Prof. dr. Zef Hemel is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Amsterdam and a visionary planner. Zef will give a keynote of his vision on the opportunities and threats in present-day cities.
In his book “Er was eens een stad: visionaire planologie” Zef introduces a new kind of open planning – a planning which can easily adjust to permanently changing circumstances and benefits from unexpected opportunities. Which is no longer based on the idea of manufacturability, but is democratic and is fed by the experiences and imagination of citizens. He believes visionary planning can bring about major change in an increasingly complex world with modest interventions. Zef will discuss topics such as liveability, accessibility and equality from his point of view.