Select Page

 The Utrecht Spring Conference has been canceled due to insufficient registrations.

For questions you can email us at


De Utrecht Spring Conference is afgelast, vanwege onvoldoende inschrijvingen.
Voor vragen kunt u ons mailen op


Version 5 March 2018

Wednesday 23 May 2018
Venue: Stadskantoor (City Office)

14.00 – 17.00
Welcome, registration and brief introduction to tour (optional)

Walk around Utrecht Station District and Lombok: Neighbourhood development as off-spring of main developments

Tour end
17.00 – 18.30
Informal reception, hosted by the Mayor of Utrecht, old City Hall
19.15 – 20.30
Guided evening walk to historic city centre
Tour ends, dinner at own costs

Thursday 24 May 2018
Venue: TivoliVredenurg

08.00 – 09.15
Registration and coffee
09.15 – 09.25
Opening Mayor of Utrecht, Jan van Zanen
09.25 – 09.30
Setting the scene: conference chair, Charles Landry
09.30 – 10.00
Managing immense complexity:  Kings Cross/St Pancras London, by Chris Smith, director KingsX – St Pancras, Argent

Peer: Prof. Sadie Morgan, founding director dRMM Architects (on Connectivity: Creating Space to build Place)

10.00 – 10.30
Modernizing the modern Part-Dieu, Lyon by Francois Decoster, Architect-Urbaniste pour SPL Part-Dieu

Peer: Esther Agricola (on Governance: Collaboration & an Inventive Bureaucracy)

10.30 – 11.00
Connecting People – Utrecht Station District, by Albert Hutschemaekers

Peer: Maarten Hajer (on Life Styles: The Work Life balance)

11.00 – 11.30
11.30 – 11.45
Keynote by Stientje van Veldhoven, State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management
11.45 – 12.00
Keynote by Roger van Boxtel, CEO NS
12.00 – 12.15
Keynote by Pier Eringa, CEO ProRail
12.15 – 13.00
Managing Change: linking now and the future, debate chaired by Charles Landry, with London, Lyon, Utrecht, Van Zanen, Eringa, Van Boxtel, Van Veldhoven
13.00 – 14.00
14.00 – 18.00
‘Utrecht inspires’: What can we learn from Utrecht Change makers? Breakouts (excursions and workshops)
19.30 – 20.00
Transport by train to Spoorwegmuseum
20.00 – 22.30
Dinner at Spoorwegmuseum

Friday 25 May 2018
Venue: TivoliVredenburg

08.00 – 09.00
Registration and Coffee
09.00 – 09.15
Insights, Realities & Foresights
Introduction to workshops and break-out sessions
Henk Bouwman, Secretary General of Metrex, the Network of European Metropolitan Regions and Areas.

The parallel sessions offer in-depth discussions on (sub-)themes with exemplar cases to exchange on different approaches, their processes and the insights today.
Participating cities: Amsterdam, Bordeaux, Hamburg, Helsinki, Liège, Lille, London, Lyon, Oslo, Stuttgart,  Utrecht and Rotterdam. 

The sessions are chaired by experts from the METREX, The Academy of Urbanism and from the City Department for Urban Planning.

09.15 – 10.45
Solving challenges together: Examples from several European cities: Parallel sessions 1: workshops, speed dates, sharing knowledge, experiences and practices
10.45 – 11.15
11.15 – 12.45
Solving challenges together: Examples from several European cities: Parallel sessions 2: workshops, speed dates, sharing knowledge, experiences and practices
12.45 – 14.00
Freeflow program
Lunch in the freeflow market 
14.00 – 14.30
Managing Urban Change – A Look into the Future: Prof. John Worthington
14.30 – 15.00
Managing Urban Change: its Delights & Dilemmas, a keynote by Charles Landry
15.00 – 15.30
What do you take home? Ask the key question to the panel.
15.30 – 17.00
Close by alderman of Utrecht