Except Integrated sustainability.
Flourish in a changing world.
Multi-disciplinary consulting, innovation and development organization working on advanced sustainability projects around the globe.

Urban Design & Planning

Service > Building the sustainable communities of the future

Shanghai Urban Masterplan interweaving residential, commercial, utilities & agriculture. Compact cities with mixed uses and flexible structures make a lively, thriving city. Embedded ecology makes cities healthy and resilient Smart redevelopment strategies can boost economy and living quality

Except develops designs and concepts for sustainable cities. With our multi-disciplinary team, we blend economic, cultural, and environmental aspects into the sustainable urban areas of the future.

Urban intelligence

Smart cities, sustainable cities, green cities... it's the talk of the town. But who knows how to develop, design and organize the processes necessary to move towards truly sustainable cities? This is what Except started doing in 1999, and continues to innovate and work on.

We work on the following areas:

  • Sustainable urban development & Design
  • Eco-cities & urban ecology
  • Urban agriculture
  • Adaptive urban redevelopment
  • Economic redevelopment strategy
  • Industrial symbiosis & redevelopment
  • Urban metabolism

Systems approach

We approach these complex questions by putting the gadgets and fancy design aside for a bit, and analysing the clockwork of the city, understanding what makes it tick, grow and thrive. Our scientists, economists, ecologists, architects and urbanists analyze each location, find out its specific nature, and make sure that with every move that's made the city gets better, fundamentally.

After we know what'll make it work, we develop what is necessary to make it work: attract new business, redevelop buildings, public spaces, waste, water, food or social development. We'll choose what's the best direction for each area, rather than what's trending. And we'll make sure it has timeless design, to create long lasting value and enthuse residents, business, investors and policy makers alike.

Together for the long term

We work on long term development strategies rather than single efforts that get lost in the whole. We feel the necessity to involve the local population, and put them in the driving seat, providing them with all intelligence and tools needed to make these decisions.

This is how we feel a city develops: with, by and for its inhabitants, using ecology as a main driver, economy as an opportunity and beauty and safety as necessary edge conditions.

Ecology & Economy

The city needs ecology to exist, and economy to thrive. Without nature, the city becomes a dead object, continuously demanding  inputs, expenses and with decreasing health and living quality.

Using nature as a positive and powerful driver for urban development is a given for us. It's the foundation we stand on, and which we work on for over a decade. With it, we include people, and with them, find smart and resilient ways to boost local economies. We believe that strong and flourishing communities can be created using these principles, and we've shown it can be done.

Spatial symphonies

Except’s urban design work looks at the city as a symphony. Just as in music, it’s not just about the notes but just as much about the pauses in between the notes that create the music.

Urban design orchestrates the city, weaves space, function, nature, and society in an intricate tapestry. Our cities are under increasing scrutiny regarding their environmental impact. Except weaves an urban tapestry that is self-supporting, resilient, and sustainable in the long-term, answering local and national governments’ questions on how to proceed towards sustainable urban development.

Examples

Growth-Planning Area Planning & Development

Next Generation Open Source City Planning - June 2009

Growth Planning introduces an entirely new approach to area planning and urban design. Rather than defining specific programmatic requirements, Growth Planning instead applies socio-economic impulses to the area within certain performance edge conditions. It revolutionzes the task of city design by requiring the urban fabric to organically respond to social and economic stimuli, and allows for increased value, quality, and development over time.

Born out of the necessity to start thinking differently about our built environment due to economic, social and environmental constraints, Except has worked on refining this new form of planning since 2005.

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Boston Fort Point Masterplan

Sustainable urban redevelopment

This urban redevelopment project of the Fort Point district in Boston, MA proposes a unique strategy to reduce city-wide traffic congestion, increase livability and property values and contributes significantly to the resilience of the city as a whole.

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Mooi en Duurzaam Schiebroek-Zuid

Na-oorlogse sociale woningbouw herontwikkeling

Except ontwikkelde deze visie en flexibel plan van aanpak voor het opwaarderen van de naoorlogse sociale woningbouwwijk Schiebroek-Zuid in Rotterdam.  De integrale visie transformeert de wijk gedurende 30 jaar naar een zelfvoorzienend en duurzaam woongebied. Het past een breed scala toe van innovatieve energiesystemen, stadslandbouw, sociaal en economisch programma, en renovatietechnieken.

“Mooi en Duurzaam Schiebroek-Zuid” is ontwikkeld in opdracht van woningbouwcorporatie Vestia en het InnovatieNetwerk.

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Warmtevisie Tilburg

Duurzaam, eerlijk en betaalbaar

Dit is de visie voor de doorontwikkeling en verduurzaming van het warmtenet van Tilburg, ontwikkeld met onze consortiumpartners.

De visie dient als startpunt voor de verdere ontwikkeling en samenwerking in Tilburg om tot een duurzame warmtevoorziening te komen, in opdracht van Essent, Gemeente Tilburg, Attero, Brabant Water en MOED.

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Visie op Duurzaam OV

Een actieplan voor de Stadsregio Rotterdam

Hoe kan openbaar vervoer bijdragen aan een veerkrachtig en duurzame stad?

Met een team van experts en stakeholders uit de Stadsregio Rotterdam ontwikkelden we een visie naar dit doel. De visie kwam tot stand door verschillende intensieve samenwerkingssessies en wordt ingezet om nieuwe stakeholders en partners te betrekken bij het actieplan voor het meest duurzame OV systeem ter wereld.

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Zevenkamp through our eyes

The transformation of Zevenkamp into the happiest neighborhood in Rotterdam

“Zevenkamp through our eyes: a story of three students and one neighborhood” is an urban transformation project by Except Academy, a learning platform for interns at Except. We developed an inspiration book which tells the story of our journey and experiences while investigating Zevenkamp, the second largest post-war neighborhood in the Netherlands.

The purpose of the book is to inspire and share our vision of Zevenkamp’s future. It has practical examples of opportunities for the neighborhood to become flourishing and resilient with the help of its residents and stakeholders.

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Schiphol-Oost Pioneer Park

Visie en strategie voor de duurzame transformatie van een bedrijvenpark op Schiphol

Schiphol-Oost is de geboorteplaats van Schiphol. Vandaag de dag is het een bedrijventerrein dat scherpte en visie mist. Daarmee ontbreekt een duidelijke identiteit, en onderscheidt het zich weinig van omliggende bedrijventerreinen. In samenwerking met Schiphol Real Estate (SRE) heeft Except een visie en strategie voor  de komende 5 tot 10 jaar voor Schiphol-Oost ontwikkeld. De visie richt zich op Schiphol-Oost als innovatie-tuin van Schiphol, genaamd Pioneer Park.

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Contact

Except Integrated Sustainability

Tom Bosschaert
Director

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“Wat Except heel goed doet is dat ze veel verbindingen proberen te leggen. Ze staan erg open voor mensen en brengen partijen met elkaar in contact.”
-- Bart Verhagen
Onwikkelingsmanager, Estrade / Vestia
“Ik ben onder de indruk van de energie, de expertise en het commitment wat ik zie. Omdat het je persoonlijk raakt. Omdat de mensen bij Except zelf tot in de tenen overtuigd zijn van de noodzaak tot transformatie naar een duurzame maatschappij. ”
-- Miriam van Gool
IUCN Interim manager Leaders for Nature