January 9th, 2017

Biodiversity in Environmental Management Systems

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December 12, 2016. Mathias participates in a workshop on EMAS (Environmental Management Systems) that was held at the European Commission in Brussels upon initiative of the German Ministry for the Environment and Business and Biodiversity.

January 9th, 2017

Artikel over Nederlandse Architectuur


December 2016. Mathias krijgt opdracht van Dutch Culture en de Nederlandse Ambassade in New Delhi om te schrijven voor het Indiaase magazine Architecture Digest.

January 9th, 2017

Interview on Adolf Loos

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December 2016. Following up his lecture on Viennese architecte Adolf Loos at the launch of a new translation of his works by nai/010 Mathias is interviewed about Loos by Dutch-Austrian Oostenrijk magazine. His tips for visiting Loos architecture in Vienna are also online.

November 14th, 2016

Talking about sustainability

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November 23rd, 2016. Mathias welcomes Eric Frijters (Fabric), Fonz Dekker (Evolve) and Evelien Blokker at the 4th edition of StadsCafé Leiden to talk about sustainability.

November 14th, 2016

Municipality interested in student work


November 10th, 2016. Marlena Retter (see picture) and Bart Jonkers, both students of Mathias’ design class at the Academy of Architecture are invited to present their plans to the Municipality of Amsterdam.

November 14th, 2016

Interview met Petra Blaisse van Inside Outside.


4 November 2016. As part of LEGU’s NextCity project Mathias interviews renown landscape designer Petra Blaisse of Inside Outside as next part of the interview series on ‘Building for Biodiversity in the City’ that will be available as e-learning to students on European schools for landscape architecture.

November 14th, 2016

Excellent biodiverse designs


October 26th, 2016. The final presentation for Mathias’ students in the design class ‘Feel Good’ at the Academy of Architecture delivers a harvest of fresh ideas for more biodiversity and Quality of Life in the City. Above work by Bart Donkers.

November 14th, 2016

Collaboration on Arcam Pocket 25 Buildings


October 2016. The Amsterdam Architecture Centre publishes the re-edition of ’25 Buildings you should have seen’. Mathias collaborated as an editor.

November 14th, 2016

Teaching excellence


October 2016. The Academy of Architecture nominates Mathias for participation the 2016 edition of the course Professional Didactics.

September 12th, 2016

Nextcity on film

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September 8th, 2016. The second day of filming about the research conducted within LEGU’s Nextcity project took place along river Amstel in a summerly setting. Maike van Stiphout (DS) and Mathias elaborated on the added value of biodiversity in the city. The film is part of the European Emila project and will be online later this year.

September 12th, 2016

Huge interest in debate on Tiny Houses

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September 7th, 2016. The StadsCafe Leiden on Tiny Houses moderated by Mathias was a huge success. Guided by Mathias an audience of more than 125 went into discussion with the experts. Unexpectedly a housing corporation offered roof for realizing tiny houses on top.

September 4th, 2016

StadsCafe over ‘Tiny Houses’

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September 7th, 2016. Mathias hosts the next edition of  StadsCafé (CityCafé) in Leiden on current trends in the city. The evening on ‘Tiny Houses’ is organized by RAP (Rijnlands Architectuur Platform).

September 4th, 2016

Design studio on Biodiversity in the City

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September 2016. Mathias teaches the design studio ‘Feel Good’ at the Academy of Architecture in September and October. First year students design a biodiverse lighthouse project next to a ferry stop in the North of Amsterdam.

September 4th, 2016

Advice for Bird Life Netherlands

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August 2016. LEGU advises Dutch Association Vogelbescherming (Bird Life Netherlands) on organizing an invited design competiton. A fun commission that aims to use the power of architecture to intensify the experience of nature.

July 15th, 2016

Feasibility Study completed


July 2016. LEGU finishes its Feasibility Study for Remodelling the Max-Born-Conference Center in Berlin.

July 15th, 2016

Woodworks consultancy


July 2016. Minke Wagenaar architecten invite Mathias as an advisor for the realisation of a hotel at the Amsterdam Overtoom that is designed as a massive wooden construction.

July 15th, 2016

Rejuvenating an institution


July 2nd, 2016. In its function of board member at the association AetA Mathias presents his plans for acquiring new members and re-positioning at the annual meeting in Amsterdam.

July 15th, 2016

Nextcity broadcasted

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June 24th, 2016. Mathias en Maike van Stiphout are filmed for a feature about their research for

July 15th, 2016

Study trip New York

June 2016. LEGU is on a study trip to NYC an visits landscape and the coast of the metropole that is endangered by the consequences of climate change ever more.

July 15th, 2016

Self driving cars


May 17th, 2016. Mathias presents the second edition of the talk show ‘Stadscafe’ in the Leiden town hall. Commissioned by the Rijnlands architecture platform this evening was dedicated to mobility and auto ploted cars.

July 15th, 2016

La Biennale di Venezia


May 27th, 2016. Mathias visits the opening of La Biennale di Venezia. In his function at the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects he had taken the initiative to deliver a contribution to an exhibition in a Palazzo curated by the GAA Foundation of Rene Rietmeyer and his great team.

July 15th, 2016

Cold War Visit


May 2016. Mathias is on a study trip to the former bunker of the German Chancellor in the vicinity of Bonn. The kilometres of tunnels serve as a museum on the Cold War.

July 15th, 2016

Study trip Hamburg


May 2016. Mathias is on a field trip to Hamburg.

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May 2016. LEGU presents first plans for an addition to an Amsterdam penthouse.

July 15th, 2016

Berlin Update


April 2016. LEGU visits Berlin for meetings about current projects in the German capital and joins an excursion to the former airport Tempelhof that works as a camp for asylum seekers at the moment.

July 15th, 2016

Future of Building Conference


April 2016. Upon invitation of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce Mathis joins the conference on ‘Future of Building’ in Vienna and participates in an excursion to IBA Seestadt, as well as a trip along some of Loos’ and Josef Frank’s villas.

July 15th, 2016

Visiting re:invent


April 2016. Mathias visits the exhibition re:invent in Paris that presents inner urban redevelopment sites with concern for, amongst others, biodiversity.

July 15th, 2016

Supervision artistic stairs


April 2016. LEGU is commissioned to advise on the realisation of a new public stair designed by Chrsitiaan Bakker at the Vijfhuizen Kunstfort.

July 15th, 2016

Private home extension


March 2016. LEGU presents first sketches for the extension of a private home in Amsterdam.

July 15th, 2016

Importance of languages


March 2016. A while ago Mathias had participated in an European research into language proficiency in relation to employability. The report by Johan Coenen has recently been published.