In 2014 VIDA Art and Artificial Life International Awards Pioneer Prize was awarded to Natalie Jeremijenko “for her consistently brilliant portfolio of work over the past two decades.” Awarded the 2013 Most Innovative People, named of the most influential women in technology 2011, one of the inaugural top young innovators by MIT Technology Review and 40 most influential designers Jeremijenko directs the Environmental Health Clinic, and is an Associate Professor in the Visual Art Department, NYU and affiliated with the Computer Science Dept and Environmental Studies program. Previously she was on the Visual Arts faculty at UCSD, Faculty of Engineering at Yale University, a visiting professor at Royal College of Art in London, a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Public Understanding of Science at Michigan State University, and a Visiting Global Distinguished Professor at the NYU College of Arts and Sciences. Her degrees are in biochemistry, engineering, neuroscience and History and Philosophy of Science.
Peter Swyngedauw is a landscape architect and spatial planner and has been project manager at OMGEVING since 2003. His career is marked by a constant drive for innovation and improvement. In addition to a pure design attitude, Peter is also highly interested in organizing planning processes for complex assignments. He shares his fascination for the profession by being present on many juries and by acting as a guest lecturer in many courses concerning public space.
Bas Smets has a background in landscape architecture, civil engineering and architecture. He founded his office in Brussels in 2007 and has since constructed projects in more than 12 countries with his team of 17 architects and landscape architects.
Starting from a precise reading of the existing land, his projects reveal a landscape, visible but yet unseen. These projects vary in scale from territorial visions to infrastructural landscapes, from large parks to private gardens, from city centres to film sets. He often teams up with architects, artists, and scientists. His realised projects include the 10 hectare park of Thurn & Taxis in Brussels, the park of the Estonian National Museum in Tartu, the Himara Waterfront in Albania, the landscape along the new motorway between the ports of Antwerp and Zeebruges, the rooftop garden of the PMQ Design Centre in Hong Kong, the Sunken Garden in London, and the memorial for the victims of the attacks in Brussels of 22/3.
In 2008 he was awarded the biennial French prize for young landscape architects “Les Nouveaux Albums des Jeunes Architectes et des Paysagistes”. In 2013-2014 a first monographic exhibition of his projects was co-produced by the International Arts Campus deSingel in Antwerp and the Arc en Rêve centre for architecture in Bordeaux, and in 2016 he curated the exhibition “The Invention of Landscape” at the Bozar in Brussels. He was appointed General Commissioner for the Biennial of Architecture of Bordeaux in 2017.
Elke Rogge graduated as a geographer at Ghent University in 2001. After making an Ph.D. on landscape perception and participation she started working at the social sciences unit of ILVO. Since 2009 she was the coordinator of the rural development research unit at ILVO. Between 2013 and 2016 she was an associated professor at the geography department of Ghent University. In 2016 she became the scientific director of rural development unit at ILVO. Her research mainly focusses on spatial transformations and participation within spatial planning processes in rural areas.
Piet Chielens is co-director of the In Flanders’ Fields Museum in Ypres (Belgium). From 1992 to 2007 he was also artistic director of Peaceconcerts Passendale, responsible for annual international concerts about the shared heritage of the First World War. In 1998 and again in 2012, he worked on the acclaimed development and redevelopment of the In Flanders’ Fields Museum. In IFFM#2 the present day landscape of the former front zone in Flanders is an important mediator, while a lot of a_en_on has also been given to the “museum outside”. Another ambition is to aim for a constant renewal of the memory of the Great War in Flanders and to give special attention to the ways in which micro- (personal, family) and macro- (cultures, nations, the world) history can be linked. Next to numerous books in Dutch, Piet is co-author of two books in English: with Birger Stichelbaut: The Great War as Seen from the Air: In Flanders Fields 1914 – 1918 (Mercatorfonds, 2014) and, with Julian Putkowski: Unquiet Graves: Execution Sites of the First World War in Flanders (Francis Boutle, 2000).
Peter Vanden Abeele (° 1979) is an architect, urban designer and recognized spatial planner. At the end of 2017 he was appointed as the first City Government Architect of Ghent. Previously he worked as a scientific researcher in the field of regional and urban development. He was project manager for urban development projects in Antwerp and worked for four years as a city planning advisor for the City Government Architect of Antwerp. He also worked as a freelance urban designer and was co-founder of a design agency. Since 2005 he has been teaching in the field of urban design at the University of Ghent, with in between assignments for Sint-Lucas College for Architecture and the Academy for Architecture and Urban Planning Tilburg. As an expert, he works in various urban advisory bodies, worked at various exhibitions and regularly writes about architecture and urban planning.