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Published on 18-04-2023

Strategic green plan Leuven


The city of Leuven in Belgium has pronounced green ambitions and wants to realize these based on an integral green plan for the city. A guiding policy instrument that spatially outlines a desired green structure, and determines which concrete actions are needed to realize this, both short and long term. Team Felixx and Witteveen+Bos have been selected to develop this Strategic Green Plan in collaboration with the city.

To a certain extent, the climate challenges we face are unpredictable. To anticipate this, we need to transform cities into resilient and adaptive systems. A proven strategy is making use of the landscape as a natural basis for this transformation. Leuven's greening ambition has been used to broaden the focus of the Green Plan and to develop it on the basis of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS). NBS are measures and strategies for (re)designing the city, based on natural principles. By applying and switching these strategies, Leuven can once again become part of its natural system. As a result, the city no longer needs to take measures to protect itself against natural forces, but can make use of them. The Strategic Green Plan examines the natural framework of Leuven and identifies the Nature-Based Solutions that integrate this framework with the city's development plans. It links different agendas and interweaves existing policy documents into one coherent instrument, with the aim of a green and healthy city.

For several years now, Felixx has been developing as an expert in the field of Nature-Based Solutions, and has published A Catalog of Nature-Based Solutions for Urban Resilience (2021) on behalf of the Worldbank. In addition to research, Felixx realizes projects based on NBS at all scale levels. A large-scale coastal defense project is currently being realized in Shenzhen, the development vision based on NBS is being drawn up in Almere, work is being done in Antwerp on the Water Master Plan for Oude Landen, and in Cartagena Felixx is part of Water as Leverage together with Witteveen+Bos to improve the water system of the city.


2023 - ongoing




Masterplan, Landscape, Public Space


Municipality Leuven

Team & partners

Michiel van Driessche
Deborah Lambert
Marnix Vink
Elan Redekop van der Meulen
Stad Leuven

  1. HabitatX Exhibition
  2. Felixx announces the appointment of four new associate-partners
  3. Argentinian delegation explores Edible Neighborhood Rijnvliet
  4. Cartagena Co-Design Session
  5. HabitatX Exhibition
  6. Open Office Day
  7. National Architecture Day
  8. Grand Opening Campus Eemsdelta
  9. Rijnvliet wins WLA Honour Award 2023
  10. Jonas wins BNA Building of the Year 2023 Award
  11. Rijnvliet Edible Neighborhood Finalist A+ Architizer Award
  12. Strategic green plan Leuven
  13. Best building of the year
  15. Jonas nominated for Amsterdam Archirtecture Prize 2023
  18. Water as leverage Cartagena
  19. Tree planting day
  20. Brainport Industries Campus
  21. Almere Centre Vision 2040
  22. Gufunes competition published
  23. Healthy Ageing Campus Groningen
  24. Jonas Wins Again
  25. BSD featured in New York Times
  26. Eemsdelta Campus ready for construction
  27. Blokker-site Gouda redeveloped into a mixed-use urban district
  28. East Dike Shenzhen’s demonstration zone open to public
  29. Heading towards completion!
  30. Felixx works online!
  31. Tree planting event in Rijnvliet Zuid!
  32. Jonas has won two BREEAM Awards 2020!
  33. Rapid progress of the construction of our East Dike project in Shenzhen!
  34. Selected for the strategic development plan of Bodø!
  35. Construction works of Shenzhen's East Dike is progressing successfully!
  36. Construction Jonas has started!
  37. News from the nursery
  38. KCAP + Felixx win competition to ‘typhoon-proof’ Shenzhen’s East coast
  39. Felixx presents Isle of Dikes
  40. Construction has started at Tuinen van West, Amsterdam
  41. Spatenstich in Alpen!
  42. Brainport Smart District launched!
  43. Team De Unie+Felixx designs the Eemsdelta Campus
  44. Definitive Design for Jonas Approved
  45. Felixx contributing to Dutch pavilion for Dubai Expo 2020
  46. Felixx part of the UNStudio team envisaging The City of the Future
  47. 'Dutch architects plant trees into huge 3D printed sample tubes'
  48. Start test phase 3D printed tree pots for Food Innovation Strip
  49. Felixx part of the team to develop Floating Gardens
  50. Selected for the Brainport Smart District
  51. Construction in Alpen will start soon
  52. Closure New Town Lab
  53. Transformation Silk Factory
  54. New Town Lab
  55. Presentation Results Darmstadt 2030+
  56. First Mock-Up 3D Pot
  57. Start 3D printing
  58. Green Icons
  59. Development Strategy Schiekwartier
  60. Food Innovation Strip
  61. Darmstadt 2030+
  62. Felixx presented 1/1 scale models of the special designed furniture
  63. Felixx and MLA+ selected for regeneration Buji River
  64. Open oproep 003401
  65. Het Eiland van Dordrecht
  66. FELIXX + CITYFÖRSTER selected for the competition for Dietenbach
  67. Felixx en Afrique!
  68. Featured in Garten+Landschaft
  69. Public space design guidelines for Food Innovation Strip in Ede-Wageningen approved
  70. Construction in progress
  71. Reinventing Dharavi published
  72. S4 Highway
  73. Book publication ‘BNA Licht Verdicht’
  74. New cultural center in Tiel is nearing completion
  75. Selected for the Open Call: Urban Planning for extremes!
  76. Selected for 2nd round in ‘Who Cares’ competition
  77. COA Reception Centre for Asylum Seekers in Ter Apel officially opened
  78. Felixx in Wuhan
  79. Russian Open at Pakhuis de Zwijger
  80. Open Oproep 0032-07
  81. Realisation of bird island in Rijnvliet
  82. de Architekten Cie. + FELIXX have won the competition for the spatial development strategy
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