SMARTLAND is a multi-disciplinary landscape design office with an international focus. With our professional roots in the Dutch Rhine River Delta we have gained broad experience in handling spatial quests in densely populated areas, which we project in urban deltas around the world.

From this perspective we focus on the urgent challenges the planet is facing at this moment. We develop innovative, integrated spatial solutions for projects in which landscape, urban planning, water management, ecology, architecture and product design come together. We solve problems that are universal and that go beyond borders with design solutions that are unique and tailor made.

Natural systems form the starting point in our search for solutions. We believe that knowledge and specific experience of the landscape inevitably leads to appreciation and concern for the environment. We make landscape understandable, readable and liveable.


September 16, 2019

On September 18, 2019, Smartland will present 'Do you know the Musselbasket?' Our idea for raising the biodiversity on and around the water level of urban water has been chosen by the jury as one of the six finalists. The Musselbasket is about biodiversity around the water surface. So about plants and animals below, on or just above the water. In the old cities, the balance of biodiversity between, clear water, aquatic plants, mussels, snails and water fleas, is lost. The banks are made of stone, the water is nutrient-rich and turbid and only populated...

August 23, 2019

The redevelopment of the abandoned ancient Dafang village in rural China has started. The strategy for the project is to create an attractive and flexible space where Chinese and Dutch creatives from different fields can work together and inspire a new generation of both tourists and locals. The project is a collaboration of NEXT Architects, SMARTLAND landscape architects and IVEM.

March 14, 2019

With 76,000 panels, this new solar park will generate electricity for 9,000 households. Moerdijk is also the location for a groundbreaking research project by Shell, Naturalis and Smartland into optimizing the positive influence of solar parks on the biodiversity of rural areas.

March 12, 2019

Solar park Moerdijk is the location for groundbreaking research into optimizing the positive influence of solar parks on biodiversity (especially insects) of the rural area.

Shell Sustainable Energy focuses on developing and rolling out sustainable energy projects to contribute to the energy transition as part of the climate challenge. In addition to this task, stopping the decline and restoring biodiversity is also one of the major societal challenges at the moment. The Delta Plan on Biodiversity has recently been drawn up for this, including by the Nat...

February 22, 2019

On the 14th. of Februari 2019 SMARTLAND, together with WAM architecten, Lodewijk Baljon landschapsarchitecten, Stadfactor, Observatorium, De Kabelfabriek, Witteveen+Bos and TNO Mobility, presented the results of the BNA research project 'City of the Future' at the Jaarcongres stedelijke transformatie in the Evoluon, Eindhoven.

The team focused on an area of 1x1 km in the Central Innovation District (CID), in The Hague. Nowadays, the area is considered as a major transportation node, with three important train stations passing through it. In the future,...

January 31, 2019

From the 1st of February, SMARTLAND's new office is located in the 'Tuin van BRET', a beautiful circular village and green oasis wedged between the rail tracks and bus station of Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station.

January 31, 2019

SMARTLAND supports, in collaboration with Bui-TeGewoon | green projects, Staatsbosbeheer in the Provincial project 'Future Perspective Amsterdam Wetlands'. This involves achieving a 'Substantive shared perspective and implementation agenda', as the first partial results of the Waterland-East Project Plan.

January 22, 2019

In the southern Randstad Metropolitan Area, approximately 240,000 new homes have to be realized by 2040, of which at least 170,000 in existing, urban areas. An Urbanization Alliance was set up with the aim of enabling the (accelerated) development of housing locations in the immediate vicinity of public transport hubs / stations and making maximum use of the agglomeration power of Zuid-Holland. Do certain industries have to give way to homes? Can you live in the vicinity of industry without any inconvenience? How do you retain employment? In short, how...

January 17, 2019

SMARTLAND is asked to make a design for the transformation of the Bad Vilbelpark in Huizen. The park is currently badly at. 'There is overdue maintenance. The park is very wet, the forest plants and paths have subsided and maintenance is very difficult. "The municipality therefore wants to make a plan to redesign the park, 'so that the residents can enjoy this beautiful piece of the village for a long period of time'.

November 27, 2018

On the 30st. of November 2018 SMARTLAND, together with WAM architecten, Lodewijk Baljon landschapsarchitecten, Stadfactor, Observatorium, De Kabelfabriek, Witteveen+Bos en TNO Mobility, will present the results of the BNA research project 'City of the Future' at the Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam.

November 25, 2018

Uit de nieuwste bodemdalingskaart van Nederland blijkt dat vooral onze veengrond hard daalt. Volgens 'lisdoddeboer' Aldert van Weeren en landschapsarchitect Klaas Jan Wardenaar is er een simpele oplossing: natte landbouw met rietsigaren.

De veenbodem daalt omdat boeren hun veenweide droog moeten houden, zodat ze er met de koeien en met de tractor op kunnen. Maar daardoor verbrandt het veen letterlijk in de lucht. Alleen wanneer het veen permanent nat wordt gehouden, wordt die zogeheten oxidatie en inklinking van veen voorkomen. 'Geen probleem', zegt Van...

November 18, 2018

In the Buiksloterham circular district in Amsterdam, the first pile is beaten for the nature-inclusive housing project STORIES, by Olaf Gipser Architects in collaboration with SMARTLAND. Integrated into the facades of the building, we designed a 'vertical landscape' based on the gradient from the hinterland to the sea. The residents consciously chose this green concept, which gives all apartments a unique green outdoor space, but that also contributes to a cooler and cleaner urban living environment.

October 21, 2018

SMARTLAND takes part in the revitalization of the abandoned historical rural village Dafang in Jinxi County, China. Project in collaboration with Herbert-Jan Hiep (IVEM), John de Water, Jiang XiaoFei (Next Architects), Linda Vlassenrood, Roel Wolters (SMARTLAND), Xu Lian (CCMG).

October 8, 2018

SMARTLAND is involved as designers in the Marickenland project, between Vinkeveen and Wilnis, a nature development project from the Utrecht-West Program Office, in which also bullrush farming has a place. To stimulate the local population to participate, we designed a viewing screen that sketches a possible future situation. The screen fits perfectly with the bridges of Jan Konings that have been built here before, and has been unveiled by four enthusiastic directors as the start of the process. See also the publication in the AD: Lisdodde is een gewas...

October 6, 2018

Op 4 Oktober 2018 stond SMARTLAND samen met Stichting Noordzeeboerderij op de innovation expo in Rotterdam. Stichting Noordzeeboerderij werkt als platform voor de Nederlandse zeewiercommunity, die inmiddels uit meer dan 200 personen (ruim 75 organisaties) bestaat. Deze groep omvat de gehele keten van zeewier: van zeewierzaadje tot -salade, van schip tot verwerkingstechniek. We helpen ondernemers en organisaties om actief te worden in de zeewiersector met netwerk, workshops, advies en onze offshore testlocatie op de Noordzee bij Scheveningen, het ‘North...

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