Throughout my studies, I have become fascinated by the ecosystem dynamics and resource flows within urbanised landscapes. I am committed to understanding the coexistence of human and ecological processes to build better, more resilient and circular cities.
The Urban Futures Studio is a newly formed cross-disciplinary institute led by Prof. Maarten Hajer. It aims to improve the interaction between academic insights and the challenges we face in coping with the future, particularly at the urban level. The Urban Futures Studio is embedded within the Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University. It wants to take the lead in in the study and development of new practices that relate to environmental, social, economic and political challenges within the urban field. In 2017, the studio launched the Post-Fossil City Contest, calling on artists, designers, architects, urbanists, authors, photographers, filmmakers and all-around creative thinkers to imagine a city that is no longer reliant on fossil fuels. In total, 250 submissions from people in over 40 countries were received. In collaboration an architect and fellow earth scientist, the Biomimetric City was born.
Most urban maps only display streets and buildings, the #GreenMapofAmsterdam will showcase all of Amsterdam’s green and blue spaces in which we can work, play, and relax. The map is being developed by Nature Desks, together with Urban Good, producer of the critically acclaimed #GreenMapofLondon and National Park City campaign. As an urban ecologist, I’m involved in designing, mapping, and consulting on the map’s content.