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Building Resilient Cities: Water as Leverage for a Better City, a Lecture by Matthijs Bouw

  • Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch 4801 Main Street Kansas City, MO, 64112 United States (map)
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Join us at the Kansas City Public Library on Thursday, March 21st for a public lecture with Matthjis Bouw as he discusses the need for increased attention to urban resilience in design. A reception will be held starting at 6:00 pm with the lecture following at 6:30pm. Admittance is free and parking is available in the Plaza Branch’s free parking garage.

About Matthijs Bouw
Matthijs Bouw is a Dutch architect and urbanist and founder of One Architecture (est. 1995), an award-winning Amsterdam and New York-based design and planning firm. He directs the Urban Resilience Certificate Program for PennDesign at the University of Pennsylvania.

Bouw’s work at UPenn theorizes and positions design as an integrator and innovator among scales, disciplines, actors and issues in urban resilience and water management  projects.Additionally, he researches how to achieve and increase ‘resilience value’ in the implementation of complex projects. He is a member of the ULI panel that writes the ’10 principles for building resilience’.

Bouw’s practice is known for its unique approach in which programmatic, financial, technical and organizational issues are addressed, communicated and resolved through design. Bouw has been a pioneer in the use of design as a tool for collaboration, for instance through the development of ‘Design Studios’ as an instrument to support the Netherlands’ Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment with its long term planning, with such notable projects as the Deltametropolis Studio and Randstad 2040.

The office works on flagship resilience projects in New York, Boston and San Francisco. A co-leader of the BIG Team that won the Rebuild by Design competition for the flood protection of Manhattan, ONE is currently part of the multi-disciplinary teams executing the first phase of the East Side Coastal Resiliency project for Lower Manhattan, as well as planning the Lower Manhattan Coastal Protection project. In Panama City, Bouw is the urban designer in the ‘Water Dialogues’ team. In the Philippines, he is the urban planner for the Asian Development Bank on New Clark City, and works on nature-based disaster reduction in Tacloban. In the Netherlands, ONE is part of the ‘Hackable City’ team for Buiksloterham, a large scale brownfield redevelopment in Amsterdam-Noord based on the principles of the circular economy.