joost van den hoek masterplanner // urban designer



Joost van den Hoek (1972) is a professional urban planner and researcher with extensive planning experience in Europe and Asia. Joost gained his professional stature in senior, associate and director positions at renown design firms and is currently director of urban planning and design at, a Sino-Dutch design firm based in Shanghai. .

Joost is specialized in design strategies for metropolitan mixed-use environments of the 21st century as exemplified in recent works like, Guangzhou Tianhe internet town, Wuhu shipyard redevelopment and the Shanghai Xin Hua Pudong Riverfront redevelopment.

Before moving to Shanghai Joost was involved in many Dutch keynote projects such as the Amsterdam Zuidas, the Arena Boulevard, Hart van Zuid Hengelo, Business District Almere, and a large number of suburban developments. In the period 2000-2007 he was principal designer of disaster district Roombeek Enschede, which became a Dutch icon for organic urban growth and won the European planning award in 2008.

Joost van den Hoek speaks and writes regularly for websites, magazines, books and conferences. His PhD research at the TU Delft focuses on the development of a mixed use index MXI that defines urban mix like the FSI defines urban density. His most recent book (May 2017) is published by China Forrestry publishing house under the name "Dutch towns as seen through planners eyes" 

Joost holds masters degrees with distinction in Urbanism and Architecture from Delft University (1998)



Selected works and events



July 2018

My home in Amsterdam at 100 meters Altitude

July 2018

My home in Shanghai at 200 meters Altitude

April 2018

The legendary VPRO TEGENLICHT TP program came to Shanghai to interview me on my balcony regarding matters of Metropolitan sustainability.

February 2018

For those of you who read Dutch I recommend my numerous blogs on the website of the most important journal for the Dutch architectural design industry.


December 2017
Keynote Speech unesco creative cities network Shanghai



May 2017
Book Publication: "Dutch towns as seen through planners eyes"




April  2017
Feature length article on chinese urbanisation trends


004_GO magazine#4_china.pdf


April  2017
Recap of a nice bookpublication on the definition mixed use index MXI from 2009

MXI_paper_2009_vandenHoek (1).pdf

Januari  2017
XinHua pudong waterfront project is currently under construction


March 2017 
Meeting party secretary of Tainhe district Guangzhou


June 2016
First prize for Wuhu waterfront redevelopment masterplanning



Heze Shandong Furnituretown

January 2015
Silkroad Shanghai Businesspark Xian Shaanxi PRC


Januari 2015
Another nice paper on the mixed use index MXI from 2008 that has been cited very often



June 2014
Yuxi central city masterplanning

 Oktober 2014
Campus Tech Park Rushan Shandong PRC





Naar een gebiedsontwikkeling zonder projectontwikkelin



Naar een nieuw perspectief in de Nederlandse stedenbouw 



You can download Selected works of Joost van den Hoek in High Res here: