Green spaces are essential for the quality of life, wellbeing, and health of urban populations.

We are very honored that Renate Künast, politician for the Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and Member of German Parliament is opening Embassy Lab GRÜNtopia.

Lectures & Discussions Embassy Lab GRÜNtopia @ Embassy of Kingdom of the Netherlands , Berlin, 22 June 2018
Keynote Renate Künast, politician for Bündnis 90/Die Grünen @ Embassy of Kingdom of the Netherlands , Berlin, 22 June 2018


Renate Künast, member of the German Parliament, politician for Bündnis 90/Die Grünen is opening Embassy Lab GRÜNtopia with a keynote.

Embassy Lab GRÜNtopia addresses this convergence of the built environment and nature. This includes, alongside more conventional solutions for integrating green into dense urban settings, innovative greening systems, the integration of food production into architecture, participatory formats, and construction experiments with growing plants. The solutions considered range from established traditional approaches to innovative and experimental Smart Urban Landscape applications.

Germany has a long tradition of research on sustainable “green” building practices and environmentally friendly urban development.
The Netherlands provides an agile and inventive biotope of players and a fertile ground for testing experimental ideas. The Dutch professionals, with their innovative crossover approach, offer inspiring examples of innovative solutions for integrating green in the built environment.

Embassy Lab GRÜNtopia creates an interdisciplinary framework for crossover exchange between Dutch, German, and international experts, creative professionals, engaged citizens, and decision makers. The afternoon program is comprised of a series of short lectures and discussions.


Today, the focus on and interest in green urban spaces is increasing thanks to initiatives working toward Healthy Cities, environmental justice, food security, and strengthening local communities.

Current issues such as climate change, the rapid loss of biodiversity, and accelerating ecological concerns urge us to reconsider our relation to nature. Facing the challenges of the Urban Age, we rethink the juxtaposition of nature versus artifact by integrating plant material in our architectural surroundings, merging nature with the built environment.

This urgency to incorporate nature in urban settings creates a huge potential for innovation in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism. In the convergence of architecture and nature, new hybrid urban typologies and architectural solutions emerge. Know-how is quickly developing, and technologies—for example, in urban agricultural production—are rapidly evolving.


Embassy Lab GRÜNtopia is part of “MakeCity,” a citywide international festival for architecture and urban alternatives that takes place in Berlin from June 14th to July 1st 2018 (MakeCity Berlin). The issues addressed by Embassy Lab GRÜNtopia are closely connected to the theme “Urban/Nature” that constitutes one of the main focuses of the festival. As a “MakeCity” festival hub “playVOID“, the Dutch Embassy in Berlin is organizing a two-week Place Making program that explores how the Embassy’s courtyard can function as a pleasurable communication space and a public pop-up park.


Welcome Address

Dr. Guido Biessen, Head Economic Department of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Berlin


Renate Künast, politician for the Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and Member of the German Parliament.

Introduction & Moderation

Prof. Elizabeth SikiaridiProf. Frans Vogelaar, Hybrid Space Lab


Dr. Wolfgang Seidel, Head of the Presidents Office, German Environment Agency
Marion Waller, Advisor to the Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of Urban Planning, Architecture, Economic Development, Attractiveness and the Greater Paris Projects
Dr. Heike Stock, Berlin Senate Department for Environment, Transport and Climate Protection
Anna Yudina, Author of “Garden City: Supergreen Buildings, Urban Skyscapes and the New Planted Space”, member of A10 New European Architecture Cooperative
Sven Stimac, Senior Consultant International Horticultural Exhibition Floriade 2022
Tanja van der Knoop, Founder of Green City Buzz, Amsterdam
Dutch City Deal Food on the Urban Agenda (video)
John Apesos, Founder & CEO of GROWx, a vertical farm with integrated circular economy logistics, Amsterdam (video)
Wouter Vos, Director International | Program Director “Liveable Cities”
Eric Frijters, founder and principal designer FABRICations, Prof. Future Urban Regions at the Dutch Architecture Academies Consortium on Healthy Urbanism


Julia Bar-Tal, The 15th Garden, Syrian Network for Food Sovereignty
Sally Below, Urbanist and Curator, CLB Berlin and
Laura Bernhardt, Art and Design Curator
Susanne Bernstein, Office Manager NGO Flussbad Berlin
Birgit Beyer, Director Project Development, Planification, Green Areas Construction Works, District of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg of Berlin
Anna Bieczynska, M.Sc. Arch., Postgraduate Agriculture Studies
Dr. Dominique Blu, Economist
Katrin Bohn, Bohn&Viljoen Architects / University of Brighton UK, urban practitioner with a (food-)productive landscape focus
Dr. Grit Bürgow, Initiator and Project Coordinator of ROOF WATER-FARM
Prof. Dr. Vanessa Miriam Carlow, Head of Institute for Sustainable Urbanism (ISU), Technical University Braunschweig
Giulia Carones, M.Sc. Cultural Anthropology: Sustainable Citizenship, Researcher
Francesca Ferguson, Founding Director, MakeCity Festival
Thilo Folkerts, Landscape Architect, Director of 100Landschaftsarchitektur, Berlin
Francesca Galeazzi, Arup, Sustainability Team Leader
Jörg Geier, Head of Business Development & Partnerships, Lucid, Berlin
Max Gimpel-Henning, Product Manager, New Applications, Green City Solutions
Christian Grauvogel, re:Kreators:
Benedikt Haerlin, Head of Berlin Office, Foundation on Future Farming
Wiebke Hencken, General Manager of Green Fortune Germany
Sam Holleran, Writer, Interdisciplinary Artist, Participatory Design
Jannis Hülsen, Designer, Berlin University of the Arts
Sara Jurinčić, Mag. Ing. Arch., Zagreb
Dr. Richard Karty, Urban Ecologist, Berlin (formerly New York City)
Michael Kloos, Community Garden himmelbeet, Berlin
Meryem Korun, Community Garden himmelbeet, Berlin
Sjoerd Krijnen, Animalesque, Architectural Association
Nicolas Leschke, CEO of Ecofriendly Farming / ECF Farmsystems, Berlin
Herbert Lohner, Head of the Department of Urban Nature Conservation, BUND Berlin (Friends of the Earth Germany)
Laura J. Lukitsch, Filmmaker, Park Project Berlin
Adele Bea Mensing, Project Assistant, MakeCity Festival
Prof. Myriel Milicevic, Designer, Neighbourhood Satellites Berlin, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
Franziska Pett, Student of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University College Roosevelt (University Utrecht)
Dr. Inge Pett, Journalist, Co-editor YEAST-art of sharing
Graham Charles Pugh, Urban and Mobility Planner
Mateusz Rej, Urban Designer and Landscape Architect, Project Spatial Commons Wrangelkiez Neighborhood in Berlin
Antje Roterberg-Alemu, Landscape Planer, Public Realm Strategies, District Treptow-Köpenick of Berlin
Kim Ruiter, International Sales Director at Green City Solutions
Jan Sander, Global Marketing Director of Green Fortune
Annemieke van Schaik, Manager International Affairs International Horticultural Exhibition Floriade 2022
Helga Schenk, Climate Protection Control Center, Climate Change and Adaptation, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
Anika Schmidt, Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research
Matthias Schwincke, Environmental Journalist (emMeS mediaSERVICE Matthias Schwincke,
Charley Snoek, Strategic Adviser, Green City Buzz, Amsterdam
Dr. Kathrin Specht , Researcher, Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Humboldt-University Berlin
Anita Stankova, M.Sc.Arch.
Dr. Anja Steglich, Initiator and Project Coordinator of ROOF WATER-FARM
Dr. Heike Stock, Senate Department for Environment, Transport and Climate Protection
Martin Weber, CFO InFarm – Indoor Urban Farming
Tim Weikert, B.Sc.Arch.
Niklas Weisel, Founder and Developer of BoxoM GmbH and the Botanic Horizon – passionate engineer for green technologies and textile structures
Dr. Kathrin Wieck, Research Associate, Chair of Landscape Architecture and Open Space Planning, Berlin Technical University
Jan-Christoph Zoels, Founding Partner of Experientia, User Experience Design 

* How to integrate plant material in buildings?

* How can we green our cities?

* How to develop hybrid urban typologies merging nature with the city?

Embassy Lab is a prototype for experimenting with future functions of embassies in the current age of EUization, globalization and digitalization.

Embassy Lab GRÜNtopia is developed by Hybrid Space Lab together with the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands Embassy in Berlin and Kingdom of The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague.

Workshops, Lectures & Symposiums Embassy Lab @ Kingdom of The Netherlands Embassy, Berlin, Germany & Kingdom of The Netherlands Ministery of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, The Netherlands, 2014~2021

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