About Us

About Urban Renaissance

Urban Renaissance (UR) is an alliance of 12 organizations that bring cutting edge knowledge and experience from all facets of urban transformation. The UR partners represent over 100 professionals from 6 different countries, ranging from experts in sustainability, planning, finance, natural resources, community involvement, and project management. From this alliance we form multi-disciplinary teams that head urban renewal challenges head on. We are action oriented, when engaged in a project we start immediately, combining feet on the ground with smart strategies working with stakeholders.

The Urban Renaissance approach combines bottom-up with strategic methods, applying systems thinking, crowd involvement and actionable stakeholder involvement.

The UR Foundation

Urban Renaissance is a registered non-profit foundation in the Netherlands, founded in December 2014 by its initiator, Except Integrated Sustainability. The board consists of four members from different partners, and is reformed every 2 years;

  • Tom Bosschaert, director of Except Integrated Sustainability
  • Bart Verhagen, director of Ro-ok Rotterdam development cooperative
  • Harmen van de Wal, director of Krill Office for resilient cities and architecture
  • Han Dijk, director of Posad spatial strategies


The UR steering group

Partners pictures