Session 1: Mobility Transition and Its Spatial Implications


David Hamers is an urban researcher, trained as a cultural theorist and economist. He is a senior researcher for Urban Areas at PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving) in The Hague. His publications mainly deal with the development, design, and use of spaces and infrastructures within and around the city. In addition to his work at PBL, he is a professor (lector) of Places and Traces at Design Academy Eindhoven.








Dr. David Hamers (Lector in Places and Traces, Design Academy Eindhoven, and Senior Researcher for urban areas, Department of Spatial Planning and Quality of the Local Environment, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), the Netherlands)


Dominic Stead is associate professor of urban and regional planning in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft. He began his academic career as researcher at the University of the West of England. From 1996 to 2001, he was research fellow at University College London in the Bartlett School of Planning and associate lecturer at the University of the West of England. In 2001 he moved to TU Delft, initially as a postdoctoral researcher supported by a Marie Curie Fellowship, a European postdoctoral research grant for young talented academics. Since moving to Delft, Dominic has been principal investigator for more than 10 large European research projects on issues related to urban development, governance and sustainability and has been involved in projects funded by ESPON, European Framework Programmes, JPI Urban Europe and the United Nations.

Dominic has a strong interdisciplinary background: a doctorate in Planning Studies, a master’s degree in Town and Country Planning and a master’s degree in Environmental Science. His research and teaching focus on processes of policy-making and the impacts of policies, particularly in relation to urban transport and spatial planning. He has published widely in books, international journals, has co-edited five books and he is editor and member of editorial boards of highly esteemed international peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Dominic Stead (Associate Prof., Spatial Planning and Strategy Chair, TU Delft, Netherlands)


Rients Dijkstra (1961) graduated in 1989 as an urban planner at TU Delft. After graduating, he worked for the ArchitectenCie and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). With his own company Maxwan, he has worked over the past twenty years on master plans for, among others, Leidsche Rijn, Leiden Central Station, Rotterdam Central Station, Antwerp Ring and public space and districts in Moscow. Since 2012 he has been a Government Advisor for Infrastructure and City. In this capacity, Dijkstra advises the national government on spatial programs and themes such as cohesion in mobility and city. In 2018, Rients Dijkstra together with Han Dijk and Emile Revier co-founded PosadMaxwan.





Prof. Rients Dijkstra (Professor of Urban Design, TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and The Built Environment, Chair of Urban Design, Founder, and Director of PosadMaxwan, Netherlands)



Anca Ioana Ionescu is a researcher in Urbanism at TU Delft, working on the relation between autonomous cars and urban space. Ioana obtained two Master degrees in Architecture and Urbanism and had both master theses nominated for Archiprix. She studied at Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest (MArch), The Architecture University of Sheffield (Erasmus scholarship in architecture) and Faculty of Architecture and The Built Environment, TU Delft (Cum Laude, MSc Urbanism).

In her projects, she worked from the building scale to city scale and territorial design, exploring on different time scales through scenarios and future images. She was part of the winning team for Le:Notre International competition (2016) for the strategic reintegration of the Colentina chain of lakes in Bucharest. Her focus is on sustainable spatial transformation in relation to green-blue structures, rural-urban integration, and under-used space. The relation between users and spatial design always played a key role in her projects, leading to methods which involved locals and stakeholders. Amongst other collaborations with architecture and urbanism offices, Ioana worked at Palmbout Urban Landscapes.


Anca Ioana Ionescu (Junior Researcher at TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and The Built Environment, Chair of Urban Design)


Session 2: Revaluing Public Space


Salvador Rueda is the founder and Director of the Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona, established in 2000. He owns Degrees in Biological Sciences, Psychology and Energy Management from the University of Barcelona and a Diploma in Environmental Engineering from the Ministry of Industry, of Universities and Research. Previously, he has held managerial positions in the Planning Department, Government of Catalonia (la Generalitat de Cataluña) as well as with the Municipalities of Barcelona and Sant Adrià de Besòs, and was a member of the Expert Group on the Urban Environment in the European Union (1994-2000).

Rueda is the author and coordinator of several books and scientific and technical articles about urban planning. He has been a commissioner and scientific advisor for many national and international conferences, masters and postgraduate programs. He has developed projects such as strategic plans, urban planning, urban green and biodiversity, mobility, public space and urban metabolism (energy, water, pollution, noise and waste) such as the Mobility Plan of Barcelona (Spain), the Design Manual of Public Space in Buenos Aires (Argentina) or Participation in the Great Moscow Urban Planning enlargement (Russia) amongst others.

Salvador Rueda (Director of The Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona, IAAC scientific committee, Spain)


Frans van de Ven is the team leader and expert advisor in the Urban Land & Water Management at Deltares and associate professor of Urban Water Management at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Delft University of Technology. He holds a Ph.D. in Hydrology and is leading research worldwide on creating sustainable cities, making them climate resilient, flood and drought proof and subsidence-free. He previously worked for Rijkswaterstaat’s Institute of Inland Water Management and Wastewater Treatment, being involved in several research programmes and projects, such as “Living with Water”.

Since May 2008 Van de Ven joined Deltares, where he and his team started research activities on climate resilience of cities, urban flooding and impact reduction, on creating adaptable cities and on the concept of the “closed city” – aimed at enhancing the functional use of all types of water in the urban area. Over the past couple of years, water resources management, as well as effectiveness and applicability of blue-green solutions for urban flood, drought and heat management, were added to the pallet of ongoing research projects.

Dr.Ir. Frans van de Ven (Associate Professor, Civil Engineering and Geosciences, TU Delft and expert adviser in Urban Land& Water Management at Deltares, Netherlands)


Florian Boer (1969) is an involved spatial designer and project leader with 25 years of experience. His expertise covers designing on ‘urban systems’ in which especially water plays an important role. With his office DE URBANISTEN he has built up a unique expertise concerning integral design for water sensitive places, neighborhoods, cities and regions; from overall visions to concrete designs.

The city of Rotterdam plays an important role as a test location for innovative concepts and ideas. Florian has been intensively involved in the research by design of ‘Rotterdam Watercity 2035’ (2005), the (inter)nationally renowned ‘Waterplan 2’ (2007) and the Rotterdam Adaptation Strategy (RAS, 2012). He is the inventor of the concept of the ‘water square’ and has been responsible for the design and construction of the first water square: ’Benthemplein’. In 2014 he won the international design competition ‘Rebuild by Design’ for New York with the project ‘New Meadowlands’ (collaboration with MIT, ZUS and Deltares). At this moment Florian is working on climate resilient projects in Antwerp (BE), Copenhagen (DK), Mexico City (MX), Guayaquil (EQ), Amsterdam, Nijmegen, The Hague, and Rotterdam. Florian frequently speaks on international congresses and universities.

Florian Boer (Founder and Director of De Urbanisten, Netherlands)


Session 3: Urban design in the context of Automated Mobility


Nico Larco is a professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Oregon (AIA) where he leads the Urbanism Next Research Initiative.  This initiative is focused on how technological advances such as autonomous vehicles, e-commerce and the sharing economy are changing city form and development.  Prof. Larco assists cities and projects with future-proofing, has run workshops and charrettes nationally on this topic, and is currently coordinating work in this area with various municipal and state agencies around the country.  He is also a Principal of Larco/Knudson, an urban design consulting firm





Nico Larco (Associate Professor at School of Architecture&Environment, University of Oregon, co-founder, and director of Sustainable Cities Initiative, Sci co-director of Urbanism Next, Oregon)



Mathias Mitteregger has worked on a range of topics in architectural theory including political theory and architecture, architecture and technology, myth, superstition and architecture. He wrote his Ph.D. dissertation Reason might be a place. Critical regionalism and architectural autonomy as examples of architectural theory building on political philosophy under the direction of Kari Jormakka. Since 2016 he is head of AVENUE21 an interdisciplinary research project, investigating how connected and automated vehicles could contribute to major urban development goals and where they might undermine them.








Dr. Mathias Mitteregger (Senior researcher of AVENUE21, future.lab TU Wien and Daimler and Benz Foundation, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, TU Wien, Austria)



Emilia Bruck is a researcher and doctoral candidate at the Centre of Local and Urban Planning, Technical University Vienna. She holds a Master’s degree in Urban Design from the Technical University Delft, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. As part of the AVENUE21 research team, her particular research interest concerns the relational dynamic between emerging mobility technologies, spatial transformations and planning paradigms. She examines connected and automated vehicles in regards to their “Transformative Potential” for the built environment, as well as urban planning principles, goals and procedures. Two urban test sites for automated shuttlebuses in Toronto, Canada, and Vienna, Austria, are analyzed by means of a comparative case study research on the meaning of urban laboratories.






Emilia Bruck (Ph.D. at the Faculty of Architecture and Planning, TU Wien, Project Assistant in AVENUE21, future.lab TU Wien and Daimler and Benz Foundation, Austria)



Arthur Scheltes is a strategic public transport consultant, working in the field of mobility and trying to combine public transport with innovative forms of mobility such as driverless vehicles. During his career at Goudappel Coffeng, he has worked on a variety of projects regarding driverless vehicles. In these studies, driverless vehicles are not perceived as a solution to everything, but they are tackled in a more pragmatic way, as part of the mobility toolbox to tackle mobility-related challenges. An important aspect of the implementation of driverless vehicles is a systems approach in which the operational design domain of driverless vehicles acts as one of the boundary conditions of the system.




Arthur Scheltes (Advisor in Public Transport& Self-Driving Vehicles at Goudappel Coffeng, Netherlands)



Chaired by Víctor Muñoz Sanz, Rients Dijkstra and Dominic Stead.


Víctor Muñoz Sanz is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft. His work examines the notion of workscapes, that is, the architectures and territories of human and nonhuman labor, and the spaces shaped by initiatives and innovations of industrial entrepreneurs. Related work includes Networked Utopia (his doctoral dissertation), the audio-documentary Off:Re: Onshore (Canadian Centre for Architecture, 2018), and his involvement in Cities of Making (TU Delft) and Automated Landscapes(Het Nieuwe Instituut)He holds the degree of Architect from the School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM, 2006), a Master of Architecture in Urban Design, with distinction, from Harvard University (2011), and a Ph.D. cum laude in architecture from ETSAM (2016).




Dr. Víctor Muñoz Sanz (Postdoc at TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and The Built Environment, Cities of Making)