International roundtable on Innovation and metropolitan scale

Animator: 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.

Co-animator: Michel Sudarskis, INTA Secretary General, France

Michel Michel Sudarskis is the Secretary General of INTA, the International Urban Development Association, since 1987. He holds PhD in Economics and Political Sciences. Before joining INTA he taught on international cooperation and foreign affairs as Associate Professor with several Universities
(Strasbourg, Paris, Nice and Lille) and served with international organisations in Italy and Belgium.
Michel Sudarskis writes and speaks regularly on urban issues; he has lead more than 50 international urban development missions on behalf of INTA including spatial analysis and strategies, establishing spatial framework for infrastructure planning, new towns and major urban regeneration or development projects, and worked with the UNCRD in Latin America, the EIB in the Middle East, Spanish Cooperation Agency in Morocco.


Helmut Thoele, Senior Urban Designer Province South Holland, the Netherlands

Helmut 300 Helmut Thoele (1973) is urban and regional planner and studied urban planning and architecture in Germany and Russia. His working experience contains design and research projects within architectural and advisory offices as well as strategic planning within public and governmental context. Since 2008 he works as a senior policy advisor at the Province of South–Holland. Main field of his work is the development of spatial policies. Within that field he is working on the implementation of spatial strategies, research and 'design by research' into the planning instruments of South-Holland. Currently he is setting up and implementing a programme to involve knowledge institutions and a broader range of stakeholders into the spatial agenda of the structural spatial plan of the province. He is participating in the debate about future development of areas and the role of urban planners by publications and articles and has lectured and tutored at several universities and academies. Special interest is in spatial-economy, landscape strategies for metropolitan areas and in further development of 'design by research'. 

Nicolas van Geelen, Senior Economic Advisor, Province South-Holland, the Netherlands

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Nicolas van Geelen is head of unit Cluster Policy and Strategy of the Province of Zuid-Holland. After studying political science in Amsterdam, Aix-en-Provence (France) and London, he began his professional career as a consultant in the world of information and communication technology at Atos Origin in 1997. His work consisted of advising governments on the impact of new technologies on various policy areas. In 2000 he went to work as a project manager at the Foundation of Society and Business, a nonprofi think tank. He has researched and advised companies and governments on issues such as regional development, innovation, technology and public affairs. In 2009 he became head of unit Cluster Policy and Strategy at the department for economic affairs of the Province of Zuid-Holland. He is responsible for strategy, policy development and research in the field of economics and urban planning. In recent years he has initiated and coordinated many projects such as the establishment of a new economic agenda for the region, a smart specialization strategy in the context of the new cohesion policy of the European Commission, the development of a new regional urban planning policy and recently a study on the economic resilience of the region. Nicolas van Geelen has published several publications on a variety of themes such as innovation, the impact of new technologies, clusters and public affairs.

The Resilient Region, The Netherlands
‘The Resilient Region’ is a research on which spatial and economical instruments the Province of South Holland (the Netherlands) and her partners could use to increase the resilience and the opportunities for and the interaction between its economic clusters. How can new economic networks and investments be attracted to the Province which add value to the resiliance and quality of the region? The research is done in co-creation of different stakeholders.

Concept note

[...] The main question for the research project ‘The Resilient Region’ is what spatial and economic instruments the province of Zuid-Holland can put in place to achieve greater resilience and opportunities for innovation and growth. Although the question of how to deal with the current economic crisis plays in everyone's head, we are regardlessly searching for a development strategy that applies at all times to answer this question. This is because there is more structural cause for concern in some of the major clusters in the province: they are still growing quickly in terms of their productivity levels, but their innovation levels and employment opportunities are much lower. [...]

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Background documents > Interview with Mr. Duco Stadig, former Alderman of Amsterdam and chairman of Deltametropolis Association, The Netherlands

Sabrina Andrieu, AURG Urban Planning Agency of the Grenoble Region

Sabrina Researcher at AURG Urban Planning Agency of the Grenoble Region, Sabrina is in charge of Territories and Strategies studies. 

Project: Grenoble Presqu’île, France
The development of the peninsula, a site of 250 ha (18% of the area of Grenoble) is an opportunity to turn an international innovation campus and a strategic economic pole into a real neighbourhood in the heart of the city and the metropolitan area. The main idea behind is to promote social interactions between students, researchers, employees and future residents around the three poles: a "centre of life”, a "heart of life "and an "outdoor leisure centre". The objective is to create a new urban model for a sustainable, attractive city which get people and functions together.



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 Background documents > Interview with Jean-Michel Evin, Director AURG Urban Planning Agency Grenoble Region

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