Harro de Jong
Harro de Jong (1978) is a Dutch landscape architect and founder of Buro Harro, Arnhem. His commitment to create possibilities for both humans and nature to co-exist and develop comes back in the wide variety of his designs, covering all scales of projects. Recently, Buro Harro made a design for the Wadden Sea coastline (Friesland, the Netherlands) in which new natural areas defend the coast, resulting in an ecological, recreational and economically attractive coastal area. On a smaller scale, Harro uses (almost) extinct indigenous plant species in his garden designs to establish new populations of these species in the urban environment, and he turns vacant areas in the city (due to the crisis) into blossoming natural parks. Currently, Buro Harro works on several housing projects in which newly designed natural landscapes are combined with houses, therefore providing a home for both people and wildlife.
Important to the work of Harro is to activate people to improve their landscapes. In 2011, his book ‘Groot Apeldoorns Landschaps Kookboek’ was published, a cookbook with landscape-recipes to help all the makers of the landscape (i.e. everyone living there) to contribute to gorgeous landscapes. Harro de Jong teaches Landscape Architecture at Wageningen University, Urban Design Breda (NHTV) and several other institutes.www.buroharro.nl