Jago van Bergen, Director and Architect founded van Bergen Kolpa Architects with Evert Kolpa in 2000. They focus on Architecture for Food. Cities and Food are inextricably linked. Ever since their genesis they are interconnected on the levels of production, processing, logistics and of course consumption. And especially today when half of contemporary civilization is living in cities this spatial interconnection is more relevant than ever.
Architecture for Food explores the future of Food and Cities. In and around buildings, in urban courts and parks and around the city and it’s edges. Food cultivated for consumption, for recreation, for exposition or research.
How do you see food and cities interconnect? And how can food experts and spatial experts work together on the future of Food and Cities?
Van Bergen Kolpa Architects
The office has an international scope and engages with clients, stakeholders and innovators that aspire sustainable developments for the city of today and tomorrow. Van Bergen Kolpa's working methodology is the making of a balance - a natural ecology - between program (economy), landscape (space) and natural resources (social relevance). The office works in multidisciplinary teams of experts on projects such as the Food Greenport of the Netherlands, the Metropolitan Food Valley Beijing China, 33.000m2 Food Expo building in Doha Qatar and the largest (10.000m2) rooftop Food Center of Europe: Agrotopia.
Their work is exhibited and published world wide including CNN World News and the Architecture Biennale of São Paolo Brazil. In the past few years the office and its partners have received several awards and nominations, including the Prix de Rome for urban design and landscape, Charlotte Köhler Prize, World Architecture Award, the Rotterdam Architecture Prize and the Hedy d’Ancona Prize for excellent health Architecture.
Van Bergen previously worked as project Architect with Neutelings Riedijk Architects Rotterdam, the Netherlands and Anderson & Schwarz Architects in New York, USA. Van Bergen teaches and sets up research projects together with the Academies of Architecture in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the Design Academy Eindhoven, the Berlage Institute and the University of Delft and Universities worldwide.