Public Space: Connecting communities through urban design

Houthaven Park. Photo via

Houthaven Park. Photo via

During this first event of the new series Public Space we will focus on the ways public spaces connect the physical and social layers of the city. Not only will we talk about the role of urban design in connecting the physical neighbourhoods in the city, social interventions in the public space that connect communities will also be discussed. In addition to this some examples from European cities will take the stage to discuss their projects.

With a.o. ECF Idea Camp participant and R&D grantee Steve Threlfall, Urban WorkBench, co-founder of We Make Places CIC. 

This event is in English and entrance is free.

Steve Threlfall's project, The Urban WorkBench, is about changing the delivery mechanism for physical regeneration is vital in fostering long term resilience in communities. It will be a hub for communities looking to do repairs and self build projects. Citizens will learn building skills and lost crafts and assist one another in taking control of building their neighbourhoods. Watch Steve tell about the Urban WorkBench in this 1-minute video:

In this series, Public Space, organised by Pakhuis de Zwijger in collaboration with Architectuurcentrum Amsterdam and ECF, we take a closer look at the public space. The simple way to describe the public space is an open space that is accessible to people. However, the way public spaces are designed and function within a city is less straightforward. During three meet-ups on 6, 15 and 22 June 2016, we will discuss current themes and questions surrounding public spaces. What role does public space have in connecting communities? How can we make a climate adaptive public space? How can the public keep control over spaces that are becoming more privatised