Onderwijs & onderzoek


Ik geef gastcolleges op verschillendeHogeScholen en Universiteiten in binnen- en buitenland. Graag wil ik mensen voorstellingen en ideeën aanbieden, uitdagen, in gesprek gaan met (jonge) mensen om ook van hun blik en ideeen op en over de wereld te kunnen leren en ontdekken.  Onderzoek en projecten doe ik samen met verschillende kennis- en ervaringspartners partners (univeristeiten en hogescholen, kennisinstituten).


Where natural systems are evolved in delicate relationships with the surrounding environment, intricately linked to the ebbs and energetic flows of the planet, mans largest metabolic construction, the city, is inextricably tied to an unsustainable, constantly accelerating pace of life. The current metabolic trajectory of the city and by extension humanity, far exceeds the capacities of the planet. This trajectory is defined by the growth of the city and its cultural and socioeconomic structure which necessitates continual consumption and growth in order to survive. The mass increase in population over the next fifty years will not only exasperate the inequalities of humanity but also increase the severity of climate change to unprecedented and irreversible levels. A future where mans unsustainable relationship to material, energy and information flows may result in the collapse of our entire socioeconomic structure.

Research & Lectures

  • werkgebieden&thema's onderwijs 2Comprises connected, symbiotic and intelligent relationships between inhabitants, infrastructure, biosystem
  • Social equality, poverty recution and slum uplifting
  • Integrated social economic and ecologic urban transition
  • Fuses natural ecosystem & man-made biomimetic technology into one inclusive system
  • Adaptive, shape shifting and chromataphoric, changing form and color
  • Embeds the principle of homeostasis, regulating internal environment
  • Emergent, living architecture in ‘conversation’ with its environment, today through technology, tomorrow through biology
  • Self-organizing and self-repairing materials and structures
  • Symbiotic inter-dependent relationships at city scale micro – macro
  • Evolving synthetic biologies and hybrid biologies and cross-overs
  • Low-tec & hi-tech synthetic bio-technologies,
  • Biomimicry, Resilience, Complex Adaptive Systems

Waar natuurlijke systemen zijn geëvolueerd in delicate relaties met de omgeving en  onlosmakelijk verbonden met de energieke biofysische en thermodynamische stromen van de planeet,  is de grootste metabolische menselijke constructie , de stad, verbonden met een onhoudbaar, steeds sneller tempo van het leven. Het huidige metabolisch traject van de stad, bevolkingsgroei en urbanisatie is veel groter dan de draagkracht van de planeet. Dit traject wordt bepaald door de groei van de stad en haar culturele en sociaal-economische structuur die noodzaakt tot voortdurende consumptie en groei om te overleven. De massale toename van de bevolking in de komende vijftig jaar zal niet alleen de ongelijkheid tussen mensen doen toenemen, maar ook de ernst van de ecologische crisis tot ongekende en onomkeerbare niveaus brengen.

Onderzoek & Lezingen

  • Connected, symbiotische en intelligente relaties tussen de inwoners, de infrastructuur, biosysteem
  • Symbiose tussen natuurlijk ecosysteem en man-made biomimetische technologie tot één inclusief systeem
  • Sociale uitsluiting en stratificatie, armoede, werk en onderwijs
  • Integrale sociaal economische ecologische stedelijke transities.
  • Nieuwe vernieuwende financieringsmodellen.
  • Adaptiviteit, vormverandering (shape-shifting) en chromataphoric ontwerp, veranderende vormen en kleuren
  • Integreert het principe van de homeostase, het reguleren van het interne milieu
  • Emergente, levende architectuur in symbiose met de omgeving, vandaag door middel van technologie, morgen door biologie
  • Zelf-organiserende en zelfherstellende materialen en structuren
  • Symbiotische relaties op schaal van de stad micro – macro
  • Evoluerende synthetische Biologie en hybride biologie en cross-overs
  • Low-tec & hi-tech synthetische biotechnologieën,
  • Biomimicry, Veerkracht, complexe adaptieve systemen

European cities

wewrkgebiden&thema's onderwijsEurope has a decisively polycentric system of cities. Bucking the global trend, inward urban migration has been slow for 30 years in Europe. Whereas East Asia has 39 metropolitan areas with a population greater than five million, Europe only has 10. This means that European cities must compete much more on quality than quantity. Europe depends upon successful ‘middleweight’ metropolitan cities within successful national economies for a substantial proportion of its global trade.

There are two truly global cities in Europe with the genuine scale, quality and experience to function as all-round global hubs – London and Paris. Within an enlarged economic region, Istanbul and Moscow also possess the size, status, location and market access to become hubs for global business clusters. This quartet of European economic capitals is steadily growing in size, productivity and investment attraction.Increasing specialisation and cross-border complementarity means that a European system of cities is emerging. National systems and nation states still matter, and they shape the performance of all cities.

The successful economic development in Western Europe, is still visible today but different cities are succeeding. Berlin, Cambridge and Stockholm have outperformed Amsterdam, Birmingham and Milan, and are enhancing their own global specialisations in sectors such as digital & creative industries, biotechnology and low-carbon goods.

Cities in central Europe are also emerging onto the global scene but at different paces, and with varied success. The nexus of central European capitals (Berlin, Budapest, Prague, Vienna, Warsaw) have not yet developed a combined growth dynamic. Polish cities, aided by purposeful national policies, are making substantial progress.

Infrastructure, skills, education, culture, sustainability and quality of life remain core strengths that European cities combine more successfully than any other continental group. Europes best-endowed cities also exhibit many of the traits of global fluency; a cultural and trade legacy of internationalism, excellent cross-border connectivity, a compelling identity and reputation, and an ethos of cutting-edge innovation. Smaller cities across Europe, especially outside the ‘blue banana’, are struggling to retain population and talent and to build productivity.Many require new strategies and pathways towards internationalisation that may involve better relationships with neighbouring cities and a new assessment of how to compete in global markets. Cities to the south and east of Europe have lost much of the impetus gained in the last economic cycle, and are experiencing the negative effects that globalisation can bring. Many are low-risk cities in medium-risk nations, but face critical levels of youth unemployment that require urgent and innovative solutions. Most possess elements of international engagement – notably tourism, design and culture – but need to grasp and embed other traits of global fluency.