Roundtable Schwechat: Have we reached a limit in making the city? Metropolisation of river basins - between threats and opportunities

Paul Gerretsen is appointed director of the Deltametropolis Association (The Netherlands)

Paul Gerretsen Paul Gerretsen is chief designer in the fields of regional planning, urban planning and architecture. He has studied at the renowned Universities TU Delft and ETH Zurich. He graduated with honourable mention in 1999 at the TU Delft as Master of Architecture. After his education he has been employed by the Dutch National Spatial Planning Agency where he has been involved in studies for the development of strategic regional planning.From 2003 Paul Gerretsen has worked at Maxwan Architects and Urbanists on both urban and regional planning projects. He has been the project leader of the prestigious Barking Riverside Master Plan, a new town for 25'000 people in East-London and the regional project "Deltametropool", a study on the future of the Randstad Region in the Netherlands, housing 7 million inhabitants. Between 2005 and 2007 Paul Gerretsen was appointed Director of the South Wing Studio for Research and Design of the Province South-Holland. In this function he was responsible for projects and publications considering topics such as the Network City, Accessibility and Mixed-Use Areas. Since 2001 he teaches and lectured at numerous schools and universities most prominently at Delft University of Technology and Technische Universität München. From 2008 onwards he is appointed director of the Deltametropolis Association. The Deltametropolis Association is a members association that focuses on the development of the Randstad area, consists of the metropolitan area around the four major cities of the Netherlands. Members are government institutions, non-governmental pressure groups, companies and private persons.
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Bert McClure, urban planner, France

Bert 500bn American architect-planner in private practice in Paris, trained at the University of Virginia (USA) and the Architectural Association School of Planning and Urban Design (London) and, later, Loeb Fellow at the Harvard GSD 1978. The first ten years of professional experience involved integrated transport-planning, development and environmental impact studies in the UK (Colin Buchanan and Partners) and France (CETE Ministry of Public Works). After the Loeb Fellowship, he directed the Urban Design section of the Yanbu New Town implementation study in Saudi Arabia, before setting up his own consultancy in Paris in 1981. Since then, consultancy work has included strategic master planning, the environmental, functional and physical impacts of major infrastructure projects and development feasibility studies for sensitive sites. A multi-disciplinary team approach has generally involved an acceptable balance between increased mobility demands, an improved quality of daily life, a broad respect for urban and natural sites, and the proper use of scarce resources. "Whenever a solution is slow in developing, my training and experience push me to return to the site... While urban development takes "place" in a specific location, under specific conditions – a project is rarely found sitting in an office or browsing the Web." Bert McCLURE has consistently worked abroad, participating in planning studies in the Middle East, China, and the Maghreb. Exchanging experience with other cities, cultures and development professionals often provides a key to understanding the evolution of the working environment at home – and vice versa. Over a century ago, Patrick Geddes pointed out that Doctors have their patients come to them with their illnesses, whereas the city planner is obliged to make "city calls" – to visit his patients where they lie. Besides several river-based projects (Nanning and Suzhou China and Bordeaux France), Bert also lives on a 26 m barge and regularly navigates the Seine basin around Paris. Like all participants, he counts on the INTA discussions to discover new problems and professional responses that will nourish his own work. Related professional experience has involved promoting electric vehicles in cities of tomorrow projects, heading a modest urban planning agency, directing a Masters Program in spatial planning, and producing several architectural guides and numerous papers and book translations for French professional publications.
Questions for the speakers



Marek Dinka, geographer and spatial planner, City of Bratislava (Slovakia)

Marek-Dinka-foto 500 Marek Dinka was born on 15th November 1982 in Bratislava. He studied geography, spatial planning and spatial research at the universities in Bratislava, Vienna and Münster. He finished his studies in Vienna. He is working for the Bratislava city administration at the department for territorial systems coordination. He is responsible for international projects in the areas of spatial planning and reagional development:
BAUM: www.baum.eu
POLYCE: www.polyce.eu
CUPA: www.iiinstitute.nl

Abstract

Bratislava: management of the city and its region
(www.ba-um.eu)
Final presentation
Bratislava Umland Management. Coordination of the spatial development of the city of Bratislava and the neighboring Austrian municipalities



Dr. Ahmed Zaib Khan Mahsud, visiting professor and post-doctoral research associate at Cosmopolis [VUBrussels] in parallel to his appointment at the Department of Architecture, Urban design and Planning (Belgium)

Khan 500 Sustainable urban development, exploring urban systems and futures, and urban design [history, theory and practice] are his main areas of expertise with particular interest in the emerging field of 'sustainable urbanism'. He pursues this interest in an inter- and transdisciplinary mode with a comparative / cross-cultural framework that focuses on analysing the sustainability paradigm in its own historical evolution and in relation to the ongoing 'globalisation' and 'spatial restructuring' processes.Dr. Khan graduated as an architect (1995), practiced in private sector and also worked for the Public Works department (1995-2000), before pursuing a masters in human settlements (2000-01) and an advanced certificate in EIA (2003).He completed a PhD (2003-08) on critical relationship between theory & practice of urbanism and spatial planning, and developed expertise on 'Ekistics' (the science of human settlements) - the oeuvre of the Greek architect / planner C. A. Doxiadis and his 'City of the Future'. He broadened his research into historiography, issues of globalisation and sustainability dialectics as the AKPIA post-doctoral fellow at MIT (Cambridge, USA, 2008-09), while teaching modernism and green consciousness in architecture & urbanism, and conducting regional landscape & urban design studios at the graduate level. He has lectured extensively on issues of sustainable urbanism, urban form & 'city of the future' at several universities in North America, Europe and South Asia, besides publications in various international journals, such as Positions, JRAP, Ekistics, JAE, IJIA and IPS.
Abstract
Understanding Conflicts, Designing Futures, Managing Change: A SECOAN search for Sustainability in the urbanisation and metropolisation of coastal environment
Final presentation
Understanding Conflicts, Designing Futures, Managing Change



Volkmar Pamer, Urban Planner, Municipal Department for District Planning and Land Use South and Northeast, City of Vienna (Austria)

Photo-Pamer 500 Volkmar Pamer was educated as an architect at the Technical University of Vienna. Working for several years as a freelanced architect with the focus on residential buildings, villas, hotels, monument protection, industrial architecture and interior design. Since 1994 working for the City of Vienna as an urban planner. Zoning plans for Vienna's south, Co-ordinator for the target area 'Liesing Mitte' in the South of Vienna, focussing on urban farming, resource saving enterprise areas and transformation areas. Project coordination, area management of the urban renewal showcase Cable and Wire Factory, co-author of two books on that issue. Founding member of the IFHP (International Federation for Housing and Planning) working party MILU (Multifunctional and Intensive Land Use), co-developer of the workshop format 'Implementation Lab', facilitator in about 30 implementation labs Europe-wide and the US.Vienna's representative in the EU co-financed projects MILUnet and REDIS (Restructuring Districts into Science Quarters). Co-author of the book MILUnet – Principles, Practices, Projects, Policies. Co-initiator of the urban partnership project CUPA (Co-operative Urban Planning Approach). Member of the worldwide expert pool of the Netherland based International Intervision Institute. Lecture activities all over Europe, Syria, USA, China and Japan.

 Abstract
The City network DonauHanse, cross-regional cooperation and the evolution of the CUPA implementation labs
Final presentation
The City Network DonauHanse cross-regional cooperation and the evolution of CUPA


Darko Polic, City of Novi Sad (Serbia)

darko polic 500 Darko Polić (1975), M arch and Msc is professionally engaged as an architect and urban planner with Urban Planning and Research Centre Novi Sad, Serbia. The main focus of his professional work is urban planning and urban design of city of Novi Sad heritage areas. Apart from that, he participated and presented work in different conferences which dealt with problems in urban planning, heritage protection and urban design in Serbia, the West Balkan region, Great Britain, Portugal and Ukraine. Participating in a study tour on Brownfield urban development in the United States in 2010, has broaden horizons and regained new experiences on the field of urban renewal development models.
Abstract
The CUPA Implementation Lab in Novi Sad in the city of Novi Sad
Final presentation
The CUPA Implementation Lab in Novi Sad, Serbia


Prof. dr.ir.  V.J. (Han) Meyer (1951) is professor in Theory and Methods of Urban Design at the Technological University Delft (The Netherlands)

Han-Meyer 500 After his study at the Technological University of Delft, he worked as an urban planner at the City Planning Department of the City of Rotterdam for ten years, where he was involved with the regeneration of desolate dockland-areas and adjacent residential areas. In 1990 he was appointed at the Delft University, first as Associate Professor Urban Design, from 2001 as full Professor Theory and Methods of Urban Design. He used his experience with urban regeneration in Rotterdam's docklands  in an international comparative study, resulting into the  PhD thesis City and Port – Urban transformations in London, New York, Barcelona and Rotterdam in 1996. Han Meyer was and is member of several national and international scientific committees and advisory boards. He has published a large number of articles in magazines and scientific journals concerning the fundamentals of the discipline of urbanism, the transformations of port-cities, the development of the Dutch urban block, the present state-of-the-art of Dutch urbanism and on 'Delta-urbanism'. He wrote, edited and co-edited seventeen books. Recent books are 'Delta-Urbanism: The Netherlands' (co-edited with Inge Bobbink and Steffen Nijhuis, APA-Chicago, 2010) and 'Complexity Theory of Cities Have Come of Age' (co-edited with Juval Portugali, Egbert Stolk and Ekim Tan, Springer-Berlin, 2012).
 Abstract
Randstad Holland: modernism in a dynamic delta-landscape and beyond
Final presentation
Urbanisation in the Dutch Delta



Pietro Elisei, Town and Regional Planner, is founder and director of URBASOFIA (Romania)

Pietro-Alisei 229 Pietro Elisei, Town and Regional Planner, is  founder and director of URBASOFIA (Rome-Bucharest), a company providing services and consultancy in strategic planning, urban renewal/regeneration and regional development. From 2001 to 2009 he was Secretary General of Planum.net (Rome, Bologna, Milan), the European Journal of Planning Online. Researcher for DipSU (Department of Urban Studies, Faculty of Architecture, Uniroma3) from 2002 to 2008, he has mainly been researching on Design of Urban Policies (focusing on EU promoted Urban Initiatives) and Tools for Territorial/Regional Competitiveness. In 2007, he moved to Romania working as International Expert in Integrated Planning/Urban Regeneration for contracts promoted by the EU Commission and the Romanian Ministry for Housing and Regional Development. Since 2005 he has been member of the CORP (Vienna) scientific committee. In 2007 he was selected as 2007 - 2013 URBACT 2 EU validated expert (thematic expert) for Urban Regeneration: He is author of various articles and books (written and/or translated in Italian, French, English, German and Romanian), among these it is worth remembering: the use of ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) through integrated plans in Romania: real needs of urban renewal and the distant strategies of EU policy/politics makers (2009), Recherche de convergence et de cohérence concernant la planification territoriale de l'Espace Méditerranéen (2007), CITIES 3.0, smart, sustainable, integrative: Strategies, concepts and technologies for planning the urban future (2009). He is currently working in Bucharest as independent researcher in Urban Policies (teacher in the master of Urbanism at Ion Mincu Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Ministry of Regional Development) and town planner (designer of strategic plan of Baia Mare and integrated plans of Pitesti and Satu Mare). Pietro Elisei holds a doctorate in Politiche Territoriali e Progetto Locale (Università degli Studi Roma Tre) and is graduated in Environmental Engineering/specialization Urban and Territorial Planning (La Sapienza, Rome). Before moving to Romania, he was mainly living, studying and working "in between" Italy, Germany and Austria. In 2010 (Wroclaw) and in 2011 (Lisbon) he has been teacher at EUSS (European Urban Summer School - http://www.aesop-planning.eu/en_GB/un-habitat-aesop-european-urban-summer-school). ISOCARP and INU member.
Abstract
The Danube Strategy and the Romanian Cities, the Danube as catalyzer of regional and urban development in Romania: ongoing strategies, policies and promising projects.
Final presentation
- The Danube Strategy and the Romanian Cities, the Danube as catalyzer of regional and urban development in Romania: ongoing strategies, policies and promising projects.
- Pictures from romanian cities



Christopher De Vries, European Infrastructure Laboratory (The Netherlands)

Chris 500bn Chris received a bacholor degree in architecture from TU Delft and a masters in Urban Design and Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also was research associate at the Harvard New Geograpies Lab and has given several talks on post-disaster urbanism and landscape infrastructural approaches to urban design. During and after his studies Chris worked for various offices such Jo Coenen, West 8, OPSYS, and Zones Urbaines Sensibiles.
Currently Chris is director of the European Infrastructure Laboratory a recently initiated platform that investigates the opportunities infrastructural development in Europe can afford for integrated regional planning approaches. In collaboration with universities and design firms in the Netherlands, Germany, Serbia, and Romania the European Infrastructure Lab is currently working on a territorial design vision for the Rhine-Danube waterway. This waterway has been conceptualized as Europe's Liquid Commons, a space for collaboration and exchange around integrated and sustainable urban development. Chris is also visiting scholar at the TU Delft DSD and has a private design firm.
Abstract
Europe's Liquid Commons
Since 1992 the Rhine and Danube have been connected by the Rhine-Mainz-Danube Canal. The resulting waterway forms a blue line that transects Europe from the Netherlands to Romania. As part the Trans European Networks – Europe's new integrated infrastructure system – the rivers presenta complex design challenge.
Final Presentation
THE RHINE DANUBE EUROPE'S LIQUID COMMONS


Gabriel Pascariu, architect and planner (Romania)

GabrielP From 1982 to 1997 Gabriel participated and coordinated several urban studies and researches, urban plans for small and medium towns and territorial development schemes for a number of counties. Member of the Department for Territorial and Urban Planning of the University for Architecture and Urbanism "Ion Mincu" (UAUIM), since 1998, currently responsible for a number of theoretical and practical activities especially in relation to the Faculty of Urbanism (http://www.uauim.ro/en/). Coordinator of the Post Graduate (Master) Programme for Territorial and Regional Development between 2003 and 2011 and scientific secretary of the Faculty of Urbanism since 2004. Managing Director of the National Research Institute for Urban and Regional Planning URBANPROIECT in Bucharest between 2001 and 2002.  Involved since 1996 in regional development issues, through specific studies and researches on regional policies, technical assistance to national and regional bodies. Providing technical assistance and consultancy to local public administration on local economic and spatial development, since 2004. Since 2008 member of the Editorial Board of the magazine "Urbanismul -serie noua" / "Urban Planning-new series" (www.rur.ro) and of the editorial advisory board of the JURA review (http://www.jurareview.ro/index.htm). Read more
Abstract
The Danube Strategy and the Romanian Cities, the Danube as catalyzer of regional and urban development in Romania: ongoing strategies, policies and promising projects
Final presentation
- The Danube Strategy and the Romanian Cities, the Danube as catalyzer of regional and urban development in Romania: ongoing strategies, policies and promising projects.
- Pictures from romanian cities

 


Markus Damm, Responsible for the management of the City Network DonauHanse at Tina Vienna (Austria)

Markus-Damm TINA-VIENNA 500 Markus Damm (1983) studied Spatial Planning at the Technical University of Vienna. Since April 2009, Markus Damm is employed by TINA VIENNA (www.tinavienna.at) where he is responsible for the management of the City Network DonauHanse (www.donauhanse.net) and project management and content related tasks of projects in the field of transport (CENTROPE Infrastructure Needs Assessment Tool, WATERMODE, SEE Marina, EMPIRIC, INWAPO).

Abstract
The City network DonauHanse, cross-regional cooperation and the evolution of the CUPA implementation labs
Final presentation
The City Network DonauHanse cross-regional cooperation and the evolution of CUPA


 
Livia Morega, Urban planner at Eurodite (Romania)

Livia-Morega Livia Morega graduated in Landscaping and Urban Planning. She is project assistant at EURODITE since april 2011 being responsible for the regional and urban strategic development and EU project management.  EURODITE is specialized in regional and urban development projects in South East Europe and The Netherlands (with branches in The Netherlands and Romania), working with a team of consultants and a network of associated experts. 

Abstract

Romanian water cities of the future
Final presentation
Romanian Water Cities of the Future. 2 case studies: Braila-Galati and Constanta



Thomas Kiwitt, Managing Director Verband Region Stuttgart (Regional planning commission)(Germany)

Thomas Kiwitt-Foto 800  Thomas Kiwitt is head of the department of regional planning in one of Germany's most densely populated and prosperous regions. He leads the implementation of Stuttgart Region's spatial strategy for mitigation and adaptation, which comprises the enforcement of mandatory guidelines for spatial development, consultancy and support services for local authorities and research activities. Recently he coordinates a pilot project to improve sustainable transportation in Stuttgart Region. Within the European Network of Metropolitan Areas and Regions (METREX) he is a member of the working groups for major infrastructure and urban‐rural cooperation. He is a member of the German academy for spatial research and plannings' study group for regional planning and the Baden‐Württemberg committee. He is a lecturer and member of the advisory board at the masters program for city planning at the University of Applied Sciences in Stuttgart. Thomas Kiwitt holds "Dipl.‐Ing." degree for spatial and environmental planning from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Prior to working for Stuttgart Region, he has been working for cities and regions in Germany as well as for the metropolitan administration of Jakarta, Indonesia.
Abstract
Sustainable development of river basins - Stuttgart Regions approach
Final presentation
Metropolitan Development along Water corridors



Markus Vogl, querkraft architekten zt gmbh (Austria)

Markus-vogl-photo 800 Markus Vogl studied architecture at TU Munich (GER), TU Delft (NL) and FADU-UBA Buenos Aires (ARG) and worked as a researcher in the research-laboratory globalisation, urban form and governance at the chair of urban renewal and management (Prof. Jürgen Rosemann) at the faculty of architecture in Technical University Delft in 2004 and 2005. From 2006 till 2009 he was fellow in the graduate school initiative Cultures of Difference - Transformation Processes in the Central European Region (speaker: Heinz Fassmann) at the University of Vienna where he started his PhD-research on urbanity throughout density? The ability of urban overall concepts of the 1960ies and 1970ies to transform. Since fall 2009 he teaches at the Institute for Art and Architecture at the Academy of fine Arts Vienna within the platforms of ecology, sustainability and conservation (ESC) and geography, landscapes and cities (GLC). He joined querkraft architekten zt gmbh in 2006 and focuses on urban studies and social housing projects.
Abstract
Creating an urban climate in Wien Donaufeld: how participation shape urban design strategies
Final presentation
Creating an urban climate in Wien Donaufeld: how participation shape urban design strategies



Joep de Roo,
Founder and director of EURODITE (Romania)

Joep--de-Roo

EURODITE specializes in regional and urban development projects in South East Europe and The Netherlands. Branches in The Netherlands and Romania. EURODITE works with a team of four consultants and a network of associated experts. From 2001 to 2007 he joined as Business developer and Senior consultant Haute Finance BV. From January 2006 to December 2007 as business developer South East Europe: responsible for market development of South East European market, focus on Romania and Hungary and from January 2001 to December 2007 as (Senior) advisor in European project development and management. Clients were regional and local authorities and NGO's in various European countries, among others The Netherlands, Greece, France, Belgium, UK, Hungary and Romania. He has a Master degree on International Relations and International organisations.


Abstract

Romanian water cities of the future
Final presentation
Romanian Water Cities of the Future. 2 case studies: Braila-Galati and Constanta












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