How to feed the world's metropolises

Hosted by Wageningen UR in Wageningen amidst FoodValley region, The Netherlands

Workshop Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands

Spaces Remaining: 16

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SIGN UP! Food is an important emerging field at the intersection of land use planning, food planning and planning for climate change. People, Planet and Profit have never been so intimately intertwined.

Food is a sustaining and enduring necessity. Yet among the basic essentials for life — air, water, shelter, and food — only food has been absent over the years as a focus of ISOCARP serious professional planning interest. A puzzling omission as the conventional food system activities take up a significant amount of urban and rural land, regards both the rich and even more important the poor in our society, represents an important part of world economics and trade as well as community and regional economies and has everything to do with our regions and planets ecological sustainability.

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-THE CHALLENGE • 9.6 billion people on Earth in 2050 • At least 75-80% living in cities • Cities of 5 -20 million as the new normal • City expansion in climate-vulnerable delta areas • Urban sprawl eating up valuable farmland The loss of precious farmland by proliferating urban sprawl and soil depletion brings closer to the edge. Increasing water stress and strained logistics & distribution networks, changes in diet and high rates of food waste bring this issue to the fore. We tend to s…



- URBAN AND RURAL RESILIENCE 'Hungry City, Insatiable Metropolis' is a planners’ discussion platform for the burning question 'how to feed' people from different disciplines and backgrounds. Eight renowned experts will share their thoughts with you in a series of lectures, inviting you to share your experiences and shift horizons in thinking. They will explore with you how to feed our global community in a holistic way: from the global economic system to the small scaled community, from the s…



- THE WORKSHOP In an interactive and creative setting, you will be part of the process and not merely a listener. Discover in a holistic approach the latest technologies and bottom up civic initiatives as well as environmental issues facing this domain. To cap off we’ll apply what we’ve learned in a studio where you are the designer – exploring the ins and outs of the different food paradigms in relation to specific urban structures and in metropolitan areas of 5 - 30 million inhabitants. Every…



Meet our eminent chairs, keynote speakers, curators and young planning professionals



Passionate professionals and experience experts, citizens and farmers alike, are invited to contribute to the 'Hungry City, Insatiable Metropolis' theme workshop.


Workshop day 1: 'Hungry City, Insatiable Metroplis'

Starts: Oct 19, 2015
Ends: Oct 19, 2015
Building 100 'Lumen', Droevendaalsesteeg 3, 6708 PB Wageningen, The Netherlands >>Please let yourself known at the reception at Gaia building 101<<

workshop day 2 'Hungry City, Insatiable Metropolis'

Starts: Oct 20, 2015
Ends: Aug 20, 2015
Building 100 'Lumen', Droevendaalsesteeg 3, 6708 PB Wageningen, The Netherlands >>Please let yourself known at the reception at Gaia building 101<<

Information hotels, transportation


There are several (booking) sites on internet with information about hotels in and near Wageningen. Do note that you need a car when you stay in a hotel or B&B outside the city in order to get to the campus (distance to/lack of frequent public transportation). An exception is a hotel in Ede near the station Ede-Wageningen -in that case participants can commute to the Wageningen University campus by bus nr. 88 (see public transportation).

The 3 best hotels nearest Wageningen University campus are:
• Hotel De Wageningse Berg ****
Generaal Foulkesweg 96
6703 DS Wageningen
T: +31-(0)317-495 911

• Hotel De Wereld ****
5 Mei Plein nr. 1
6703 CD Wageningen
T: + 31 (0)317 - 460 444

• Hotel Hof van Wageningen ***
Lawickse Allee 9
6701 AN Wageningen
T: +31 (0) 317 490 133

Hotel in Ede near train station Ede-Wageningen:
• Hotel/Congress centre De ReeHorst ****
Bennekomseweg 24
6717 LM Ede (GLD)
T: + 31 (0)318-750 300

• For B & B: (Bed & Breakfast
Mind the distance to the campus!

There is no hostel in Wageningen. There is one in Arnhem however it takes at least 11/2 hour to get to the campus in Wageningen.

For student rooms contact:
• Idealis (the company that takes care of social student housing
• Housingdesk


• Train: the nearest intercity station is Ede-Wageningen with direct connections from/to Schiphol National Airport, Amsterdam Central Station or Amsterdam Zuid Station; trains every 15 or 20 minutes.. Travel time: 1 hour.
• Bus: departure from the south side of the station > bus nr. 88 leaves every 10 to 15 minutes for Wageningen centre and stops at the WUR campus (travel time appr. 10 minutes).
• Taxi: the hotel can pick you up at Ede-Wageningen station. Taxi costs (one way trip): for 8 persons: €30,- or 4 persons: €25,-. When you make your bookings please let the hotel know that you want to be picked up at the station (south side).

Information Wageningen

Learn more about Wageningen and its history.

Wageningen is 15 km's from the city of Arnhem famous as the WWII site of 'Operation Market Garden' and its ensuing epic 'A bridge too far'.

Hotel de Wereld (meaning Hotel The World) in Wageningen was 5 and 6 May 1945 the site of the capitulation of the German troops in the Netherlands, and the end of German occupation during World War II.

Wageningen has two beautiful arboreta/botanical gardens.
The old one designed by the famous landscape architect Springer.
And the new one, Belmonte, designed by WUR professor Bijhouwer.

Wageningen borders the river Rhine. In its grazing marsh you will find 'De Blauwe Kamer' (The Blue Room), the very first nature reserve that originated by cutting through the summer river dike to give the river more room. This much followed concept was based on the price winning 'Plan Ooievaar' (Plan Stork) that proposed a new structure and water management method for the river system.

This plan was followed up by the Dutch policy of 'Room for the River'. The goal of the Dutch Room for the River Programme is to give the river more room to be able to manage higher water levels. The realization is well on its way.

Information Wageningen UR and FoodValley region

Do you want to know more about Wageningen University & Research Centre, choose your language and go to:

Follow Wageningen University MOOC'S (‘massive online open courses’). Januari 2015 Wageningen University is starting with two courses, 'Introduction to Nutrition - Food for Health' and 'Growing our future food: Crops', each of which lasts eight weeks. The choice of topic was influenced by the global challenge of how to ensure more than nine billion people follow a safe and healthy diet in 2050. At the same time the environmental impact must be drastically reduced.
Almost 40,000 people have shown interest, with registrations in 196 countries

Interested in the FoodValley region? Get more information at:
Factsheet Foodvalley

Here you can get information about the twin city of Wageningen Ede with its national and international train connections and famous National Park 'De Hoge Veluwe' including the world reknown Kröller-Müller Museum with its beautiful collection of van Gogh paintings.

Map Ede-Wageningen and The Netherlands.

Information Venue


See for workshop location map in TALKING POINTS 6: PROGRAMME

Want to know more about Wageningen UR and its campus? Get the information at: