In what ways did city and forest work together in the past, and in what ways could they work together in the future? These are the key questions behind the ‘forest urbanism initiative’ of TU Delft's Urban Forestry research group. On Thursday 14 December, they will organize the 2nd symposium from Green Cities Europe - NL with lectures by various experts, including Gerwin de Vries.
The speakers, panelists and the audience will together discuss opportunities, possibilities and guidelines for the future; about the relationship between the Netherlands' forests and urban issues, how to deal with forests in and around our cities, or developing a new kind of 'forest urbanism'.
Date: 14 December
Time: 13.00 - 17.30 hours
Location: Delft University of Technology, Berlage Rooms, Julianalaan 134 (Building 8), 2628 BL Delft
Cost: Free participation, registration required
Climate-adaptive stations Oude Lijn
Flux has been commissioned by Prorail to conduct a design research on climate-adaptive stations along the Oude Lijn. The project will examine different station areas and develop concrete measures and principles for different station types and station areas. This research is a follow-up to the exploratory design research Climate Adaptive Stations together with Bureau Spoorbouwmeester, NS Stations and ProRail.
Flux werkt aan Binckhorst Den Haag
In de Binckhorst wordt gebouwd aan een nieuw stuk stad. Het voormalige bedrijventerrein van 130 hectare groot wordt getransformeerd tot een aantrekkelijk stedelijk gemengd woon-, werk- en leefgebied in het centrum van Den Haag. Het is daarmee een van de grootste binnenstedelijke transformaties in Nederland.
In opdracht van de Gemeente Den Haag gaan we samen met BURA, De Mannen van Schuim, PartnersRO en Stadkwadraat BV en APPM Management Consultants aan de slag met de gebiedsvisie en bijbehorende ontwikkelstrategie voor de doorontwikkeling van de Binckhorst. In een interactief proces met de gemeente en betrokken stakeholders bouwen wij, met het unieke DNA van de Binckhorst als vertrekpunt, aan een ambitieuze visie. Ook bieden we handvatten voor meer sturing en regie op de kwaliteit van de toekomstige Binckhorst. De focus ligt op meer regie op de ontwikkeling en op meer ruimtelijke kwaliteit in het gebied, met respect voor de bestaande stad en alles dat daarbij hoort. De ontwikkelstrategie voor de doorontwikkeling van de Binckhorst gaat zowel in op het ‘wat’ als de strategie om daar te komen, het ‘hoe’.
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Rixt en Kasper winners Graduation Award Blauwe Kamer!
The winners of the Graduation Award, organized by Blauwe Kamer, were announced on Thursday, November 16. Three colleagues from Flux were nominated for the award: Kasper Neeleman, Britt Piek and Rixt Meeuwissen. In the bachelor projects, the first prize went to Rixt Meeuwissen with her project on a new city park in Rotterdam-West. In the master projects, Kasper Neeleman took second prize with his park design in an old stone quarry near Maastricht. Flux is very proud of this achievement and also congratulates the other winners of the Graduation Awards.
Flux is looking for new interns per February/March 2024!
Dordrecht city park
Flux worked on a vision and design for city park Dordrecht. Different components of the park have been designed and detailed, such as routes, greenery, water, program and objects. Characteristic for the park is a 12-km-long park run for different users with the integration of sports and more space for nature and water in different park biotopes. Commissioned by Municipality of Dordrecht.
In recent months, several schools visited Flux: students from the University of Manitoba (Canada), Larenstein and TU Delft were given a tour through the office and introduced to the design practice of Flux. It was very nice to do and is also important to exchange, as far as we are concerned this can only contribute to a stronger field! With presentations by Kris Kersten, Robert Kapel, Fábio Alzate Martinez, Gerwin de Vries, Britt Piek, Hylke Vonk and Rixt Meeuwisen.
Vision Hunze Groningen
Flux has developed a vision for the river Hunze in Groningen, commissioned by the municipality of Groningen. The vision shows how the Hunze could once again play a stronger role in and around the city of Groningen, both in the water system, urban transformations and in greening the city. The Hunze thus forms an essential structure for the city of Groningen, drawing landscape into the city. There are opportunities here for water storage, cooling and improving biodiversity. Urbanisation can also be oriented in the form of new edges along the Hunze. Various subareas together form a characteristic series along the Hunze, but each requires a specific approach. The vision depicts the opportunities and also proposes specific spatial design principles.
In collaboration with Lieke Jildou de Jong (Landscape Collected) and commissioned by the municipality of Groningen.
On 28 September, Flux organised a symposium on the opportunities for new forest in the Netherlands. With the design research Holtland Flux has done several cases on new forest, over the past two years, and worked with several partners in these researches.
In existing studies on forests, Flux sees a high level of abstraction and a lot of focus on surfaces. Therefore, Flux considers it valuable to investigate the planting of forests in the Netherlands. Here the focus is on diversity of forest types, a strong relationship with major current challenges in the Netherlands and a concrete spatial elaboration. The Holtland design research resulted in four parts:
the Utrechts Heuvelland (i.c.w. Provincie Utrecht), Bossen voor bouwen (i.c.w. Synchroon), a study into Rivierbossen (i.c.w. WWF) and the Bossenboek (i.c.w. SBB).
As a common thread of the research cases Flux created a Holtland manifesto with the 10 most important lessons for new forests in the Netherlands.
Would you like to read the manifesto? It can be found digitally here and, on request, sent by post (mail to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Design Research Climate Adaptive Stations
Torrential rains, periods of prolonged drought, a succession of tropical days: it requires adaptation of our stations and station areas. Commissioned by Bureau Spoorbouwmeester, NS and ProRail, Flux worked on the design research Climate Adaptive Stations, which developed concrete design tools for dealing with climate change at stations. In the design research, a GIS analysis was done of 25 stations in the Netherlands on 22 different climate issues and a specific climate profile and associated transition path was made for each station. This transition path links directly to the climate assignment, the strategy to be followed and matching measures for the stations. This transition path can be completed for each station in the Netherlands, providing a clear picture of the climate challenge, the strategy to be followed and the associated measures.