Carbon-Based Urbanism featured in De Architect

Our research Carbon-Based Urbanism is featured by De Architect ("10 CO2-rekentools als antwoord op de MilieuPrestatie Gebouwen.") To address embodied carbon, architects take the initiative to develop their own approach to gain insight and reduce environmental impact.

Martin Sobota: "It's quickly said that something is ecological and sustainable because it's built in wood for example. What is unaddressed, is if it is built in high or in low density and what infrastructure is needed. That's why a villa in the countryside always scores a better MPG than a residential tower. We shouldn't only look at what a building emits, but focus much more on what a person who lives there emits."

Read the article here


Carbon-Based Design: 17 principles

Dutch legislation for the environmental impact of buildings is being sharpened. The "MPG-score" (Milieu Prestatie Gebouw) of a building indicates the environmental impact of a building, to which embodied CO2-emissions contribute a large part. A shocking 49% of embodied emissions are caused by services (including PV panels). The maximum for this score will be lowered in 2025 and will be gradually lowered towards 2030 and 2035. Cityförster developed the brochure "Carbon-Based Design" that lists 17 design principles to reduce CO2-emissions of housing projects. These design principles can be applied in any project and can be used by clients, project developers, municipalities, building planners, architects and designers in tenders and architectural designs. A useful overview to always have at hand!

Download the brochure here:

Image by Cityförster. Source: RVO


What does a liveable urban quarter need?

CITYFÖRSTERS Founding Partner Verena Brehm is discussing the foundations of a functioning urban Quarter in the latest issue of Stadtbauwelt. In the discussion round with Eva Herr, Rainer Johann and Gerko Schröder exciting impulses have emerged on the multiple perspectives of urban quarter development.

You can find the full interview in the StadtBauwelt issue 238, 13.2023 or here


How to add 10.000 houses in the center of Arnhem?

MinisterievanMaak challenged 100 designers and experts to give an answer to the current housing crisis in the Netherlands. Each team has the objective to add 10.000 houses into a 2x2 km site. Together they will create 1 million houses, making it the largest maquette of the Netherlands!

The maquette will be exhibited from October 14 to November 13 during the 10th edition of the Architecture Biennale Rotterdam.


CITYFÖRSTER @ Haus der Architektur Graz

As a part of the exhibition "The Circular Economy" our two projects Lune Delta°/Bremerhaven and Recycling House/Hannover will be exhibited at Haus der Architektur in Graz, Austria from 14.04.2021 - 04.07.2021.

The exhibition at the HDA presents studies and practical examples of architectures, conversions, and system cycles that are characterized by their high design quality as well as their impressive genesis of reused material resources.

You can find more information about the exhibition here.


Our ecovillage published in latest issue of Polis Magazine

We are happy to share this article about us and our masterplan and building design for the ecovillage in Hanover, Germany that you can find in the current issue of polis Magazin.

„SUFFICIENCY AS A STATEMENT - In Hanover, construction of the ecovillage designed by the architectural offices Cityförster and Studiomauer will begin this year, the completion of which is planned for 2026. The vision: Contribute less to climate change, more to the solution. As a result, following the principle of sufficiency, the residential project is being created on five hectares that are dedicated to the communal way of life in the form of open spaces. (...)"

For more information please visit the polis website.


Recycling house on NTV

NTV has broadcast a report about the Recycling House on the 11th of February, 18:35: Guide to Building and Living: Everything has been there before - the Recycling House

The video can also be viewed online here.


CITYFÖRSTER at the Dutch Design Week

During the Dutch Design Week CITYFÖRSTER took part in the BPDlab#4 design challenge, and collaborated with Fien Dekker of Rainaway on the "Smart Rainbarrel XXL 3.0 Deluxe" - an integrated system to (re)use rainwater within buildings and simultaneously create awareness. We would like to thank BPD for their invitation, and are proud to present the final results here!

(concept Smart Rainbarrel: Studio Bas Sala)
(urban plan Campinaterrein: Studioninedots)


The "Lune Delta" in the magazine of the "Verband Beratender Ingenieure"

Based on the Cradle to Cradle philosophy, a sustainable commercial and industrial area integrated into the city is being created in Bremerhaven.



DBZ interview on BDA award "max 45"

We are very pleased about the BDA award "max45 - Young Architects" that we receiced for our project Residential Crown - a prototype of settlement 2.0.

Recently we had the chance to stress our motivation, the role of planning processes and why we think settlement 2.0 is a major potential for our contemporary citites in the interview with Benedikt Kraft that was published in Deutsche BauZeitschrift. The interview outlines the Residential Crown as an inspiring and adaptable concept that fosters mixed use cities and its consideration in urban developmend processes.


Cape Square one of the Best 2016

The project "Cape Square" in Dürres by CITYFÖRSTER and BOOM has been selected as one of 17 peojects for the Dutch Yearbook on Urban Design and Landscape Architecture 2016. The book wll be launched on the 26th of November in s'Hertogenbosch. More information here.


Traveller and the Olive Grove

Together with experts from marketing, tourism and agriculture, CITYFÖRSTER recently concluded a research into the potential links between these sectors and identified a number of business cases for local entrepreneurs and opportunities for international companies with a focus on sustainable products and services. The team had conducted an exploratory mission to understand and map out spatial potentials and urgencies along the Albanian Coast as a basis for a large scale development concept as well as small scale design measurements for certain business cases. The research was commissioned by the Dutch embassy in Tirana and has been presented to Albanian authorities and stakeholders in October. The online publication is available now.


CITYFÖRSTER Feature is online

AiR Foundation Rotterdam made a nice little feature about us. Get an impression of our Rotterdam office and hear Martin explain Cityförster's philosophy and projects. (in Dutch!)
See the feature here