Enno Zuidema
urban planner and director
Enno Zuidema Stedebouw

by Christa van Vlodrop

1. Background

I live and work on a mound in the oldest landscape of Europe: Middag Humsterland in Groningen. I feel a city person. I work in Rotterdam and Niehove. Studied at Delft University of Technology, worked in Berlin and Rotterdam, then I started Enno Zuidema Stedebouw.

2. Why are you fascinated with
architecture / urban development?

Society building was part of my upbringing and fascinates me. Change should be much more the focal point in urban planning. The change in question, only just begins when a design is carried out. Urban design is therefore pioneering and guidance.

3. Best city

Boston is great: river, sea, ports and highways. A little further downtown and at ‘walkingdistance' parks, villas and museums. Desirable, hard working and proud.

4. Most beautiful building

Centre Pompidou: it invites and repels, it changes and has a dazzling view of Paris.

5. Most beautiful park or square

Plaza Real in Barcelona and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art on the coast near Copenhagen.

6. Best public facility / urban infill

The Amsterdamse Bos and the Maas-Tunnel-Traverse in Rotterdam. What a violence, drive and stories connected with those places!

7. Best 20th and 21st century innovations

Internet: makes the unthinkable possible in connecting people.

8. Next groundbreaking innovation

Lifelong learning. Working longer is asking of us to learn more. And enjoy a more diverse working environment.

9. About the future of cities

We will make our cities more productive: more residential space, the springboard to the labour market, more and more an intertwined network. Cities that lag behind the inclusion of all districts in this development, will lose it!

10. Personal contribution to urban development

Changes are central. I am supervisor of and spatial strategist for clients. Design helps in the initiation and guidance of changes. Design is research. Next year I will also organize the 'Urbanism as a power to change’ (see ezstedebouw.nl) about craftsmanship broadened in a changing world.

11. Guerrilla in the city?

That is what the city is all about. Urbanism has been able to continuously learn from this. Flash mobs, markets, initiatives, ‘bean-chip-inning'.