Public lectures and presentation Summer School, theme 'Microclimates for Regional Diversity'

During the last decades housing in the Netherlands has been dominated by quantities. Today the focus is on quality, sustainability and diversity. The existing urban landscape of the South Wing offers plenty of possibilities to create such diversity.


The Randstad urban landscape has been constructed under a unique national planning regime. The complete new cities built in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s together with the large extension plans of the last two decades resulted in an amalgam of overlapping urban areas. This result is the playing field for a new attitude towards architecture and planning. No longer will large-scale urban projects dominate the agenda. Small-scale interventions will be the key to step by step improve the quality of the urban landscape of the South wing and the quality of life.

This summer thirty young designers from all over the world will investigate the possibilities for such sustainable living environments during the 8th International Summer School of the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design, in cooperation with the South Wing, the Research Centre RDM Sustainable Solutions and Atelier Stad.


The design studio Microclimates for regional diversity is supervised by Duzan Doepel (Doepel Strijkers Architects / Lector Sustainable Solutions in Architecture and Urban Design) and Rogier van den Berg (Zandbelt Van den Berg).


The summer school includes two public lecture evenings and a public presentation of the results. You are most welcome to join these events!


Location: RDM Campus in Heijplaat, Innovation Dock, route map
Entrance: free


Lectures Tuesday 10 July

- Sustainable Density by Bart Mispelblom Beijer (Tangram Architects)
- A Polycentric South Wing by Verena Balz (TU Delft)

Lectures Tuesday 17 July

- Urban Borders by Eric Luiten (TU Delft)
- Beautiful South-Holland by Riette Bosch (West 8)


Presentation and debate Friday 20 July

- The participants present their proposals to the audience and a panel of professionals.
Foto: Ronald Flipsen, afstudeerproject ‘De Noordelijke Maasvallei’


If you have any questions regarding the summer school or visiting these events, please contact Jan Duursma, coördinator external affairs: or call 010-794 4855


Picture: graduation project Ronald Flipsen 'De Noordelijke Maasvallei'