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Underground Spaces Unveiled: Planning and creating the cities of the future

Han Admiraal Han, a civil engineer (University of Applied Science, Rotterdam), is co-chair of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association’s Committee on Underground Space (ITACUS) and a member of the Urban Planning Advisory Group of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), advising the special representative. As president of the Dutch-Flemish Pipeline Industry Guild, he promotes underground freight transport as a sustainable and economically efficient mode. Over the course of his career, Han has worked for the National Department of Public Works and Water Management, acting, among other positions, as the project manager for the first machine-excavated (TBM-driven) tunnel in soft soil in the Netherlands. Later, as the executive director of the Netherlands Centre for Underground Construction (COB) he implemented visionary concepts on underground construction, and was part-time professor of underground space at Zeeland University of Applied Science. Since 2008 he has been the owner and managing director of Enprodes Management Consultancy in Delft, consulting in the fields of underground space and road tunnel safety. He is passionate about urban planning and interdisciplinary dialogue between various stakeholders and professional disciplines dealing with urban and underground development. (ITACUS).

Antonia Cornaro Antonia studied at New York University, where she earned her MA in Urban Planning in 1996. She has over 20 years’ experience of working as an urban and transport planner from the public and private sector in New York City, London, Vienna and Zurich, having worked for DCP in New York, Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB now WSP) in London, the Austrian Institute of Regional Planning (ÖIR) in Vienna, and the Zurich-based multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm EBP. In her current work as the business development manager for Amberg Engineering – an internationally active Swiss firm specialising in underground infrastructure design and management – she focuses on urban underground space with the aim of increasing the mobility, liveability and resilience of urban areas (from 2010 to date). This focus is also central to her work as co-chair of ITACUS. Antonia is passionate about cities and global and sustainable development, and has presented and published extensively on this subject, often jointly with Han Admiraal.


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