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Based in Rotterdam, Eva Pfannes is an architect and urban designer working in Europe, India and Brazil. She co-founded the international design practice OOZE in 2003 with Sylvain Hartenberg, working across scales, from regional strategies to architecture and research, combining an elaborate understanding of natural, ecological processes, with technological expertise and deep insights in to the social-cultural behaviour of users of the built environment. The cyclic closed-loop processes found in nature are the foundation for each intervention and integrate the human scale within a comprehensive urban strategy.
Eva is co-curator of the ninth edition of the International Architecture Biennial Rotterdam (IABR), DOWN TO EARTH (2020 - 2021) and in 2020 she was the lead designer of the IABR–Atelier Rotterdam III, working on a Local Energy Action Plan (LEAP) to decarbonize a local neighbourhood. She is the team lead for the City of 1000 Tanks project in Chennai, part of the global Water as Leverage program of the Dutch Government. Her expertise covers urban, participatory and climate resilience strategies including Nature Based Solutions and developing multi system models with an interdisciplinary team.
Eva's work was widely published, including the Materials Book by Ruby Press, DOMUS, AJ and The Guardian and exhibited in the Venice Biennial, Studio-X-Rio, the Sao Paulo Architecture Biennial and the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam. Awards include the 2017 Landscape Institute Award UK for ‘Best Design for Temporary Landscape’ and the LafargeHolcim Bronze Award-Latin America 2017. In 2015, she was Practitioner in Residence at Central Saint Martins (UAL) and served on the jury for the Rotterdam Architecture Prize 2018. Eva is a Jury member for the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards-Europe 2020.

picture of Eva Pfannes by Aad Hoogendoorn

Henk Ovink was appointed the first Special Envoy for Water of The Netherlands in 2015.
He was senior advisor for US Secretary Shaun Donovan of HUD in his role as Chair of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. Ovink was responsible for the long term planning strategy and the widely acclaimed design competition Rebuild by Design.
Before joining the Task Force Ovink was both Director General Spatial Planning and Water affairs and Director National Spatial Planning for the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment in the Netherlands. As Director General he was responsible for the national policy on, the national legal frameworks for and the long term strategy, investments, programs and projects for water affairs and national spatial planning in the Netherlands.

Henk Ovink is member of the supervisory board of The Berlage Institute, the UK School of Design, Delft University of Technology Faculty of Architecture and the Master City Developer Rotterdam. He initiated the research program Design and Politics, the connecting chair Design and Politics at the TU Delft and a series of publications with 010 Publishers, called ‘Design and Politics’ covering the historical and political perspective with a focus on specific issues (designing the Randstad, Compact Cities and more). Ovink collaborates with and participates in the research program Urban Age within the Cities Program of the LSE. He lectures and publishes on the change of government, governance and planning as well as on the specific relationship between design and politics.

ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles] investigates the contemporary urban landscape on every possible scale by means of solicited and unsolicited designs. The output of the office ranges from political research to urban planning and from landscape design to architecture. ZUS works with a belief that everything and every place has the potential to become unique and thrilling. A spatial intervention should therefore always be inspired by the specific qualities of the site or its context.

ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles] was founded in Rotterdam by Elma van Boxel (1975) and Kristian Koreman (1978) in 2001. In 2007 they received the prestigious Rotterdam Maaskant Prize for Young Architects and published their first book: Re-Public: towards a new spatial politics. Despite their young age they have already had the honor to be selected as curators for the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam and the first BMW Guggenheim Lab team in New York. In 2012 ZUS was selected as ‘Architect of the Year’ in the category small offices.Their work has been widely exhibited in a.o. the Venice Biennale, the Design Biennale Istanbul, the Architecture Biennale in Sao Paolo and the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam. They hold teaching positions at various design schools including the CAFA school of architecture in Beijing and INSIDE at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague.

Van Boxel and Koreman head an international and multi-disciplinary team consisting of architects, urban planners, landscape architects, a graphic designer and a cultural economist. A professional design team is selected for each specific project.The list of ambitious projects ZUS is working on is expanding rapidly. In the field of landscape architecture ZUS has realized designs like Printemps à Grand Bigard in Brussels, the Central Park of the World Expo 2010 and the landscape of the Dutch Pavilion in Shanghai.ZUS designs large scale urban plans, such as Almere Duin –a coastal neighborhood containing 2650 houses, currently under construction– and A2 Maastricht –a city-wide infrastructural redevelopment plan which was designed jointly with the the Royal BAM, largest contractor in the Netherlands. Recently ZUS was asked to draw up the new master plan for the Futian District in Shenzen.
The Schieblock is the successful redevelopment of an abandoned office building in the center of Rotterdam. The project garnered attention for the fact that ZUS wasn’t only involved as architect but also as initiator, developer and real-estate agent. In 2012 the project was shortlisted for AM NAi prize and was awarded the Job Dura encouragement award. Currently ZUS, in partnership with the IABR and others, is occupied with the execution of Test Site Rotterdam: a complex urban renewal project which aims to redefine the current approach to city development. The multi-million dollar project is underway with the Luchtsingel (a crowd-funded pedestrian sky bridge), Europe’s largest rooftop farm (which was awarded the 2012 Green Building Jury Award) and a city park of 5.000 m2.