Public Space Design | Day 2

-DRIVE 'Public Space Design' took place on October 25, 2022-

From residential towers next to shopping centers with lifeless squares, to green arteries with playgrounds through the city; the environment has an effect on our well-being. Residents of urban areas need different types of facilities, but the competition for space in the city is fierce. We have to be smart about this: how do we design public space that contributes to a good quality of life? How do we take in account all those conflicting wishes and interests?


DRIVE 2022 - Day 2 'Public Space Design'


What is the meaning of a public space for the community, and how do you design it? Four experts will share with you what they think is part of the key. Join us and listen to designers and researchers, and get inspired to use new methods. With insights from:

Pinar Sefkatli explores rhythms with the research group Designing Rhythms for Social Resilience (UvA and TU Delft,). Just like in music, patterns can help us understand what is going on in urban sociology. She will present a showcase in the Bijlmer neighbourhood in Amsterdam Zuidoost, where she unravelled the issue of trash in the outdoor spaces around two almost identical high-rise residential buildings.

Dr. Gamze Dane works as an Assistant Professor of Digital Urban Development at the Department of Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). In her transdisciplinary research, she connects her different expertise such as decision support systems in urban planning, human-environment interaction, GIS and data analysis in collaboration with citizens, SMEs, NGOs and European city authorities. Gamze will talk about her recent research in two medium-sized cities in the Netherlands, Eindhoven and 's-Hertogenbosch. Together with her colleagues, she investigated how citizens experience the city and to what extent it contributes to their momentary and long-term subjective well-being.

Can active involvement of residents lead to better design and use of public space? That was the question Laura Thomas, designer and researcher at the urban development agency PosadMaxwan, asked in her recent design research with the municipality of Dordrecht. Together with the Municipality, PosadMaxwan set out to create an inclusive design for the neighbourhood that would make healthy living accessible to all while reflecting the diverse wants and needs of a wide variety of users and stakeholders.

Minouche Besters from Stipo is an experienced process designer and facilitator of change processes. She works in complex inner-city transformations with methodologies around placemaking, participatory research, tactical urbanism, design thinking and strategic visioning. Based on a recent case in Milan during the covid period, Minouche outlines the unprecedented possibilities of tactical interventions by developing a temporary reality for and by people.

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DRIVE welcomed no fewer than four speakers on Tuesday 25 October for 'Public Space Design'. Discover them all.