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“If you plan cities for cars and traffic, you get cars and traffic. If you plan for people and places, you get people and places.� - Fred Kent, Project for Public Spaces

Contents About me Projects LudwigshĂśhe Oerol Festival Mannheim Quarry ‘t Rooth Crossing Purifier Hills of Wellness Side projects BUITEX Romania Symposium Community Gardens Endlhausen

Mike Tomassen Born on 05-09-1991 In Beek (Bergh) Lijsterbesstraat 137 2563KS Den Haag Netherlands +31 (0)642878106



Side activities

Other qualifications

2013 - 2016

Master Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences Major Landscape Architecture Delft University of Technology Master Thesis: Confluent Spaces for the Public: A new connection with the waterfront for Mannheim


Minor (Landscape) Architecture Technical University of Munich Project: Ludwigshöhe

2010 - 2013

Bachelor Landscape Architecture and Planning Wageningen University Bachelor Thesis: Hills of Wellness

Since 2015

Employee Development & Marketing Het Mauritshuis, Den Haag

2005 - 2013

Several Jobs Coop Compact, Altop, Vakgarage Lambooij, Partycentrum de Dèèl

Since 2016

Volunteer Work Nursing Home Verpleeghuis De Schildershoek, Den Haag


Oerol Festival Technische Universiteit Delft


Symposium Community Gardens Technische Universität München


BUITEX Romania Wageningen University


Adobe Photoshop Adobe inDesign Adobe Illustrator Google SketchUp AutoCad Vectorworks


Dutch English German Finnish Currently learning

Major Landscape Architecture

LUDWIGSHÖHE Technische Universität München Group work (Architects + Landscape Architects) In the northern part of Munich lies the settlement Ludwigsfeld. Because of the need for new housing and urban development in and around the city, Ludwigsfeld was one of the most strategic places to do so. The A99, the Dachauer Straße with the nature area Allacher Lohe, the marshalling yard and the settlement of Fasanerie border the area. The concept concerns the interlinkage of existing agriculture, recreation and dense urban development. The title, Ludwigshöhe, is referring to the Daucher Straße that is elevated to connect the different areas even better. The heterogeneity of the current, new building development and agricultural functions generate a big variety in experiences. The sizes and shapes of the urban area respond to the parcellation that characterized Ludwigsfeld. The different typologies shape a living area for all social classes and emphasize the neighborly community feeling. In my role I focussed mostly on the connection between the current and the future, and the interlinkage of them.

By elevating the Dachauer StraĂ&#x;e, a connection is formed between the natural and urban areas

Scale model of the masterplan

THE NEW BEATING HEART OF LUDWIGSHÖHE Right in the center, three big blocks will form the new beating heart of Ludwigshöhe. This new center is located right where the old cultivation patterns come together and form this ‘triangle’. The spatial co-operation between the three big blocks, the water square, the different species of trees, and the agricultural field make this the most eye-catching place of the neighborhood. The interlinkage between the old and the new is perfectly visible here.

The new library and water square seen from the fields

A more detailed look at the new center

Scale model of the center

A NEIGHBORHOOD FOR THE PEOPLE As said before, some of the current agricultural fields of Ludwigsfeld play a big role in the new neighborhood of the future Ludwigshรถhe as well. Along the biggest field, stretching all the way to the center, new community gardens for the inhabitants can be found. Here, kids and parents can grow their own food and ask the farmer taking care of the big field for help. This sense of community feeling is of vital importance for a growing livability in the new neighborhood.

A more detailed look at the meeting point of old an new

Scale model of the center

OEROL FESTIVAL Technische Universiteit Delft Group work (Architects + Landscape Architects + Urbanists) Every year the art festival Oerol takes place at the Dutch island of Terschelling. The ‘Instute of Time Taking’ is a land art project that refers to the practice of landscape architecture and is the result of the work of 15 students, ranging from architecture to landscape architecture. The project consists of a route through the dunes and different scenic points. The route enhances the scientific approach of the landscape and landscape architecture. The scenic points, the ‘time taking moments’, focus upon the sensorial experience of the landscape. One of the main goals of the project is to give awareness to the visitors of the landscape. During the walk the visitors learn about the forces of nature that formed the island and the current flora and fauna. After walking the route, the visitor experiences the landscape in a different way. Five chairs were set up in different environments where the visitor would experience the landscape on their own. Upon return, visitors had the chance to write their experience on a postcard and send it to somebody or to share it with others.

Conceptual drawing of the project

User guide for the tools

QUARRY ‘T ROOTH Technische Universiteit Delft Individual work In the southern part of Limburg lies Quarry ’t Rooth. This enormous marl quarry forms a special place in the hill landscape of South-Limburg. A long history of all sorts of mining techniques formed diverse spaces; hills with trees, grasslands, and big wide open spaces. But the mining process is coming to an end soon and what will stay is this alienated place in the characteristic landscape. One of the mayor issues with the quarry is the connection with the surroundings. The quarry now only has one entrance while it’s in use, but to attract more visitors and to become a part of the entire landscape, connections are necessary. There are two places in the plan where the quarry will connect to the ‘outside world’. First, a bridge, located on the old historical road, will provide a great overview of the whole quarry. Second, a big sheeps meadow will connect the open quarry with it’s surroundings. Water is the connecting element between the old picturesque part and the new modern part. The big open lake will provide a great place for ice skating in winter and swimming in summer.

A NEW QUARRY Different mining techniques have left different scars to the landscape. Over the years, nature got the chance to take over the older part of the quarry. The modern techniques will lead to a different kind of landscape though, even when nature would take over. The immense walls make an impressive place and form the climax of the picturesque start of the quarry. Making use of the modern techniques, it is possible to form a landscape that is special in every way. By digging two meters deeper, the groundwater will come up and create a huge lake, making the place even more impressive. The routing will take the visitor inside and through the quarry walls, over the sheep’s meadow, into the echo cave and over the water.

The new entrance will provide a great first view over the quarry and take the visitor down to the lake

Section of Sheep’s Meadow

SHEEP’S MEADOW The sheep’s meadow forms an important connection to the landscape surrounding the quarry. The landscape of South Limburg is characterized by the rolling grass hills with grazing sheep. By pulling this landscape in, first of all a new entrance is made, but also puts the quarry into its context. The sheep’s meadow also forms a big contrast with the high steep hard walls of the rest of the quarry, and are almost like a soft counterpart of them.

Section of the echo cave

The echo cave

The routing will take people along old hidden mining relicts, showing the different mining techniques

The observation deck is situated where the old road used to be, and gives an amazing sight at the quarry

CROSSING PURIFIER Technische Universiteit Delft Pair work (Together with an urban planner) North of Rotterdam lies the village of Bergschenhoek. The area consists of a big diversity of landscape types. Roughly, one could say that our small project area consists of four different types. First of all, there is the village of Bergschenhoek itself. Second, there is the old and typical polder landscape. This part is mainly characterized by the ditches and fields. The third landscape type is formed by the glasshouse area. These glasshouses are built upon the old fields and are used to grow a variety of vegetables, for the Dutch and international market. The last landscape type is the park. Within this park there are forests, fields of grass, a golf court, and the most recognizable of all, the big artificial hills. Our plan focusses on two aspects. The first aspect is to create a new sustainable and clean water system for the greenhouses. Second, a new routing and water system function as a connecting element throughout the landscape. My role in this project was the analysis, landscape design and the visual images.

Situation in 1995

Situation in 2000

Situation in 2014

GROWING GLASSHOUSE ECONOMY Looking at the regional scale of the area, an important trend can be found. Where in 1995 there were only a few greenhouses in this area, nowadays the greenhouses mostly dominate the landscape. So, what will mean this for the future of this area? The greenhouses put an enormous pressure, not only on the sewage system, but also on the landscape itself, disconnecting the people from the original landscape. Next to this, the polders filled with greenhouses also disconnect the villages from the once so important Rotte river. For the villagers, the Rotte is so close, but so far away.

Situation in 2030?

View from Bergschenhoek towards the Rotte river

THE CROSSING PURIFIER Not only do the greenhouses put an enormous pressure on the sewage system, they also form a very unsustainable process. To make this process more sustainable, a big water filter is proposed. This water filter consists of a big variety of purifying plants, and give the local ecology a chance to flourish. The ‘Crossing Purifier’ crosses the complete area, using a four centuries old spatial line in the landscape. This line reconnects the village to the Rotte. At the end of this filter, a big waterfall ends in the new recreational area in-between the hills. From here, the water can be reused for the greenhouses, making this a more sustainable process.

Walking towards the Rotte along the filter




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Glasshouses Top view of the filter

The new sustainable process

View towards the end of the filter

Top view of the waterfall

The waterfall ends in the new recreational area

AN EDUCATIONAL LANDSCAPE A big part of the plan also focusses on making the processes in the landscape visible again. The old mills have disappeared, or are hard to reach. These windmills were once used to pump up the water into the Rotte, turning the swamp into a usable polder. Unfortunately, over the years the water system became more and more invisible. By using routes, showing the old locations of the windmills, and placing new visible waterworks into the landscape, it becomes an educational place for understanding the processes of this unique landscape.

The old and the new waterworks are shown along the route

Big red poles symbolize the old locations of the windmills

Emerging routes through the reeds

CONFLUENT SPACES MANNHEIM Technische Universiteit Delft Individual work During my master thesis, I got the chance to develop my own vision as a landscape architect. I chose the German city of Mannheim as the location for my project. Mannheim can be described as a so-called ‘car friendly city’. After it was destroyed for about 70% during WW2, Mannheim was rebuilt with the ideas of car friendly modernism. But in today’s world this optimism for the modernist city has disappeared and has led to a lot of problems. Cars are dominating the streets, there is a lack of human scale, and there are public spaces of poor quality. My interest lay in creating a new sustainable future for the city, and the position of the landscape architect within creating this renewed optimism. Making use of the already existing spaces, the project proposes a new greenway network around the city, tied to the center itself with strong connections. The Bundesgartenschau of 2023 will work as a catalyst for the project and this renewed optimism. New bikeways form the core of the project and help to guide the people to work, through the city, and through the landscape.

GREENWAYS AS A SOLUTION FOR MANNHEIM Research formed a big part of the thesis. As a summary of a part of this research, a paper is written. ‘Greenways as a solution to the postwar car friendly city – A case study for Mannheim’ tries to find an answer to the question in what way greenways could be a possible solution to the current problems found in postwar cities, and especially Mannheim. This way, it formed the base of the project. This paper was selected for the visitation of the curriculum of Landscape Architecture at the TU Delft in 2018.

Current situation

The ambition of Mannheim

A CITY WITH AMBITION A comedy sketch reveals the character of Mannheim in the opinion of other Germans. A tour guide drives her bus full of tourists to Mannheim for a city trip. Upon entering Mannheim she says “For your own safety, you can now close your curtains and go for a little nap, since Mannheim is very, very ugly.� The city is full of ambition though, wanting to change its character by reducing the car traffic, and increasing bicycle traffic. This can be seen in the diagrams. My plan was even more ambitious, making the bicycle and pedestrian traffic even more important than the car.

Ambition of the project

BUGA23 - MANNHEIM VERBINDET Every two years the so-called ‘Bundesgartenschau’, in short BUGA, takes place in one of the German cities. The project is focused not only on exhibiting the beautiful new parks, but also on making a big change in the city structure. The theme of the BUGA23 is Mannheim Verbindet, meaning Mannheim Connects. Where the project focuses on connecting areas outside of the city, my plans envisions connecting the complete city to its surrounding area. This is done with new bicycle networks in and outside the city and by boat connections. The BUGA will function as a catalyst for a transformation of the complete city.

A TRANSFORMATION OF THE CITY Currently, Mannheim is barely making use of its unique location between three rivers. Throughout history, the confluence of the Neckar and Rhine formed the basis of many developments. Nowadays, the spaces around the rivers are neglected or of poor quality for the public. By making use of the principals found in literature and case studies, new ‘greenways’ and bicycle infrastructure can connect the new and existing public spaces bordering the city. By connecting the city to its new green and blue edge, a smart and sustainable network arises. Not only can this network be used for recreation and work traffic, but also for discovering the fascinating history and landscape of the city.

THE BAROQUE PALACE GARDENS Once, the baroque palace formed the icing on the cake of the ‘Barocke Planstadt’ that Mannheim used to be. Nowadays, the palace has lost the glory of its gardens to the infrastructure, and it has been detached from what is left. In the drawing the beautiful gardens of the past fit perfectly within the structure of the walls. When entering the same area nowadays, one can be found in a chaotic hodgepodge of infrastructure, a beautiful chaos though. By recreating the old patterns of the baroque gardens and by upgrading the present bike lanes, the palace becomes one again with its garden and will accept the new patterns found in the modern infrastructure.

FROM BAROQUE PALACE GARDEN TO LANDSCAPE GARDEN Just like other parks and gardens around Europe, the garden of the palace of Mannheim also changes from a baroque garden into a landscape garden. In Mannheim, this is also due to the fact that the walls protecting the city are being removed. This means for the palace that it can now breathe towards the Rhine, and the new paths meander their way through the garden, connecting the palace with the river. Unfortunately, a lot of the old views along the paths, which form a big part of the character of the landscape garden, have disappeared. By cutting away trees and creating new functional bikeways, these old views are restored and connect the palace to its landscape garden again.

Interesting fact: Around 1820, Karl Drais can be found in various drawings of the palace gardens with his ‘Draisine’, as seen in the drawing above. The draisine was the predecessor of the current bicycle.

The new BUGA Bikes will be all over the city during the BUGA

BUGA Baggage Bikes bring the luggage of the visitors to their hotels from the train station

A NEW RHEINPROMENADE At this moment, the Rheinpromenade is not much more than an old asphalt path of three meters wide. In the plan to transform Mannheim into a bike-loving city, the Rheinpromenade plays a prominent role. The new promenade runs all the way on the south side of the city center and connects the Rheininsel with the harbor area. With places to sit all along the promenade, it does not only become a mere connection to get from point A to point B by bike, it also becomes a place of seeing and being seen. A place to come to and hang out.

HILLS OF WELLNESS Wageningen University Individual work The new focus of the province of Limburg will be on wellness tourism in the area of South Limburg. Currently, the biggest wellness facility of the area is the Thermae 2000 in Valkenburg. The goal of the province is to build another big spa like this in the area. But a quick analysis of the Thermae 2000 shows that these big spas are lacking a connection between them and the surrounding landscape. The links between landscape and health are increasingly recognized as important in research and at the policy level. The European Landscape Convention aims to promote landscape protection, management and planning, and to considere landscape as ‘‘a key element of individual and social wellbeing.’’ This project is focussed on bringing together the beautiful landscape of South Limburg and wellness by providing routes and accomodations throughout the landscape, while also improving the landscape itself.

Left: On characteristic places in the landscape new wellness points are created, in this case a sauna

New paths are made through the landscape, accessible for everybody

SYMPOSIUM COMMUNITY GARDENING Technical University of Munich Group work (Architects + Landscape Architects) The influence of the public in public spaces is getting more and more important and being recognized by designers. A form of this participation is the community garden. Sometimes these community gardens are planned, others are started in grassroots movements. Either way they can form an important link between designers and the public. The community garden symposium at the TUM was a part of our course about the ‘Kleingärten’. Different planners, designers and owners of community gardens came together, enjoyed presentations and took part in discussion groups organized by the students. For me this course and symposium formed the chance to take a step back of the typical Dutch ‘volkstuintje’ and see the function of the community garden as a place for meeting, eating and way more. My role during this course and the symposium was the preparation of the event, providing interesting study cases and being the discussion leader during the meetings between different disciplines as seen in the picture.

BUITEX ROMANIA Wageningen University Group project As an active member of ‘Genius Loci’, the study organization of the department of Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning, I was involved organizing a study trip to Romania. During our time in Romania we crossed the entire country, from Bucharest to Brasov and from Sighisoara to Cluj. I was responsible for the trips in Bucharest and the booklets. Also I worked on plans to get funds for the trips from different architectural foundations.

ENDLHAUSEN Technische Universität Mßnchen Group + Individual work (Architects + Landscape Architects) As part of an architecture course focussed on historic buildings, a weekend trip to Endlhausen was organized. During this weekend we had the chance to learn about measuring old monuments, the future of these buildings, and the different ways to reconstruct the buildings.


Landscape Architecture Portfolio  

Landscape Architecture Portfolio by Mike Tomassen

Landscape Architecture Portfolio  

Landscape Architecture Portfolio by Mike Tomassen