Building a sustainable future is up to our generation. It’s a huge responsibility, and it presents enormous challenges, some of them specific to spatial planning. Implementing the energy transition and the switch to sustainable mobility has powerful spatial implications. And the move to a circular economy will also necessitate new ways of organising our surroundings. How can we future-proof them, and what’s the most strategic timetable for doing so?

PosadMaxwan is committed to helping the necessary changes come about. We delve into the challenges as deeply as possible, not only from a technical and economic point of view but also with an eye to the human factor. We believe a sustainable future is an inclusive future. Only if change has broad support in the community and inspires others to follow suit will we all be able to make a difference together.

When we design a new place in the city or implement a change (functional or otherwise), we always look at the project in a holistic way. We want to make sure that solving one problem won’t cause trouble in another place or at a different scale. For us, building isn’t about bricks but about creating systems to enable a better future.

“A sustainable future is an inclusive future. Only then will we all be able to make a difference together.”

A nature-inclusive, healthy transformation

The monofunctional, inward-looking In de Bogaard shopping centre in Rijswijk is transforming into a mixed urban zone. PosadMaxwan created a development vision and master plan to turn it into an attractive place to live and work that follows principles of healthy urbanisation and nature-inclusive building.

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Water security in a changing climate

Water has always been an important subject in the Netherlands. It brings prosperity but at the same time poses a threat. PosadMaxwan spent years working in the Delta Atelier on plans for the Delta Programme, a national water management project that works at different levels of scale. There, we contributed to flood protection and climate adaptivity in the Netherlands.

A resilient urban system

On behalf of UN-Habitat, PosadMaxwan created a sustainable plan for the expansion of Yangon, Myanmar's largest city. Principles for a resilient, sustainable urban system (including water, facilities, densities, mobility, etc.) form the foundations of this strategic plan.

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From traffic-dominated space to sustainable zone

The Groene Singel visual quality plan is an ambitious, long-running initiative to turn the land around Antwerp’s ring road into usable, accessible space for local people. They will gain a destination for sport and play, community activities, healthy exercise and abundant urban nature.

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Rethinking the Flemish Metropolitan Dream


Spatial development and planning have been one-sided in Flanders, paying insufficient attention to energy, water and the food supply. We predicted the consequences years ago in a short animated film. Identifying spatial challenges and devising effective solutions at an early stage allows our agency to design for well-thought-out, sustainable cities.

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