Regiopolitan Parkstad

Digital Symposium
Thursday 14 october 2021 | 9h-13h
In English
Free entrance
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IBA Parkstad kicks off the conversation on ‘Regiopolitan areas’ in a digital symposium on Thursday 14 October. Speakers such as Thomas Sieverts (DU) and Dirk Sijmons (NL) will share their views on this topic.

A regiopolitan area is the equivalent of the metropolitan area, only smaller in size. They are characterized by the geographic scattering of the core functions of housing, work and recreation (Reverda et al, 2018) and a heterogenic landscape which makes it unclear where the urban stops and the rural starts. Since the majority of European citizens live in a regiopolitan area, the lack of attention from architects and urbanists for these type of regions is remarkable. The Parkstad region is a fit example of such an area and will act as the object of interest of this symposium.

This symposium serves as a steppingstone for the two-day conference that IBA Parkstad organizes in May 2022. During this conference, the ‘Regiopolitan’ city-, and landscape of Parkstad will be explored from a theoretical as well as from a practical perspective by presenting keynotes, thematic mini-conferences and bike safaris.


9:00h Welcome by Mathea Severeijns
9:05h Opening by Secretary of States Anne Katrin Bohle (DU) and Raymond Knops (NL)
9:15h Keynote I by Thomas Sieverts
9:45h Keynote II by Dirk Sijmons
10:15h Short break
10:30h Keynote III by Mathea Severeijns
11:00h Parallel session I
Manifesta Genk (BE)
Floriade Venlo (NL)
11:30h Parallel session II
Cultural Capital Leeuwarden
Landschapstriennale Brabant
12:00h Reflection
12:15h Closing announcements by Mathea Severeijns
12:30h End of symposium

About the speakers

Thomas Sieverts
Thomas Sieverts (1934) is a German architect and urban planner. He is the author of Zwischenstadt. From 1989 to 1994 he served as the scientific director for IBA Emscher Park.

Dirk Sijmons
Dirk Sijmons (1949) studied Architecture at Delft University and is one of the three founders of H+N+S Landscape Architects. Dirk Sijmons was awarded the Rotterdam-Maaskant Prize in 2002.

Mathea Severeijns
Mathea Severeijns (1970) has been working as a planner for several commercial and government organisations. Since 2019 she is managing director of IBA Parkstad.