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Sustainable solutions for a Europe in transition

Official Booklaunch: The Flexible City, sustainable solutions for a Europe in transition.
This event is in English
Thursday 21 Jan 2016, 20.00
do 21 jan 2016, 20.00
Grote zaal

Tonight, the book publication “The Flexible City – Sustainable Solutions for a Europe in transition” will be launched. In Europe, the period of great economic and demographic growth is largely over. Unlike in Latin America, Asia or Africa, the boundaries of most European cities are therefore no longer moving away, but have come to a halt. The spatial assignment of the future European city will be fundamentally different. Building new space outside the city boundaries is no longer necessary. Instead, what exists should be made sustainable. The new spatial assignment involves maintaining, restructuring, densifying or diluting the existing city.

In this publication the authors Tom Bergevoet en Maarten van Tuijl widen their methodological analysis from their successful Dutch publication de Flexibele Stad, to the European scale. They present a toolbox that is able to turn the new assignment into a success. European cities are compared, similarities and trends are identified and concrete examples are described in detail. This creates an inspiring handbook for anyone working on the future of the European city: from administrators and policymakers to developers, designers, builders and users.

In this series of 6 events called “the Flexible City”, analyses, methods, instruments and examples of this book will be discussed. Tonight is the first event: the official book launch. This book launch is connected to the start Dutch chairman of the European Union in the first half of 2016. The first copies will be handed out to bottom-up and top-down representatives and the book will come alive. The next 5 events each time a sub-theme of the book will be discussed.

The writers of the Flexible City, the architects Tom Bergevoet and Maarten van Tuijl work at their office temp.architecture.urbanism on architecture, urban planning and research with a focus on urban transformations.


© Temp.Architecture

© Temp.Architecture


20.00 – 20.05 welcome by moderator Astrid Feiter

Book-handover of first copy to: Hans Tijl, Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

20.05 – 20.30 introduction

Presenting the book: urgence, process and outcome: Tom Bergevoet (temp.architecture, co-author of the book)

20.30 – 20.45 book handover

Book-handover of first copy to: Hans Tijl, Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

20.45 – 21.15 short tour

Short skype interviews by moderator with representatives of European regions. They will, all in their own words, emphasize the importance of the themes in the book in their own region: Sven Debruycker: Brussels
Major Challenges in the greater metropole of Brussels and successful local instruments
Vincent Kompier: Eastern Germany and the Ruhrgebiet
Demographic change and decline in Germany and successful national instruments
Serban Cornea: Copenhagen, Denmark
Kodbyen in Copenhagen as an example of revitalizing an existing part of a city

21.15 – 21.45 debate

New assignments for Europe: how easy is it to learn from one another?
Hans Tijl (director of spacial planning, Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment)
Vincent Kompier (Urban Expert)
Paul Gerretse (Agent Stichting Deltametropool)
Maarten van Tuijl (temp.architecture, co-author of the book)

21.45 – drinks and afterparty
This event is in English
Thursday 21 Jan 2016, 20.00
Grote zaal
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