Synergetic Urban Landscape Planning - Urban metabolism and the use of city data in Rotterdam to plan for a city as a sustainable ecosystem
Van Leeuwenhoek Lecture on BioScience.
Nico Tillie teaches at Delft University of Technology (Urbanism Department) in Landscape Architecture.
His work is directed to livable low carbon cities and synergetic urban landscape planning exploring how cities can become sustainable urban ecosystems.
Nico is involved in international projects, he is vice president and director of the European Office of the World Council on City Data, the global registry for ISO37120 on city indicators. He is a senior fellow of the Global Cities Institute of the University of Toronto and representative of the German Marshall Fund in Washington D.C.
SULP or Synergetic Urban Landscape Planning is introduced as an approach to or way of thinking about how we deal with our urban living environments. Combined effect of the interaction of two or more agents in our living environment (Synergy) occur in cities but can be enhanced when planned for. In fact, with challenges such as climate change, energy transition, decline of biodiversity, etc., every urban intervention should improve the environmental performance of our living environment. Urban landscape planning is approached from a landscape architectural perspective in cities. This presentation will use the city of Rotterdam as a case study to show how the urban flows of water, energy and food can be improved and how synergies can be planned. Next step is how to improve the biodiversity in our cities and to reach for biophilic cities; green roofs and green walls are just a start. The answers wiil be found in the overlap between many different disciplines. And how to scale up? The urban system worldwide with its flow, actors and areas can be improved using city data. Local city data, CBS, the World Council on City Data, ISO37120 and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) play an interesting role in reaching these goals.