I am an architect/urban planner with a strong interest in orchestrating innovation in optimized urban metabolism processes, quality and balanced livability in cities. My most recent professional engagement is related to leading innovation and coordination within the Young Planning Professionals Programme, as a member of the Local Organizing Committee of the International Society of City and Regional Planners 2015 congress. The annual congress was co-hosted in late 2015, in twelve cities in Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands.
In the light of recent developments in the urban planning domain and especially with the introduction of the Open Innovation 2.0 framework, I have directed my focus towards bringing Open Innovation in the management of the urban environment with the help of advanced ICT, by merging the physical and virtual worlds based on the Quadruple Helix model.
Together with the Open City team from Jelle Rijpma Advies and other ambitious planners and IT specialists from The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, we are trying to enable the next steps of creating a common international platform for Open Innovation 2.0. The platform will facilitate connecting, capacity building and knowledge dissemination to planning practitioners, institutions, organizations and governing bodies worldwide in cutting edge Open Innovation in city planning. The International Open Innovation platform 2.0 will achieve this by combining emerging Information and Communication Technologies with planning practices worldwide.