ES Symposium 2015: Urban Green Cities

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_OTHER_ door Frank Gorissen
I visited the Urban Green Cities Symposium at the Junushoff Theatre in Wageningen on Tuesday 3rd of November. Organised by the study associations of the environmental department of the Wageningen University, the evening offered four different speakers talking about their topic linked to the theme of ‘Urban Green Cities’.

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Opening Academic Year WUR: The inclusion of Landscape Architecture

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_OTHER_ by Rosanne Schrijver and Cor Simon
A reflection of the opening of the academic year of the Wageningen University. It is striking how the controversial discipline of landscape architecture within the Wageningen University now seems to play an essential role to be the innovative bridge between scientific knowledge and practical applications for society.

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Water Light: A dream landscape with a serious message

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_OTHER_ by Frank Gorissen and Rosanne Schrijver
The water level near Arnhem is rising, although so it seemed. From the 26th of February until the 1st of March, the high water gulley (area between summer and winter dike) of the IJssel near Westervoort was flooded by the newest creation of Daan Roosegaarde, in collaboration with water board Rijn and IJssel. Topos was there.

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Conference: Natura 2000 in action!

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_OTHER_ by Frank Gorissen
‘Natura 2000 in action’ was the motivating title of the third annual conference of the European Learning Network for Regions and Biodiversity, which took place on 10 and 11 December 2014 in the stunning Sant Pau in Barcelona, Spain. I had the pleasure to be invited for both days. They were filled with presentations and workshops that aimed to make the organization of Natura 2000 areas more multidisciplinary, instead of keeping it in the realm of the ecologists.

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LOLA promotes the appeal of Dutch dikes

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_OTHER_ by Arjen Venema
The book ‘Dutch Dikes’ by LOLA landscape architects has already been in the book stores for a month now, and the Dutch version of the book already sold out. Nonetheless, the official book launch was this Monday the 26th at the large room of Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam. LOLA, Eric Luiten and Henk Ovink spoke about dike typologies, new dikes and water-defence icons. TOPOS online made a summary of the evening for the ones who missed it.

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Fieldwork in the Dutch Caribbean: Developing sustainable tourism on St Eustatius

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_OTHER_ by Mart Reiling & Ineke van Kapel
For my thesis (Ineke) and for the experience (Mart), we went to the small and quite unknown Caribbean island, St Eustatius (Statia). We spent five weeks exploring the possibilities for sustainable tourism development on the island and creating different spatial scenarios that we presented to the inhabitants of Statia.

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Announcement: NRGlab guest lecture by LAGI (LandArtGeneratorInitiative)

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_OTHER_ by Editorial board
Dirk Oudes and Sven Stremke have managed to convince the directors from LAGI (LandArtGeneratorInitiative) to give a Skype presentation to Landscape Architecture students on the 7th of January. Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry are outstanding and, by now, have run 3 global competitions with mind blowing propositional designs of which the first ones are being implemented now.

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