Michael van Gessel
What is, is the great guide as to what ought to be
lecture thursday 9th october 2014
hours 6.00 pm at FondazioneFalciola / CamplusRubattino
via Caduti di Marcinelle 2 (zona Lambrate-Ventura) Milan
Michael van Gessel (Bandung, 1948) graduated in Architecture from the Wageningen University of Agriculture. He collaborated for over 18 years with the Bakkker en Bleeker (B+B) study, which he directed from 1991 to 1997. Since 1997 he has been working as a freelance in the various fields of landscape architecture, from private gardens to urban planning. Amongst his several projects he has accomplished the requalification of the Vondel Park and Artis Zoo project in Amsterdam, edited the master plan for restoration of the landscape around the Castle De Haar in Utrecht and the master plan of Twickel Estate, managed the integration of the internal courtyards of the Ministry of Agriculture into the urban context in The Hague, the managed supervision of the urban development of an ancient abandoned industrial area in the northern area of Maastricht and the harbor area of Amsterdam. Amongst the international awards: selection for the Rosa Barba European Award for Landscape of the Barcelona Biennial of Architecture in 2008 and 2012, the Bijhouwer Award in the Netherlands in 2006, first prize in the international competition of the city of Berlin for the Park Hellersdorf project in 1994, first prize ex aequo in the international competition of the city of Paris for for the Park Villette in 1982.
The conference is within the Workshop “Landscapes of reconstruction. From natural calamities to environmental disasters” and is part of the “Focus on Landscape“, a series of meetings open to the public with some landscapers, teachers, students of the Master in Landscape Architecture UPC-ACMA based in Milan, interpreters of the main international experiences: the moment of exchange and discussion of current issues more and more, not only for technicians and professionals but also for the growth of a widespread awareness in society that necessarily share the common heritage of the landscape.