keynotes

2022

A quadruple balancing act. Ecocities Conference, Rotterdam, 24 February 2022

2021

Het ontwerpen van de nieuwe werkelijkheid. Toekomstbestendige stad. Inholland University of Applied Sciences, Haarlem, 9 November 2021

Nature driven by design. Towards regenerative cities and landscapes. International landscape architects symposium. Beijing Forestry University, 30 October 2021

2020

Landscape at heart: resilience and adaptation by design. Resilient and Responsible Architecture and Urbanism, Video Conference, IEREK, Alexandria, Egypt, 14 November 2020

Stad van de Toekomst, Herfstcollege gemeente Wageningen. Junushof, Wageningen, 3 september 2020

Het Landschaps-Stadslandschap. Architectuur Lokaal. Gertrudiskapel, Utrecht, 13 februari 2020

Embracing the Water: Design-led Ways to Deal with Change. ClimFishCon2020: International Conference on Impact of Climate Change on Hydrological Cycle, Ecosystem, Fisheries and Food Security. Cochin, India, 12 February 2020. 

A fish called Synergy. ClimFishCon2020: International Conference on Impact of Climate Change on Hydrological Cycle, Ecosystem, Fisheries and Food Security. Cochin, India, 12 February 2020.

 

Gratis wonen voor iedereen! De Bouwvereniging, Harlingen, 4 februari 2020

2019

Oldambt: Vicieus of Virtuoos? Symposium Het Oldambt in de Toekomst, Loc Loods 1877, Bad Nieuweschans, 29 November 2019

De zilte zoetheid van het Noord-Nederlandse landschap. The Potatoe Valley – Kennisbijeenkomst. Proefboerderij de Kollumerwaard, Munnekezijl. 28 November 2019

ReciproCity: The future of sustainable urbanism. Detmolder Schule für Architektur und Innenarchitektur, Detmold, 19 November 2019

The ReciproCity, Giving more than taking. Inaugural lecture. Hanze University of Applied Sciences, 9 October 2019

Eine Region, auf die man stolz sein kann! Design und Spaß für die Zukunft. 1. Lausitz-Konferenz: Strukturwandel und Energiewende. Schwarze Pumpe, Spremberg, 10 September 2019

Sustainable Urban Future: Counterintuitive, Participative, Adaptive. Seminar climate change, urban environment, healthy living. Chinese University Hong Kong, 13 April 2019. 

 

Sustainable urban futures: a smart transformation. Smart Cities Conference. Ansal University, Gurgaon, India. 7-8 March 2019 

2018

Resilient design for better Cities. Environmental Efficiency for Better Lives-IEREK conference, Cairo, 13-15 December 2018

Rehabilitation of emptiness, revaluing the void. Architecture Society Lecture. Belfast: Queens University Belfast, 9 October 2018

A-void-ing the deadlock: Make space for the future. Meet the Energy Leader. Delft: Delft University of Technology, 3 October 2018 

 

Een kijkje in de tegenwoordige tijd van de toekomst. Artphy, Onstwedde, 23 August 2018

Urban Resilience: Design with Redundancy. Roads Australia and International Road Federation Asia and Australasia Conference, Sydney, 31 May 2018 

Creating Resilient Communities: Engagement through Design, Sustainability in Public Works Conference, IPWEA, Sydney, 14 May 2018 

Can we create a zero-carbon society? Earth Hour, Observatory Sydney, 24 March 2018 https://maas.museum/event/earth-hour-at-sydney-observatory-2/ 

 

GO WEST!  Building the Third City. Sydney Build – Future Sydney Summit, Sydney, 15 March 2018

2017

The Counterintuitive City: A tale of three cities, Cleveringa Lecture, Sydney, 16 November 2017

Best Urban Renewal Practices in Sydney, Policymaking and Implementation, World Cities Day, Urban Regeneration and Spatial Governance. Shanghai, 31 October 2017

Resilient and Smart cities: a collaborative effort, CityIGNITE, Unlocking city potential though collaboration & innovation, Sydney, 16 October 2017

The Landscape and the City. 3rd city conference, AILA, Sydney, 13 October 2017

Smart Citizens in Smart Cities, ‘The Role of Smart Citizenship in Smart Cities: Lessons Learned’, Jakarta, 12 September 2017

Survival of the City. UTSpeaks. Sydney, 19 July 2017 https://englishsubtitles.online/videos/utspeaks-urban-survival-professor-rob-roggema-on-counterintuitive-thinking-149155

2016

Propositional Research by Design. Standing Conference of Heads of Schools of Architecture, Queens University Belfast. Belfast, 1 April 2016

Swarm Planning: A Systems Approach to Sustainable Urbanism. Seminar Sustainable Urbanism New Directions. Qatar University. Doha, Qatar, 21 March 2016

Vooraf de koe in zijn kont kijken. Water Republic, de Kracht van Verbeelding. Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam, 19 January 2016

2015

Design Resilient Cities. Gulf Cities Resilience Forum. Kuwait City, 16-17 December 2015

 

Rethink, Reborn, Return Minamisoma: how local, national and international stakeholders shape a resilient disaster-proof future. Environmental Innovators Symposium V: New Programs and Leaders in Times of Massive Change. KEIO-University. Tokyo, 4 March 2015

2014

Finding Spaces for Productive Cities. Sustainable Food Planning Conference. Leeuwarden, 6 November 2014

Design with Nature. Design na Praça. Urca, Rio de Janeiro, 1 November 2014

DV2: Een duurzame toekomst is verantwoord en veerkrachtig. Dag van de Duurzaamheid. Inholland University of Applied Sciences. Delft, 22 May 2014

Four Ways to Create Resilience in Urban Communities. Environmental Innovators Symposium: Embracing Change, Building Resilience with Communities. KEIO-University. Yokohama, 16 January 2014

2013

The Swarm Landscape, designing for a climate proof future. UniTec, Auckland, 7 March 2013

2012

Het zwermlandschap: ontwerpen voor een klimaat- en krimpbestendige toekomst. Openbare lezing, Academie van Bouwkunst. Groningen, 28 September 2012

 

The Spatial Challenge of Planning for Climate Adaptation and Sustainable Energy Supply. Diamond Jubilee Lecture, CSIR-NISCAIR, Delhi, India, 12 March 2012 

2011

Climate adaptation by design, Annual Forum DPCD, Warrnambool, Australia, 7 June 2011 

2010

‘Swarm planning’ – a new era in spatial design and planning for climate change. The Royal Society of Victoria, Melbourne - DSE, 3 December 2010 

How to plan for climate adaptation: the ‘swarm thing’ helps. NCCARF and Gold Coast City Council, Surfers Paradise, 18 November 2010

Potentials for Local Energy Supply - the Design of a Region without Fossil Energy. Smarter, Cleaner, More Localised Energy for Local Government, MAV - Melbourne, 17 November 2010 

Swarm planning for climate adaptation: a Dutch experience, keynote VCCCAR-thinktank Adaptive learning, Melbourne, 5 July 2010 

Climate adaptation in the province of Groningen, 6th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns, Dunquerque, 19 May 2010 

Swarm planning for climate adaptation, a Dutch experience, F:ACTS! Seminar Interreg, Den Bosch, the Netherlands, 16 March 2010 

 

De Veenkolonien klimaatbestendig, Themamiddag Energy and Climate, Muntendam, the Netherlands, 4 March 2010 

2009

China in a heated world. Lecture Food for Thought, Graansilo, Groningen, 1 December 2009 

Planning for climate change adaptation: an emerging new paradigm called swarm planning. The Groningen experience. ENCORE-conference ‘Strategies for adapting to climate change in the regions of Europe’, Düsseldorf, Germany, 28 October 2009 

Focus on climate and energy: Sustainable Urban Planning in Groningen; Lecture ISUPB2009; San Francisco, USA; 25 June 2009 

2008

Sustainable energy and adaptation to climate change in the province of Groningen, Green Trade Network Summit, MBITA, Santa Cruz, USA, 19 September 2008 

Adaptation to climate change and sustainable energy in the province of Groningen, Breakfast meeting Netherland-America Foundation and Dutch Consulate, Palo Alto, USA, 18 September 2008 

 

Climate adaptation, energy potentials and spatial planning, presentation informal working visit Crown Prince of Orange, Groningen, 1 April 2008 

2007

Climate Valley, Keuning conference on Energy Landscapes, Groningen, the Netherlands, June 2007 

 

The space to change, Sustainability lecture, province of Groningen, the Netherlands, January 2007 

2005

The unbearable brightness of planning, World Environmental Day, San Francisco, June 2005 

1998

The Sustainable City, Subscription Covenant on sustainable building, Heino, December 1998 

1997

Costs and benefits of a disconnected sewage system, Conference Disconnection, Rioned, Zeist, the Netherlands, June 1997 

1995

A circular trip through the HAL-area, Conference Sustainable Urban development in the HAL-area, Heerhugowaard, the Netherlands, June 1995 

Guest lectures and seminar presentations

2022

Geen tijd te verliezen! Docentennetwerk Zuid-Holland, Onderwijsnetwerk Zuid-Holland/Leiden University. 15 February 2022

The Citizen Is. Aktionstag 2.0 Pessau, Vereinigung Deutscher Wissenschaftler e.V./Universitat Pessau. 3 February 2022

2021

It’s the ecology stupid! Queens University Belfast, 4 November 2021

Design for emergency: landscape first. Master studio 'That Sinking Feeling', Cornell University, 18 October 2021

Natuur en Bouwen. Webinar natur-based solutions. Inholland University of Applied Sciences, Groen Kennisnetwerk, 7 October 2021

2020

Van 5 naar 50: Ruimtelijke toekomsten voor de Eemsdelta. Symposium Eemsdollard 2050 in 2020. ED2050 en Waddenacademie. 11 november 2020

From nature-based to nature-driven. Landscape first for the design of Moeder Zernike. Greening Cities, Shaping Cities. Politecnico Milano, Milan, 12 October 2020

Nature driven urbanism: landscape first! Design Studio Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, 11 May 2020

OntSchotLand. Festival STAD, Amsterdam, 30 januari 2020

2019

Duurzaamheid en wonen Almere. Groene Hoed, D’66 fractie, gemeente Almere, 27 May 2019 

Duurzaamheid. First Year Special, SABE, Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen, 17 May 2019

Design public space: social interaction secured? Seminar public space: Culture and Design. University of Groningen, 9 May 2019

Ontwerpen in tijden van verandering: onverwacht, ongebruikt, onderbroken. FUR-Atelier, Academy of Architecture Groningen, 26 April 2019

Ontwerpend onderzoek voor een duurzame onzekere toekomst. Academy of Architecture Groningen, 22 March 2019

Designing Food-Energy-Water and Climate Landscapes. KEIO University, 25 January 2019 

2018

The Future of Sustainable Urbanism, Shinshu University, Matsumoto, 4 September 2018

2017

Towards Zero Carbon regions, CURF Forum, Canberra, 30 November 2017

Design for Disruption: Creating the Anti-Fragile City. 10th International Urban Design Conference. Gold Coast, 13 November 2017

City, Energy and the Landscape, Landscape Symposium, School of Architecture UTS, Sydney, 12 October 2017

Our Adaptive City, Universitas Multimedia Nusantara, Jakarta, 13 September 2017

Our Adaptive City, TRISAKTI University, Jakarta, 13 September 2017

Swarming cities: resiliency for climate impacts by design. Ecocities 2017. Melbourne, 12 July 2017

Swarm Planning: A complexity approach to urbanism and landscape architecture. Complexity Matters #2. Business School UTS, Sydney, 7 June 2017  

2016

Swarm Planning for Sustainable Urban Environments. Sustainable Urbanism seminar. Qatar University. Qatar, 21 March 2016

2015

Designing Swarming Landscapes for Resilient Cities. Future City Detroit Office. Detroit, 7 December 2015

From Fragile to Adaptive. Designing Resilient Cities. Designing for a Fragile Planet symposium, RMIT-Barcelona. 30 November 2015

Enhancing direct access to food for favela residents: how the FoodRoof supports them to grow their own healthy food. 2nd international conference on Agriculture in an Urbanizing Society. Rome, 16 September 2015

Towards fundamental new urban planning for productive cities: the quest for space. 2nd international conference on Agriculture in an Urbanizing Society. Rome, 15 September 2015

About Content and Process: A Proposition City-Region Planning. 2nd international conference on Agriculture in an Urbanizing Society. Rome, 14 September 2015

Smart by Nature: The Use of Swarm Planning in Creating Productive and Adaptive Urban Landscapes. 8th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism ‘True smart and green city?’ Incheon, 23 June 2015

2014

Ontwerpen aan Voedsel in de stad. Masterclass Food & the City: Hype of Trend? Lunteren, 13 Oktober 2014

Niederlandische Raumplanung und Anpassung an Klimawandel. Kick-off meeting CALL:ISS. Midwolda, 8 Oktober 2014

Thank God, the City is Complex. Urban Regions under Change. Towards Social Eciological Resilience. Hafen University, Hamburg, 27 May 2014

Swarming Landscapes, Building Resilience for a Climate-proof Future. ISR-seminar, Swinburne University, Melbourne, 3 May 2013

Let the Images Imagine – Enhancing the Climate Community Connection. Climate Change: Science and Art and Policy Symposium. Geelong: 1 March 2013

2013

2012

Zwermplanning: planningsmethode voor klimaatadaptatie. Op weg naar een klimaat- en krimpbestendige toekomst. Ministeriële workshop, Ministerie I&M. Den Haag, 1 oktober 2012

Designing the challenge of climate change: Guest Lecture, Studio Mess 3: >fit< for Resilience, Creswick 2042, faculty of Architecture Building and Planning, School of Design, University of Melbourne, 23 August 2012

City in Advance: Climate as Trigger for Adaptive Planning. International Conference for Urban Planning and Environment. Sydney, 25 July 2012 

Development of a Planning Theory for Wicked Problems, SASBE 2012, Sao Paulo, 29 June 2012 

Innovative Change for Climate Design: Transforming the Future. Social Innovation Seminar. Swinburne University, Melbourne, 23 March 2012 

Swarming Landscapes: The Art of Designing for Climate Adaptation. Lecture National Training Program “Climate Change and Geospatial Technology”. Delhi, India, 13 March 2012 

2011

Swarm Planning: A Unified Approach Dealing with the Two Sides of Climate Change. World Sustainable Building Conference (SB11), Helsinki, 18 October 2011 

Innovative design interventions for a changing climate Melbourne: Guest Lecture, Ecology for planning and design, faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, School of design, University of Melbourne, 7 October 2011 

Swarming landscapes: new pathways for resilient cities. 4th International Urban Design Conference: Resilience in Urban Design. Surfers Paradise, 23 September 2011 

Climate Change Adaptation by design. Lecture KINDLE-designing bushfire resilient landscapes. School of Architecture and Design, Landscape Architecture design studio-lower pool. RMIT University, 19 August 2011 

Planning for Climate Change or: How Wicked Problems Shape the New Paradigm of Swarm Planning. World Planning Schools Conference, Perth, 4 July 2011 

Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation by Design. Melbourne: Guest Lecture Environments I, RMIT University, 12 May 2011 

Dealing with climate change by design (with a little help from the swarm). Geography and Environmental Studies Seminar Series, MSLE, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 5 April 2011 

Planning for Climate Change. Essendon Primary School, grade 3/4. Melbourne, 31 March 2011 

Climate proofing by design: dealing with uncertainty, anticipation and swarm planning. Clean Tech Seminar Series. Griffith Hack, Melbourne, 25 March 2011 

To B or not to B, Transformation of Spatial Systems. Resilience 2011 Conference, Tempe, 12 March 2011

The Swarm and the Plan, Spatial Resilience for Climate Change. Resilience 2011 Conference, Tempe, 12 March 2011 

2010

Improving planning for climate adaptation: what about the swarm? Melbourne -Seminar City of Melbourne, 10 November 2010 

Innovative design interventions for a changing climate and a sustainable energy supply. Melbourne: Guest Lecture, Ecology for planning and design, faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, School of design, University of Melbourne, 15 October 2010 

Spatial Planning for Climate Change Adaptation: What does a Swarm have to do with it? Monthly Climate Change Adaptation Program “borrel”, RMIT, Melbourne, 6 October 2010 

Anticipating climate change in rural regions: some Dutch experiences, Sustainability of Australia’s Country Towns Conference, LA Trobe University, Bendigo, 1 October 2010 

Anticipative planning: The Groningen experience and the swarm planning concept, International Climate Change Adaptation Conference NCCARF, Gold Coast, 1 July 2010 

Swarm planning for climate adaptation: a Dutch experience. Guest lecture Chongqing University, Chongqing, China. 10 June 2010 

Energy as guiding principle for spatial planning – towards a fossil free energy supply in 2050. Guest lecture Chongqing University, Chongqing, China. 9 June 2010 

How to plan a climate proof region, Masterclass GfC seminar, Hof van Eden, Drenthe, 23 April 2010

INCREASE – spatial planning of a fossil free region in 2050, Workshop GfC seminar, Hof van Eden, Drenthe, 22 April 2010 

2009

Adaptation to climate change, does spatial planning help? Swarm planning does! Ravage of the planet, international conference, Cape Town, SA, 15 December 2009 

Energy landscapes. Lecture Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, 1 December 2009 

Terug naar de kust. Waddenwiegdebat. Royal Haskoning, Groningen, 26 November 2009 

Wicked? Eindconferentie Hotspot klimaatbestendig Groningen, Groningen, 13 November 2009 

Adaptatie aan klimaatverandering, is dat te plannen? Op weg naar een nieuw planningsparadigma: Swarm Planning. Ruimte conferentie, Rotterdam, 3 November 2009 

Quadruple the potential; PLEA 09; International conference; Quebec, Canada, 22 June 2009 

Klimaat in het Gronings omgevingsplan; seminar klimaat en structuurvisies; KvR en NIROV, Utrecht, 11 June 2009 

Lokale energie voorziening gebaseerd op lokale potenties, de case Groene Compagnie; Stuurgroep energieconvenant Groningen, 4 June 2009 

Climate adaptation and regional planning in Groningen province; SASBE 09, international conference, Delft, June 2009 

Aanpassing aan klimaatverandering, aanpassing van de energievoorziening en het regionaal ruimtelijk ontwerp: swarm planning, lecture VROM, Den Haag, 9 February 2009 

De avonturen van klimaatadaptatie in het omgevingsplan voor de provincie Groningen, lecture klimaatatlas conference, Alterra, Wageningen, 22 January 2009 

The Groningen case: dealing with climate change and energy in spatial planning, 3 lectures Wageningen University and Research Centre: landscape architecture, energy & ecology, January-March 2009 

2008

Gallery of opportunities, lecture inaugural conference Wadden Academy, Leeuwarden, 2 December 2008 

Hotspot klimaatbestendig Groningen, lecture at the KvR-KvK conference, Rotterdam, 27 November 2008 

Een rondje klimaatadaptatie. Lecture for the managers of the province Groningen, 29 October 2008 

Swarm planning: development of a new planning paradigm, which improves the capacity of regional spatial systems to adapt to climate change, World Sustainable Building Conference (SB08), Melbourne, Australia, 22 September 2008 

The use of spatial planning to increase the resilience for future turbulence in the spatial system of the Groningen region to deal with climate change, UKSS-Conference, Oxford, 2 September 2008 

Sustainable development of the Groningen Wadden area, Board Meeting Wadden Academy, Terschelling, 12 July 2008 

Planning with energy potentials in the province of Groningen, Expertmeeting energiepotenties, Stichting Natuur en Milieu Flevoland, Lelystad, June 2008 

Climate adaptation, energy potentials and regional planning, gemeente Almere, Groningen, June 2008 

Towards a comprehensive regional planning strategy based on adaptation, international ESPACE- conference, VROM, Den Haag, May 2008 

Climate change, energy potentials and the spatial impact, 3 lectures Wageningen University and Research Centre: landscape architecture, energy & ecology, February 2008 

2007

Climate Change and energy as inspiration spatial design, Province of Friesland, Leeuwarden, November 2007 

Climate Change and energy as inspiration for the regional design of Groningen, CDA (Christian- democrats)-union of representatives in Groningen, Zuidbroek, November 2007 

Climate proof regional design in the province of Groningen, Conference Climate Changes Spatial Planning, Den Haag, October 2007 

Climate Valley, municipality of Almere, June 2007 

2006

The space to change and a new regional development plan Groningen, province of South Holland, Atelier Zuidvleugel, Den Haag, December 2006 

Lecture Grounds for Change, Inter Provincial Organisation, meeting of directors, Groningen, September 2006 

The Northern Netherlands 2036, a longing perspective, Meeting of Executives, Groningen, February 2006 

Strategy, planning & sustainability, Lecture Master studio on Energy-landscapes Wageningen University and Research Centre, chair of Landscape Architecture, January 2006 

2005

Regional energy-design for Energy Valley challenges, Energy Convention, Groningen, October 2005 

1999

The Full-Empty City. Guest lecture Delft University of Technology, September 1999 

1998

Integrated design, Guest lecture Delft University of Technology, Module D9, September 1998 

The Sustainable City of the future, Conference Union of Environmentalists, Noordwijk, September 1998

Sustainable growth of cities, high density and urban lightness, INTA-Conference, Taipei, May 1998 

1996

The Sustainable City, example Westerpark, Environmental Federation, Brabant, Tilburg, June 1996 

1995

Focus groups reached? An urban development plan, Conference Working with the local agenda 21, Amersfoort, March 1995 

Sustainable city development in Breda, example Westerpark, Machine room Quality on site, Ministry VROM, Den Haag, February 1995 

1994

Knowledge management for city edge developments, PRO, Utrecht, February 1994 

1993

Influence of environmental planning on spatial planning in Breda, Conference Ecological strategies for cities, Dordrecht, October 1993 

Sustainable Building in Heilaar Steenakker, Breda. Conference Sustainable Building, Utrecht, September 1993, foundation of ecology and environment