smart cities, urban development after the crisis, collaborative urban development, co-creation, incubator strategy, organic renewal, urban anthropology and urban psychology, cultural clusters, social enterprise, public squares, area coalitions, child-friendly areas, co-working, vacant buildings, temporary use, the future role of housing providers, synchronicity, soul and plinth strategy.


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