Urbanism in the Anthropocene - by Floris Alkemade CANCELLED

23 March 2020
On March 23, Chief Government Architect Floris Alkemade gives his keynote lecture about urban design in the Anthropocene. Studium Generale and Bureau Europa present this event as part of the exhibition Landscape as Cult. Another view of our nature.

The contemporary era’s hypothetically assigned name is the Anthropocene. The extent of humankind’s influence on the environment means it can no longer be ignored or reversed and will have significant consequences for how we live in the future, even though we may not ultimately realise this yet.

Changing rural and urban landscapes
A number of ideas are already covered in the exhibition, such as the speculative Plan B by LOLA Landscape Architects, which presents the Netherlands in 2200 as a flooded area, with a Randstad walled by dykes and mounds, and substantial climate migration to Limburg and Drenthe. Or consider the more pressing issue of Jakarta, one of the world's fastest sinking cities, where the Indonesian government must move the capital to Borneo within the next 10 years.

The Chief Government Architect’s lecture considers the development of urban planning, sustainability, circular material flows, renewable energy and efficient transport systems, all of which will make the vulnerable organism of The City a more robust and climate-oriented structure.

Floris Alkemade
Floris Alkemade became Chief Government Architect in 2015. He previously worked at OMA (spending seven years as a partner) and founded his own agency FAA in 2008. As government architect, Alkemade focuses on social projects with a spatial component, such as climate change, energy transition, and devolution. Architects in particular can make a crucial contribution to finding a solution in competitions such as ‘A Home Away From Home’, ‘Who Cares’ and ‘Bread and Games’.

Date: Monday, March 23, 20.00 – 21.30 (doors open at 19.30)
Location: Aula van Maastricht University, Minderbroedersberg 4-6
Language: English
Admission: free