My expertise lies in the field of research, strategies and design for healthy cities and landscapes. I believe spatial quality and a healthy eco-system should go hand in hand. I have a special focus on (historical) water systems, like river, drainage and irrigation systems, and a special interest in drinking water systems.
My work embodies teaching and research on heritage landscapes and water systems at the faculty of Architecture at the TU Delft, urban greening spatial development strategies for cities like Rotterdam, design research for healthy cities and landscapes in the Netherlands and abroad.
With a special expertise on Dutch (heritage) landscapes I conduct assessments of landscapes, their structures and artefacts for Dutch bodies of government on the bases of which these governments are able to develop their spatial development strategies. Amongst other i conducted an assessment of the cultural landscape and historical villages in Korendijk / The Hoeksche Waard.
Together with Inge Bobbink, associate professor at TU Delft, I published two books about the Dutch Landscape:
Land inSight and Water inSight.
In 2015 I started collaborating with Mo Smit in the design research; Welcome to the Fashion Village. In this study we look at the how industrial live and work environments of the fashion producing communities in the metropole of Bandung Indonesia could be transformed into healthy live and work environments. This project is funded and supported by Netherlands Enterprise Agency and the Creative Industries Fund NL.
In 2013 I conducted a design research ‘Landwerk Walcheren’ in Walcheren one of our coastal delta landscapes and a popular holiday destination. Here we looked at a possible synergy between the nowadays strictly divided cultural, recreational and natural landscapes.
In collaboration with design and research collective KRACHTGROEN we develop co-creative greening strategies to create healthy and green cities and neighbourhoods. We work for the municipality of Rotterdam and conducted the European Interregional project Functional Green.
I enjoy working on complex projects from a neighbourhood to regional scale with multidiscplinary teams. If you are interested in working with me please feel free to contact me.