Nature Based Metropolitan Solutions

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How can ecosystems contribute to quality of life and a more livable, healthier and more resilient urban environment?

Have you ever considered all the different benefits the ecosystem could potentially deliver to you and your surroundings? Unsustainable urbanization has resulted in the loss of biodiversity, the destruction of habitats and has therefore limited the ability of ecosystems to deliver the advantages they could confer.

This course establishes the priorities and highlights the direct values of including principles based on natural processes in urban planning and design. Take a sewage system or a public space for example. By integrating nature-based solutions they can deliver the exact same performance while also being beneficial for the environment, society and economy.

Increased connectivity between existing, modified and new ecosystems and restoring and rehabilitating them within cities through nature-based solutions provides greater resilience and the capacity to adapt more swiftly to cope with the effects of climate change and other global shifts.

This course will teach you about the design, construction, implementation and monitoring of nature-based solutions for urban ecosystems and the ecological coherence of sustainable cities. Constructing smart cities and metropolitan regions with nature-based ecosystems will secure a fair distribution of benefits from the renewed urban ecology.

Instructors, with advanced expertise in Urban Ecology, Environmental Engineering, Urban Planning and Design, will equip designers and planners with the skills they need for the sustainable management of the built environment. The course will also benefit stakeholders from both private and public sectors who want to explore the multiple benefits of restored ecosystems in cities and metropolitan regions. They will gain the knowledge and skills required to make better informed and integrated decisions on city development and urban regeneration schemes.

This course forms a part of the educational programme of the AMS Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions and will present the state-of-the-art theories and methods developed by the Delft University of Technology and Wageningen University & Research, two of the founding universities of the AMS Institute.


Arjan van Timmeren
Arjan van Timmeren
Arjan van Timmeren is professor of the chair in Environmental Technology & Design at the faculty of Architecture at TU Delft and lead Principle Investigator of the Amsterdam-based Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS). He was awarded his PhD with distinction for his research into the optimum scale for the preservation of the water, energy and nutrient flows in the built environment (2006, TU Delft). Arjan heads various research projects in the field of sustainable area development and integration of sustainable technologies in buildings and urban areas. In his spare time Arjan likes to paint, run, do Pilates, avant-garden and enjoy Mediterranean meals and wines.
Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin
Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin

Taneha K. Bacchin is an architect, researcher and educator specialized in the field of Landscape Urbanism. She has been Assistant Professor in Urban Design and Research Program Leader and Coordinator of Education of the Delta Urbanism Interdisciplinary Research Program at the Department of Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment since 2016.

She holds a PhD (double degree) in Landscape Architecture and Water Science & Engineering from Delft University of Technology jointly with UNESCO-IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in which she focused on urban landscape infrastructure design in water sensitive cities.

Before starting her academic carrier, she worked for architecture and urban planning practices in Brazil, Italy and Denmark. Her research and projects focus on the relationship between landscape architecture and urban form, environment, infrastructure and territory. She has expertise in water (sensitive) design, planning, and engineering. Her current work deals with the changing nature of the territorial project, addressing spatial, political, and economic aspects of environmental risk, extreme weather and resource scarcity. As urban designer and researcher, she has been invited as lecturer and design critic at UNESCO-IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Erasmus Intensive Delta Cities Program, University of São Paulo, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Luleå University of Technology, UC Berkeley, Dalhousie Canada, Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture.

Filippo Lafleur
Filippo Lafleur

Filippo LaFleur has been a researcher and teacher at the Faculty of Architecture in the Department of Urbanism since 2015. He is responsible for research within the Transitional Territories graduation studio; North Sea, Landscape of Coexistence, and for the Delta Urbanism research group, specifically under the framework of DIMI Delft Delta Initiative on Mobility and Infrastructures project: NEXT / EXTREME – Constructed Natures. Before he has been principal investigator in the interdisciplinary research under the framework of the special project: Intelligent SubSurface from 2015 until 2017.

His interest lies at the intersection between landscape, urbanism and ecology 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 instruments.

Geert van der Meulen
Geert van der Meulen

Geert van der Meulen has been a researcher at the Chair of Urban Design, Theory and Methods of the Department of Urbanism at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at Delft University of Technology since 2018.

Before, Geert completed his master at the Water Management department of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences with an interdisciplinary project focusing on transitional flood risk management anticipating to extreme future sea level rise scenarios in close collaboration with UNESCO-IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management. Geert has an interest for the field of climate change adaptation which was originally sparked by interdisciplinary projects on urban water management, collaborating with designers, planners, policy makers and engineers.