MVRDV - Associate Sanne van Manen to lecture green rooftops on More Green!

Associate Sanne van Manen to lecture green rooftops on More Green!


In modern cities, large areas of unused flat roofs are waiting for a new function. In Rotterdam alone we have over 18 square kilometres of them. That has to change. The roofs offer the space to address the housing shortage, energy transition, climate adaptation, and inclusiveness in cities. Associate Sanne van Manen is going to speak about adding more greenery in cities and on rooftops at More Green! on November 17.

MVRDV Associate and Architect, Sanne van Manen leads multiple teams within Studio 8 designing and developing large inner-city projects in the Netherlands and abroad. Van Manen was integral to the successful acquisition of MVRDV’s celebrated Valley project in Amsterdam with its expressive green mixed-use residential towers, as well as the Grotius Towers, and Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, a sustainable masterplan development drawing the inner city into connection with outlying areas.

In addition to this role, she champions the high-rise specialism within the office, and initiated the 'City Lab Hoogkwartier', an internal research team that conducts research in the Hoogkwartier neighbourhood, where MVRDV’s Rotterdam office is located. The City Lab tackles significant issues relevant to the office’s work, including energy transition, mobility transition, heat stress, and health and well-being, all at the neighbourhood scale, and involving neighbourhood stakeholders: inhabitants, entrepreneurs, shop owners, and the municipality. Outside her work at the office, van Manen is active academically, teaching at the Academy of Rotterdam and the Delft Technical University.

The More Green! event is organized by Haus Der Architectur. During this event Sanne van Manen will give a lecture and discuss examples of greening and the use of roof areas, public streets and squares together with Lisa Maria Enzenhofer from Breathe Earth Collective. You can attend this event with a registration. The main language of the event will be English.

  • Date and time: November 17, 2021. 18:30 (CET).
  • Location: House of Architecture, Mariahlifestrasse 2, 8020 Graz.
  • More information about the event and how to register here.