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Apply and work with the basic "Symbiosis in Development Principles" (SiD) in real-world cases. Develop concepts and strategies that make businesses, industries, cities, buildings and day-to-day life more efficient, more sustainable, more human.
Length: 6 days
Dates: June 24 to 29, 2019
Fee: CNY 16,800 / HKD 20,800
Level: Post Graduate Education
Language: English, with Chinese Translation
Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Registration: Before April 30, 2019
Individuals and organizations who are reaching out to communities or companies on issues of sustainability or who are considering developing economic, environmental, or social indicators for a community or company. Also applicable to communities who are developing master plans as a guide to future development. Individuals and organizations including designers, architects, engineers, urban planners and developers, business strategists and developers, real estates, policy and decision-makers, grassroots activists, agriculture sectors and government officials.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to
- tackle sustainability challenges on a system-level
- structure integrated sustainable projects & evaluation
- apply and work with the basic SiD tools to a case study
- make action plans for project executions in a team setting
The participants will receive an official SiD certificate upon completion.
This course aims to deepen participants’ knowledge and understanding of sustainability. It offers a basic introduction of Symbiosis in Development(SiD) – a framework for developing multi-faceted sustainability innovations, using systems-thinking, network theory, and life cycle understanding. Trainers will demonstrate how to analyze real cases by looking at the entire spectrum of influences. The 6-day course is a mix of presentations, games, personal reflections and group work in an informal environment. Participants learn about system-thinking, the SiD framework and apply it to case studies. SiD has been successfully applied to over 500 projects in contexts as diverse as urban renewal, policy making, design, business strategy, healthcare, and industrial innovation. SiD enables different disciplines to work together and evaluate sustainability spectrum-wide. It uses systems thinking, systems mapping, design-thinking, and complexity thinking in a co-creation process.
Symbiosis in Development (SiD)
SiD guides professionals, designers and decision-makers in incorporating problems beyond material and energy use – extending to include social, ecological, economic, and political issues. To achieve sustainability, we must optimise for all these competing areas of concern at the same time – and this is what SiD does.SiD formulates a way to work with complex systems understanding, making it accessible and workable through a systemic approach, method and process. It connects powerful but abstract theoretical knowledge to daily practice, and provides an overarching framework in which other existing frameworks, such as the Circular Economy and Social Justice, become more meaningful and effective.SiD is a tool, but also a means for greater insight. By developing a new language for multi-disciplinary groups to work together on integrated solutions for a sustainable society, it drafts the foundation of a new way of working, learning, researching and intervention.
EXCEPT is a cooperative of over 30 scientists, designers, and social entrepreneurs that take sustainable development to the next level. With over 500 projects on 4 continents, ranging from urban development, future proof buildings, agriculture, business strategy, and software, Except has become an international leader in the field of sustainable innovation.EXCEPT develops concepts and strategies that make businesses, industries, cities, buildings, and day-to-day life more efficient, more sustainable, more human. EXCEPT exists to raise the roof, to be the frontrunner in sustainable innovation, smart business models and to help our partners become future-proof and flourishing. Together, we bridge gaps between sectors to accelerate the frontier of sustainability and create concepts that are realistic and feasible.
Rotterdam was once the world’s largest port, where the local economy revolved almost entirely around shipping. Soon jobs started to decline and the city became poor – having the highest unemployment rate in the country with the biggest population of unskilled immigrant workers, the city had one of the highest crime rates in Europe. In conjunction, Rotterdam faces a constant threat by rising waters where 90% of the city is below sea level.You may ask, BUT how did this gritty port city turn itself around and become a world leader in Sustainable Urban Design? Thanks to it being future-obsessed with an abundance of open space, and for having a government willing to support original and sometimes bizarre new solutions (for example, local entrepreneurs are experimenting with mushroom farming, bread recycling, they even try to turn food waste into fake leather).This really is unique about Rotterdam and it is the place to be if you want to learn about SUSTAINABILITY. Come and surround yourself with sustainable architecture and to experience real-life examples. By the end, you will also take home a little piece of the Dutch attitude “we don’t talk, we just do”.
Participants work on selected case studies, with 4 to 5 sub-questions. EXCEPT will guide the development of the cases and will prepare the related documentation for the training in coordination with the attendees.
Hong Kong and/or China (TBA), 16.00 - 20:00
- Divide participants into groups
- Group discussions on case study topics which will be
worked on with trainers in the Netherlands
SiD training. Welcome and introduction to full spectrum analysis
- Introduction to the SiD theory and the SiD Method, history of SiD
- Practice with applying the SiD Method on the object level
Understanding systems from a network perspective
EXCEPT Rotterdam office, 10.00 - 18.00 (with 45 minutes lunch break)
- Summary and rehearsal of the main element of SiD theory
- Practice with applying the SiD Method on the network level
Site Visits: Sustainability & Bottom-up initiatives
Various locations, 10.00 - 1400 (with 1-hour lunch break)
- Crowd-funded footbridge in Luchtsingel and Schieblock
- Wiheminapier, where the world famous architects such as Rem Koolhaas, Alvaro Size and Sir Norman Foster have left their landmark
- ZOHOneighbourhood, an example of a bottom-up organized neighborhood
- Kop van Zuid neighborhood (via tram ride), includes Renzo Piano Tower, Oma's DeRotterdam, Floating pavilion, etc
- Fenix Food Factory for lunch (13.00 - 14.00), a small-scale food hub located in a former warehouse, at the Katendrecht peninsula
- Individual visits, 14.00 onwards
Participants will be accompanied to Museum Park, where they can
choose to see Boijmans museum, NAI center, Kunsthal and other
significant examples of architecture.
The day ends in the attractive White de Wit street
Site Visits: Circularity
Various locations, 10.00 – 14.00 (with 1-hour lunch break)
- BlueCity, to learn about its background, sustainable objectives
and to see how the SiD theory was put into practice
- Aloha Bar for lunch (13.00 - 14.00)Individual visits, 14.00 onwards
Participants will be accompanied to
Rotterdam centrum and visit some of Rotterdam's most iconic buildings
such as Markthal, Rotterdam cathedral, Kubic houses, Timmerhuis, etc
Understanding System Dynamics
EXCEPT Rotterdam office, 10.00-18.00 (with 45 minutes lunch break)
- Introduction to system dynamics
- Practice with applying the SiD Method on the system level
- How to apply SiD to your own project
Site Visits: Dutch innovation
Various locations, 10.00 - 14.00 (with 1-hour lunch break)
- Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij (RDM), where the
manufacturing industry of the future is taking shape
- Uit Je Eigen Stad for lunch
The day ends with the handover of the course certificates
(Founder and Director of EXCEPT)
Tom’s vision was to find systemic solutions for our societal challenges by combining science, business, design
Areas of expertise: Integrated Sustainable Development & Project Management / Systems Analysis & Strategy / Architecture / Urban Design, City & Community Planning
(Architect, Project Coordinator and Research at EXCEPT)
Antonia initially joined EXCEPT as an intern during her 2nd level Post-Graduate Course “Sustainable Design of the built environment” and was part of the 1st Except Academy. She continues to support the academy team, eager to further strengthen her skills and help others do the same.
Some of Antonia’s projects: Schiphol Office Innovation, May 12, 2017; The Self-driving City, April 12, 2017; Zevenkamp through our eyes, Feb 27, 2018
(Owner and Professional Guide at insiderotterdam.com)
Ariane is a Rotterdam born lady with a great love for her city. The idea of “Insider Rotterdam” came about when Ariane was traveling in Southeast Asia. She was deeply touched by the warm welcome she received and the local tours she joined made her experience the real Asia (being shown around by a local – going to special places and hearing insider stories). After the trip she realised that a raw urban city such as Rotterdam was in desperate need of similar small-scale insider tours diving into the city life and providing a warm informative and pleasurable welcome to those who would like to learn about her city.