july, 2014


DOD Keynote: Claire Janisch + Jandirk Hoekstra

Event Details

At Department of Design, Claire Janisch and Jandirk Hoekstra will present a keynote lecture framing the discussion for the Healthy Rivers workshop to follow at 14:30. Hoekstra’s lecture entitled Room for rivers: The Dutch approachwill present a review of ways to deal with growing river discharge together with strengthening the condition for spatial qualityJanisch will present a keynote lecture entitled Nature as model, measure & mentor for healthy rivers,  outlining what biomimicry is and how biomimicry can and has been used to support healthy rivers, with a focus on a case study relating to the Berg River.

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Claire Janisch is a Biomimicry Professional and sustainability & innovation advisor. She is a graduate of and has been a co-trainer for the international 2-year biomimicry Professionals Program (BPCP). She is the Founder and Director of BiomimicrySA and is the leading presenter, trainer and consultant for biomimicry in South Africa. Claire works in the areas of strategy, technology & education. She researches, translates and shares the genius of nature for product, process & systems innovations. Claire was selected in the Mail & Guardian’s 200 young South Africans in 2010 and 2011. She was a finalist in the Most Influential Women in Business & Government awards in 2012.

Jandirk Hoekstra is the co-director of H+N+S Landscape Architects and is on the Two Rivers Urban Park team of the Density Syndicate. He is also senior designer and  advisor for a wide range of projects in regional landscape design, city plans and events with a mix of culture and design. Recently he was the leader of the design studio for the Rhine-Meuse Delta in the southwestern part of the Netherlands and the leader of the studio for coastal quality that combined safety- research with possibilities to strengthen Dutch coastal quality. Jandirk Hoekstra is now supervisor for regional spatial quality issues in the Province of Noord-Holland.

There is limited space so please RSVP to rsvp@departmentofdesign.nl to secure your seat

Parking: Information may be found here.


(Wednesday) 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Department of Design

8 Vrede Street, Gardens 8001 Cape Town, South Africa


Department of Design