top of page

Platform for Urbanism and Landscape Architecture

U&L WEEK 2023


Catalysing Systemic Change in the face of unrelenting crises

Global crises such as climate change, biodiversity loss, gentrification, and several natural and human-made disasters have been significantly impacting regions worldwide, leading to social, ecological, and economic vulnerabilities. These challenges have been causing transformations in natural ecosystems and built environments, resulting in the emergence of ruined/decaying landscapes. Marginalized/overlooked regions in particular, often display remarkable resilience in times of distress, through advocacy for social and environmental justice. Yet, there is a need for a stronger voice and awareness of the ways the crises are being addressed, from the most essential levels of society. The 2023 U&L week aims to explore how crises caused due to anthropogenic activities are being resolved through the lens of local actors. 

November 6 - 9

Geo-Political Crises / Discussion

6.November 14.00-18.00h / Berlage Halls 


Lecture / Patrick Meijers / orangearchitects &         

Oleksandra Naryzhna / urban reform


Lecture / Vasiliki Tsioutsiou


Lecture / Malkit Shoshan



Panel Discussion / moderated by Caroline Newton

Oleksandra Naryzhna

Caroline Newton

Malkit Shoshan

Vasiliki Tsioutsiou

Patrick Meijers


Geo-Political Crises / Workshop

7.November 10.00 - 12.30h  / Room A

by Roberto Rocco & Caroline Newton

In this workshop, you will learn about competing conceptions of justice and how they affect political discourse and conflict. Through a role-playing exercise, you will imagine a political discussion and arrive at tentative conclusions and agreements. We will then discuss what these competing conceptions of justice mean for urban planning and design and how planners and designers can address them practically.

The workshop will be held together with students from Queen’s University Belfast.


Keywords: spatial justice, conceptions of justice, muti-actor environments, politics, conflict, agonistic planning, consensus

Environmental Crises / Movie Screening

7.November 14:00 - 16.00h / Room A

Plastic Island (2021) / directed by Rahung Nasution & Dandhy Dwi Laksono

Every day, 93 million single-use straws are used in Indonesia. Together with other plastic waste, they end up in the ocean, break down into microplastics, are eaten by marine life, and end up on our plates for us to eat. The documentary is adapted from a series of films that the filmmakers took around the country to show Indonesians the magnitude of the problems they face. A Balinese vocalist, a biologist and a lawyer have joined hands together to protest against waste plastic imports, collect evidence about the extent of plastic pollution and lobby public officials, and the private sector to develop policies to address single-use plastic pollution. They meet with experts, and activists, and conduct research to understand what the impact of plastic is on our environment and on our health.  
source: IMDb

Come join us for watching this inspiring documentary screening!


Environmental Crises (on climate) / Discussion

8.November 09.00 - 13.00  / Berlage Halls 

Luisa M. Calabrese

Shrishtee Bajpai

Taneha K. Bacchin

Mrudhula Koshy


Lecture / Mrudhula Koshy


Lecture / Taneha K Bacchin


Lecture / Shrishtee Bajpai


Panel Discussion /  moderated by Luisa M. Calabrese

UL Week 2023 X ATLANTIS / Magazine Launch #34.1

8.November 16.00 - 17.00 / Berlage Halls 

Launch of #34.1 ATOPIA

The afternoon of the third day of UL Week 2023 is in collaboration with Atlantis Magazine. The Editorial Team will take us behind the scenes of the editing process and present the new magazine #34.1 ATOPIA.

Victor Muñoz Sanz will moderate a small discussion about the magazine's topic with invited contributors such as Lesia Topolnyk and others. During the discusson the audience is invited to participate and can ask any question they have for editors and contributors.


Environmental Crises (on waste) / Discussion

9.November 10.00 - 13.00  / Orange Hall 

Nikos Katsikis


Sam van Hooff / Metabolic


Lecture / Sam van Hooff / Metabolic


Lecture / Refunc


Panel Discussion /  moderated by Nikos Katsikis

Environmental Crisis (on waste) / Workshop

9.November 14:00 - 18.00h / Orange Hall

by Refunc

Refunc will hold a workshop on experimental construction and design with found or leftover materials. It will be a half-day of experimenting in small groups on how to understand material by listening to it, understanding its qualities, composition and potential by 3D sketching and learning by playing. Participants will be introduced to intuitive inverse design which implies function follows form and how to create from with the given material. Every group can choose the direction of design, scale and desired outcome. Refunc will supply participants with slatted bed frames, something that can be very often found on the streets, as material and reusable cable ties to connect. The workshop functions as an open playground, racking, stacking, all is possible.



The week sees a series of curated lectures, seminars, workshops and debates which revolve around a particular theme in an attempt to understand routes, practices and issues of contemporary urbanism while trying to find its future possibilities. The goal of the UL Week is to bring together people interested in future development of urban landscapes and the built environment together and provide a platform for discussion from creative and technical practices. Each year the UL Week formulated a theme based on current or controversial discussions about the built environment by consulting different professional and students. This theme is the guiding factor around which all the events are positioned.

Past editions







bottom of page