On 9 July C2CN gathered in Maastricht for the first thematic seminar event of the Network: Cradle to Cradle in relation to area specific development. More than 70 participants listened, learned and discussed on this topic and in this way provided input for the perspective study on area specific development to be published in October. The day started with an introduction by Mr. Paul Levels on C2C and area development from the Limburg point of view. He outlined how the Province of Limburg adopted sustainable development/C2C in its policy framework and, moreover, shed his light on the difficulties and varieties when it comes to defining sustainable (or C2C) area specific development. Mr. Peter Stouthuysen from the advisory agency VITO elaborated on the theoretics behind C2C and area specific development. Since sustainable area-specific development is such a comprehensive concept a layered approach (physical, network, occupation levels) forms the backbone in combination with the various developed principles and other notions used in literature on this topic. To get a better grasp on the topic three example cases were brought to the fore.
Mr. Jan Linssen from Greenpark Venlo outlined the sustainable transformation from Floriade Horticultural Show (2012) to Greenpark. The idea is that post Floriade, the area will be developed further in a sustainable Greenpark (office and business park). Moreover, some key landmarks of the Floriade will remain. An example from the Milan
region was highlighted by Ms. Daria Cantù from Politecnico di Milano. Feeding Milan foresees a metropolitan agri-food model of excellence: it implies a rural-urban area where agriculture flourishes feeding the city and, at the same time, offering citizens opportunities for a multiplicity of farming and nature related activities. Once again a multilayered example of area specific development with numerous
stakeholders involved. The third project brought forward was Ecopolis by Mr. Peter Thoelen from the advisory agency Vibe. Ecopolis comprehends a group of projects which all focus on Sustainable/C2C urban (residential) area development. On its website Vibe presents an inspiring tool for urbanists, planners & local governments to implement Ecopolis-principles in spatial planning.
The distinguished architect Mr. Thomas Rau from Rau Architects held the key note speech at the end of the morning session. Mr. Rau told the audience he wants to get rid off the term sustainability and replace it by “one planet architecture”. Sustainability as a concept is used too often, although ultimately there is no precise definition what exactly sustainability is. One planet architecture is about a change in people’s behaviour. People have to act in accordance with nature and respect it as it once was created. Therefore, Mr. Rau designs buildings which are in harmony with nature; buildings that are energy neutral or even produce more energy than they use. When people’s behaviour is in accordance with and respectful towards nature labelling or certification, is not necessary anymore.
Mr. Peter Out from Ecofys and Mr. Peter Haane from RO Groep are responsible for the perspective study on C2C and Area-Specific Development which aims at finding a way how to combine theory and practice. Based on the Limburg principles they have started analysing the good practices sent by partners. During the afternoon session the first research findings were discussed in three workshops: C2C and rural area development, urban (residential) area development and large scale working landscapes (e.g. industrial sites). During the summer months the work on the good practices will continue. In this way the perspective study will build upon the theories currently available and the practical input delivered by the good practice owners. The end result is to be expected by the end of October.