Detroitisit hosts the Sustainable Urban Design Summit in partnership with the Netherlands | Information


News article | 30-09-2022 | 20:43

Detroitisit, the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Chicago, and Dutch Design Week are teaming up to bring together architects, urban planners and design experts next month at a one-day summit focused on smart designs and innovations to transform our cities into sustainable urban centers.

At the Madison Building, October 13, 2022, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a full day of programming, including provocative panels and conversations, minds will merge and develop creative solutions through a global but hyperlocal program focused on Sustainable urban planning, the Circular Economy, Climate and City, Smart City, and more.

A multilevel conversation, envisioned as a bridge to growing up the best solutions for long-term partnerships and opportunities between the two geographies. In-person speakers will be in conversation with virtual speakers based around the world. The summit will be streamed live and shared on all social platforms.

“We look forward to exploring joint solutions in development, urban planning and architecture with Detroitisit and the Dutch Design Foundation at the second Sustainable Urban Design Summit in Detroit, which will combine Dutch design expertise , circularity and infrastructure with Detroit’s ability to invent and reinvent,” said Dutch Consul General Bart Twaalfhoven. “Cultivating strong relationships between Dutch and American partners, existing and new, will help us build a sustainable future.

A multi-level conversation, envisioned as a bridge builder to grow, strengthen, imagine the best solutions for long-term partnerships and opportunities between the two geographies.

As one of the most densely populated countries in the world, the Netherlands is a global leader in sustainable urban design – focusing on product reuse, minimizing the waste of energy and resources, building climate-neutral buildings, adopting smart transportation practices, and more. Detroit is a city in transition and embodied by feelings of progress and change. Development looms large, and fair investments and community building take center stage. What can we learn from each other?

Good sustainable urban planning and design helps improve people’s well-being by transforming their neighborhoods into healthier and more efficient spaces. Summit attendees will learn how projects in Detroit and the Netherlands achieve this and why sustainable urbanism is essential to the architecture of tomorrow’s cities around the world.

“Detroitans deserve to thrive in a fair and green city; have access to quality housing; and live in clean, connected neighborhoods. It is important for the State of Michigan to work with other countries to make this a reality and to create a more sustainable future, not only locally but also globally,” said Ivana Kalafatic, Founder of Detroitisit. “We are thrilled to partner with sustainability industry leaders from the Netherlands, Detroit and across the United States – uniting minds and developing creative solutions focused on sustainable urban planning and economics. circular.”

“The Dutch Design Foundation is delighted to contribute to the second edition of the Sustainable Urban Design Summit. We deeply believe in international exchanges to jointly develop and implement creative solutions to today’s global challenges. Hence the Dutch Design Week 2022, With over 1,500 designers, launched the theme Get Set! We are on a mission. It’s time to join forces and take action. As can be experienced from October 22 to 30 with more designers and more collaboration partners in almost 500 concepts and scenarios of events for a better world, better cities will be presented in the city of Eindhoven” , said Martijn Paulen, CEO of the Dutch Design Foundation.

Topics for 2022 will include:

  • Imagine the city of the future
  • Future-proof cities through Design Thinking
  • Impact of fallout from climate change
  • Circular economy in all sectors
  • Sustainable neighborhood and community programming
  • Urban spaces and bringing them to life
  • Creation of creative places

Dutch designers Fillip Studios will present Arabidopsis Symphony, a unique interactive performance in which visitors immerse themselves in the inner world of plants through music and the latest augmented reality technologies.

The goal of this summit, now in its second year, is to provide a multi-level conversation that is compelling, thought-provoking and provocative, allowing for participation and a fluid exchange of ideas. Organizations are invited to showcase their work or projects, rather than engage in a discussion of the topics at hand for potential cooperation and collaboration across geographies and missions.

Attendees will gain valuable knowledge, connections, and know-how from top experts hailing from Detroit, the United States, and the Netherlands, providing impactful solutions to learn from each other and share knowledge on how best to convince others, change structures, focus on the right problem and change behaviors.

Confirmed 2022 speakers:

  • Dutch Design Foundation – Rob Adams, Mobility Embassy
  • SBN Detroit – Terry Barclay, President, SBND and CEO, Inforum
  • City of Detroit – Antoine Bryant, Director of Planning and Development
  • Holland Circular Hotspot – Ruben Dubelaar, International Strategy Advisor
  • MVVA – Nate Trevethan, Director
  • Related Companies – Ryan Friedrichs, Vice President, Development
  • Archi-tectonics – Founding Partner / Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania – Winka Dubbeldam
  • Urban Rivers – Zachary Damato, Co-Founder
  • Gensler Detroit – John Jourden, Design Director
  • Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) – Cory Connolly, Climate and Energy Advisor
  • SOM – Doug Voigt, Urban Design and Planning Associate
  • Institute for AfroUrbanism – Lauren A. Hood, Founder and Chief Visionary
  • Kresge – Alexa Bush, Detroit Program Officer
  • Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) – dr. Irene Luque Martin, Project Manager Research & Innovation, Circularity in Urban Regions
  • Bedrock Detroit – James Witherspoon, Vice President, Architecture and Design
  • Michigan’s University Research Corridor – Britany Affolter-Caine, Executive Director
  • ISAIC– Jen Guarino, President and CEO
  • Centrepolis Accelerator at Lawrence Tech University – Joshua Brugeman, Expert in Residence
  • An architecture – Matthijs Bouw, founding partner
  • Downtown Detroit Partnership – Eric Larson, CEO
  • College of Creative Studies, Olga Stella Vice President, Strategy and Communications
  • Woodward Throwbacks – Bo Shepard, co-owner, designer
  • MVRDV – Kristina Knauf, MVRDV Climate Associate
  • Detroit Riverfront Conservancy – Marc Pasco, Director of Communications
  • CIV:LAB – Emily Dabish Yahkind, Director of Detroit
  • DWEJ – Laprisha Daniels, Executive Director
  • Visit Detroit – Christopher Moyer, Senior Director, Communications
  • Fillip Studios – Lotte Holterman, Studio Manager, Communications
  • The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Chicago – Andrea van der Grinten, Sr. Economic Policy Officer – Smart Cities | State-of-the-art manufacturing
  • University of Michigan, Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise – Benjamin J. Leffel, Ph.D., Postdoctoral fellow

Shared interactivity project:

Arabidopsis Symphony by Fillip Studios, a unique interactive performance, in which visitors immerse themselves in the inner world of plants through music and the latest augmented reality technologies.

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