space&matter at the Beijing design week

space&matter is proud of participating in the Beijing design week (23 Sept - 7 Oct). As one of the Dutch contributors of the Nurturing House, we offer a new perspective on how to develop cities in China.

If you are in Beijing, don't miss Marthijn Pool's lecture on Friday the 25th on the theme "CITIZENS AS PLANNERS - what if we invite citizens to help shape our cities?"

Another Award for the Ceuvel!

We are very happy to announce that our project De Ceuvel has been awarded with the Arie Keppler prize for spatial planning. Jury Report: 'An ingenious trick was played to bring new life to a contaminated stretch of land. De Ceuvel is more than a bottom-up-project; the designer took control and managed to implement a very refined urban strategy.'
Thanks Ceuvel team; Marjolein Smeele, Delva Landscape, Wouter Valkenier, Jeroen Apers and all the others that contributed to this success.


We are very happy to announce that our project De Ceuvel is the winner of the Frame Public Award. De Ceuvel was nominated in the Habitat category. With the majority of the votes this was announced on Saturday, October 25th. During the Dutch Design Awards (DDA) exhibition, which is part of Dutch Design Week, people used the Voting Point to express their opinion regarding the best finalist of 2014.

We want to congratulate the whole Ceuvel team; Marjolein Smeele, Delva Landscape, Wouter Valkenier and all the others that contributed to this success. Thanks guys, big thumbs up!

Some words of the selection committee:
De Ceuvel gives the impression of a utopia that has actually been accomplished. Affordable accommodations and housing not only clean the site, but also lay a solid foundation in the form of a committed community. The project is strong because it originated from and is developed by a community. Only the framework conditions were outlined within which organizations and parties could develop their own plans.

Space&matter at Urban Land Institute in Bristol

Space&matter is invited to join the unique ULI organized TAP Bristol (Technical Assistance Panel). Marthijn Pool joins the group of 11 international experts to reflect on Bristols City Planning agenda. On invite of Mayor George Ferguson the group of experts is lead trhough various Bristol areas to learn from its challenges and opportunities.George Ferguson is a well-known architect, former President of RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) and founding Director of the Academy of Urbanism. With a strong focus on community led development and stimulating initiatives; Bristol want to maintain its position of most liveable city in the UK. For more info click here