The Urban Paradise: A symposium about nature, health and the design of the urban environment
The event is organised and hosted by Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions in co-operation with the Chair The Architecture of the Interior from the TU Delft.
The symposium will address the potential of nature in the creation of a healthy urban environment. Six speakers will talk about this subject from the viewpoint of their respective disciplines. The day will conclude with a debate in which the public, the speakers and invited interested parties are invited to elaborate upon and discuss how nature could play a role in the development of a healthy Amsterdam
* Architectural historian and professor in Architecture, Urbanism and Health Dr Cor Wagenaar (RUG and TU Delft) will speak about how nature plays an integral part in the development of a healthy urban environments.
* Landscape historian and professor in Culture, Landscape and Nature Dr Erik de Jong (UvA) will discuss the symbolic meaning of nature seen from the cultural and historical perspective of the urban dweller.
* Sociologist and senior researcher at the Department of Public and Occupational Health Dr Jolanda Maas (VU / VUmc) will share research results regarding the positive and healing effect nature can have on the human brain.
* Landscape architect and assistant professor in the chair of Landscape Architecture Dr Saskia de Wit (TU Delft) will give an overview of different types of healthcare gardens in The Netherlands.
* Philosopher, independent researcher, general manager of Rotterdam Vakmanstad and educator Aetzel Griffioen (Vakmanstad / The Hague University of Applied Sciences) will contemplate how gardening can be used as an eco-social means.
* Architect and teacher at the Chair The Architecture of the Interior Mechthild Stuhlmacher (partner at Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architects / TU Delft) will voice the importance of gardens seen from an architectural viewpoint.
Tijdstip en Locatie: 10.00-16.00 uur, The Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS), Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen (KIT), Mauritskade 63,1092 AD Amsterdam