Dr Rob Roggema, Landscape Architect, Landscape Architect, is an international renowned design-expert on sustainable urbanism, climate adaptation, renewable energy landscapes and the design of urban agriculture. He held positions at several universities in the Netherlands and Australia, State and Municipal governments and design consultancies. As of 1 December 2016 he is appointed as Professor of Sustainable Urban Environments at University of Technology Sydney (UTS), faculty of Design, Architecture and Building in Sydney, Australia. In 2010 he became the inaugural visiting fellow at the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research and in 2014 he was the Chair of the 6th International AESOP Conference on Sustainable Food Planning in Leeuwarden. His PhD-thesis has been selected for publication in Springer’s ‘Recognising Outstanding Research’-series (2013).
He developed the Swarm Planning concept, dealing with uncertainties in current planning, for which he received the scientific award for best paper at the Sustainable Building conference in Melbourne, 2008. In 2009, he was awarded with an honorary mention for his entry in the Rising Tides Competition, San Francisco Bay Area. After finishing his PhD he was rewarded a ‘Rubicon’–grant by the Dutch Scientific Organisation (NWO).
Amongst the design-concepts he developed are the following examples:
- Double Defence, proposing a second row of barrier island to protect the coast for storm surges in times of climate change;
- Floodable Eemsdelta, anticipating sea level rise and potential disastrous flooding through allowing the landscape to flood;
- Bushfire Resilient Bendigo, anticipating bushfires by creating a protective shield and slowly moving away the town;
- Zero Fossil Groningen, designing a landscape that provides enough energy from renewable resources;
- FoodRoofRio, creating a rooftop garden with an aquaponic system, providing food for the whole family in Cantagalo favela in Rio de Janeiro;
- FishwaterbasedNL, proposing a design for the Netherlands based on a diet consisting of fish, vegetables and fruit;
- Shock Support, a plan for anticipating minor earthquake by making the houses independent from the shock transforming them into floatable houses in Groningen, the Netherlands.
He has written three books on climate adaptation and spatial planning (Climate Adaptation: A Spatial Challenge; Swarming Landscapes: The Art of Designing for Climate Adaptation and Swarm Planning: Development of a New Methodology Dealing with Climate Adaptation, all published by Springer), one about design charrettes (The Design Charrette: Ways to Envision Sustainable Futures, Springer) and three on Urban Agriculture (Why We Need Small Cows, Ways to Design Urban Agriculture, VHL Press, 2014; Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Planning, Routledge, 2016 and Urban Agriculture in an Urbanizing Society, Vol. One, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016). He has written over 15 journal articles and numerous conference papers and other articles.
He is the inventor of the FoodRoofRio concept, an aquaponic food system to help favela residents to grow their own food, of which the inaugural one has been realised in September 2014 in Cantagalo, Rio de Janeiro.
He has designed and led over 30 design charrettes in the Netherlands, Japan, Mongolia, China, Jordan, India, Australia and New Zealand, involving communities, academics, governments and industries in the design process. He has been asked to present his work in over 30 keynote presentations, nationally and internationally, and countless other presentations and lectures.