René van der Velde

René van der Velde

Rene van der Velde (1966) is Associate Professor Landscape Architecture and Urban Forestry at Delft University of Technology. His work is focussed on the role of urban forestry and green infrastructure in helping to realize sustainable neighborhoods, cities and urban regions. He is initiator of the Urban Climate Arboreta project, on the relationship between tree architecture(s) and heat stress mitigation, the Atlas of Tree City Holland project, which maps the cultural-historical, socio-spatial and physical-ecological dimensions of the urban forest in lowland cities, and with European partners on the Biocity of the Future project, where the concept of Forest Urbanism plays a central role. He is currently also project leader of the i-Tree 2.0-NL project which aims to better quantify cooling performances and growth curves of street trees in CfB climate-zone cities. He teaches on these topics at a bachelor, master and PhD level and advises government, industry and societal partners on and around urban forestry and green infrastructure.