Marinke Steenhuis, PhD (1971) grew up in the province of Drenthe and studied in Amsterdam. In 2007, she took her doctoral degree with Prof. Auke van der Woud on the work of P. Verhagen, MSc (1882-1950), a pioneer in the field of urban development and landscape. She has always combined the academic side of her work, which resulted in many publications on landscape architecture and urbanism, with research and advisory work for municipal authorities and market participants, in cooperation with her partner Paul Meurs.
Regarding spatial development, concepts such as context, identity and mentality are back on the agenda after sixty years of makeability and model thinking. How to create location environments that are socially, culturally and economically sustainable? Marinke is an expert in the field of area identity: vision development, assessment and guidelines, knowledge and publications, and the practice of adaptive re-use. She is a member of the Quality team for the Afsluitdijk (Enclosure Dam in the former Zuiderzee), chairman of the Quality Team World Heritage Beemster, and she is a member of the national Adaptive Re-use Team.
However difficult it may be these days to get building projects off the ground, opportunities and possibilities for innovation will arise once the identity of the location is placed much more prominently in the assignment. Marinke’s strength lies in research and concept development in respect of the mentality (‘genre de vie’) and spatial identity of areas. By examining the different life cycles of a location by historical research, and applying her associative and scientific qualities, Marinke creates narratives which help getting stagnant processes moving again, in the realisation that the concurrence of identity and image of a location will result in a strong brand. In consultation with the various stakeholders she links the assignment to the individual qualities and themes of a location. The results are subsequently connected to the prevailing social trends in the particular area and in the local community. Mobilising local brainpower, for example by recruiting retired thinkers and doers, identifying communities and basing processes on existing local themes, will ensure that projects are effective and widely supported. Not being rooted in the world of traditional real estate, SteenhuisMeurs operates in totally different networks. Marinke offers guidance and advice with regard to a number of adaptive re-use assignments, searching for new programmes with the accumulated profit model as the starting point.
Examples of pairing historical research with design themes for transformation:
Deltaworks (research and design themes of our national post-war waterdefense line in the province of Zeeland, commissioned by the State Service for Cultural Heritage) 2014
Sanatorium Zonnestraal (beyond the cliché research on this icon of the Modern Movement by architects Duiker en Bijvoet, commissioned by the State Service for Cultural Heritage) 2014
World Heritage Nomination of the Colonies of Benevolence, 2012-2014 (commisioned by the provincie of Drenthe and Flanders, Belgium)
Examples of pairing historical research with strategic advice on redevelopment or identity building:
New narrative for merger/amalgamation of the municipalities Alkmaar, Schermer, Graft-de Rijp, 2014 (commisioned by the municipality of Alkmaar)
Burgerweeshuis Amsterdam (built by architect Aldo van Eyck, 1959, commissioned by Ad Hereijgers/H-invest, 2012)
New narrative for merger/amalgamation of the municipalities Naarden, Bussum, Muiden, Weesp (with Maarten Konigs, commissioned by the Municipal Executive, 2012)
Essay and strategic advice on area development Groningen-Assen (commissioned by the province of Drenthe, 2012)
Roles and functions
Master tutor Wageningen University, landscape architecture. Cultural history and reflection on design practice, since september 2013 (together with design professor Adriaan Geuze)
Member of the 'Kwaliteitsteam Afsluitdijk' (Quality team for the Enclosure Dam: a major causeway over a length of 20 miles, damming off the Zuiderzee - a salt water inlet of the North Sea - and turning it into the fresh water lake of the IJsselmeer). Since June 2013.
Member of jury Gouden Piramide, state award for excellent patronage, 2014.
Chairman of the Rotterdam Committee for Building Aesthetics and Heritage, February 2009-October 2014.
Chairman of Quality Team World Heritage Beemster polder, since 2007.
Member of the Adviesraad Ruimtelijke Ordening van de Provincie Noord-Holland – ARO (Advisory Council Town and Country Planning of the Province of Noord-Holland). ARO advises the Provincial Executive on spatial quality in respect of procedures leading to new developments in rural areas, once purpose and necessity have been shown and a solution within existing built-up areas has proved to be impossible, since September 2010.
Member of the H-Team, which stimulates adaptive re-use issues and puts them on the agenda on a national scale, under the auspices of the Netherlands Advisor for Cultural Heritage, since June 2010
Member of the jury Archiprix 2010
Member of the Scientific Committee of the publication: Nancy Meijsmans (Ed.), Designing for a region. An outlook for new approaches in regional planning, SUN (2010)
Board member of the Stichting Welstandszorg Noord-Holland (Foundation Building Aesthetics Noord-Holland), 2006-2009
Editor of ‘Blauwe Kamer’, magazine for urban development and landscape architecture, 2004-2009
Member of Adviescommissie Architectuur en Stedenbouw (Advisory Committee Architecture and Urban Development) of the city of Breda, 2003 – 2009
Chairman of the Monuments Advisory Committee of Stichting Welstandszorg Noord-Holland (Foundation Building Aesthetics Noord-Holland), 2003-2006.
Member of the Expert Team Beeldkwaliteitsplannen (Image Quality Plans) of the province of Noord-Holland, 2004-2005.
In 2014, SteenhuisMeurs investigated the Dutch water defense system Deltaworks (Deltawerken), a masterpiece of Dutch physical and social engineering. The research was considered valuable because of the cross-over approach between cultural history and design analysis, and Marinke was asked to publish it in the Icomos-publication; Water & Heritage, Material, conceptual and spiritual connection.
The book has attracted much attention and received a lot of appreciation from including the participants at the World Water Forum in Daegu, Korea, the Directorate General of UNESCO, the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage and also our Dutch Minister of Water.
51° 55’11.6”N 4° 29’19.0 E, Essay in the publication Prix de Rome architecture 2014, reflecting on the assignment: Hoogstraat in Rotterdam, NAi010 Publishers, Rotterdam (2014) Essay PRIX DE ROME
De (toekomstige) cultuur van de Nederlandse kust: durf te differentiëren (The (future) culture of the Dutch coast; dare to differentiate), essay commissioned by Atelier Kustkwaliteit (Studio Coastal Quality), 2012
Marinke Steenhuis and Paul Meurs (ed.), Herbestemming in Nederland. Nieuw gebruik van stad en land (Adaptive Re-use in the Netherlands. New uses of city and country), NAi Publishers, Rotterdam 2011
Keuning 2.0. Kroniek van de Koningsas (Chronicle of the Royal Axis), essay on the characteristics and local themes of northern Drenthe and the 1938 regional plan made by the Groningen geographer Prof. H.J. Keuning, commissioned by the Region Groningen-Assen (2011)
Amsterdam Slotervaart en de Staalmanpleinbuurt. Een integraal ontwerp met een sectorale uitvoering ( Amsterdam Slotervaart and the Staalmanplein area. An integral design with sectoral implementation) (2011), commissioned by the EFL Stichting en Bureau Monumenten Amsterdam (EFL Foundation and Amsterdam Monuments Office)
'Urban landscape design in the Interbellum. P. Verhagen (1882-1950), the forgotten modernity of a design approach' in: Ferrario V., Sampieri A., Viganò P. (Eds.), Landscapes of Urbanism. Venice, Rome:. Q5 Quaderni del dottorato di ricerca in Urbanistica, pp 182-191 (2011)
Marinke Steenhuis (ed.), Bureau B+B stedenbouw en landschapsarchitectuur 1977-2010, Een collectief talent (Bureau B+B urban development and landscape architecture 1977-2010, A collective talent), NAi Publishers, Rotterdam. Dutch/English, 2010
Marinke Steenhuis and Fransje Hooimeijer (ed.), Maakbaar Landschap, Nederlandse landschapsarchitectuur 1945-1970 (Makeable Landscape, Dutch landscape architecture 1945-1970), NAi Publishers 2009
Marinke Steenhuis, Deining in Delft, Contouren van het architectuur- en stedenbouwonderwijs 1900-1970 (Turmoil in Delft, Contours of architectural and urban development education 1900-1970) Delft/Schiedam 2009. Report commissioned by the faculty of Architecture and Prof. Henco Bekkering, head of the Urbanism department, Technical University Delft
Marinke Steenhuis, `De openbare ruimte van de Robijnhof. Nieuwe collectiviteit in Utrechtse wooneenheid` (The public space of Robijnhof. New collectivity in Utrecht residential unit), in: Catja Edens (ed.), Rietvelds Robijnhof. De geschiedenis van een moderne Utrechtse buurt (Rietveld’s Robijnhof. The history of a modern Utrecht neighbourhood), THOTH (2008), p. 58-65
Marinke Steenhuis, Pieter Buys tuin- en landschapsarchitect. Maken en laten(Pieter Buys garden and landscape architect. Making and leaving alone), NAi Publishers 2008
Marinke Steenhuis, Stedenbouw in het landschap. Pieter Verhagen (1882-1950) Urban development in the landscape. Pieter Verhagen (1882-1950), commercial edition of dissertation at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (Prof. Auke van der Woud), NAi publishers 2007
Series of portraits of urban designers and landscape architects in Blauwe Kamer magazine, 2006-2011. Urban designers: Ashok Bhalotra, Teun Koolhaas, Sjoerd Soeters, Jaap van den Bout. Landscape architects: Lodewijk Baljon, Ank Bleeker, Michael van Gessel, Peter Lubbers en Adriaan Geuze.