EventsSecond Nature

Second Nature

Adriaan Geuze

West 8, Rotterdam

Event from
14 January
Photo from Adriaan Geuze



For the visionary Adriaan Geuze, constructed landscape is ‘second nature.’ A ‘built’ nature that responds to pragmatic demands such as water management, population growth or sustainability, while at the same time re­inforcing the culture to which it belongs. His planning and design ac­tivities follow, firstly, a classic civil engineering logic based on utility and necessity and, secondly, a landscape tradition that confers identity and understands the need for creating symbols. With this approach, his firm has established an excellent reputation at international level. It acknow­ledges that Geuze’s team creates a link between contemporary culture, urban identity, architecture, public space and engineering, while always taking the general context into account. By embracing this overall planning approach, West 8 masters the art of not only creating new land, but also painting it. In many ways, this is the soul of Dutch culture.

Adriaan Geuze

Adriaan Geuze, Prof., Ir., Registered Landscape Architect (RLA), member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA), co-founded West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture b.v. With this leading international urban design practice, he has won a number of high profile international design competitions. Over his extensive career Geuze has received numerous awards including the Prix de Rome in 1990, the Rosa Barba First European Landscape prize in 2002, the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture™ in 2014 and the Veronica Rudge Green Prize for Urban Design from Harvard Design School in 2002 and 2015

Project from Adriaan Geuze -Madrid RIO Platform
Madrid Rio Platform del Rey
Project from Adriaan Geuze -GEUZE Rotterdam Central Station
GEUZE New York ; Photo: Iwan Baan
GEUZE Rotterdam Central Station