31 August 2021 News

Public space where everyone is welcome

What does public space look like in a city where residents feel healthy and happy? A space where everyone is welcome, contributes to safety and health, and stimulates interaction and encounters between different people. Sweco has challenged Rombout Frieling, Studio 1:1, and Olifantenpad CS to design a new appearance for public space. Curious about their preliminary concepts? Then read on!
BODYSCAPE - Rombout Frieling
BODYSCAPE – Rombout Frieling

Rombout Frieling
Designer Rombout Frieling develops unconventional constructions to rest, work and even have meetings outside. For this What if Lab, he introduced BODYSCAPE, a landscape intervention that cleverly interacts with the elements and invites people to be outside more often.

Studio 1:1
Studio 1:1

Studio 1:1 noted that, due to increasing heat stress and flooding, there will be a growing need for shade and shelter in the public space of the future. They developed a special ‘catalogue of green and social applications’ that makes it easy to design in a location-specific way. For example, you can change the space under and around a viaduct into a place for sports, social encounters, and connections.

Olifantenpad CS
Olifantenpad CS

Olifantenpad CS experiments with an innovative design process in which the resident is at the helm, not the designer. Using a well-stocked digital toolbox, residents design their own square in Virtual Reality. The final designs are tested with neurofeedback and interviews. The results will then provide insight into the best square for all groups of users.

The final concepts of this What if Lab in collaboration with Sweco can be seen from 16 to 24 October at Dutch Design Week 2021! Will we see you there?