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)|
|FRAMING REGIOPOLITAN PARKSTAD|
|9:15h||Keynote I by Thomas Sieverts|
|9:45h||Keynote II by Dirk Sijmons|
|MEET THE REGIOPOLITANS|
|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
|12:15h||Closing announcements by Mathea Severeijns|
|12:30h||End of symposium|
About the speakers
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 (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 (1970) has been working as a planner for several commercial and government organisations. Since 2019 she is managing director of IBA Parkstad.