Inclusive urbanism

Creating inclusive urban spaces by Placemaking

kitchen table conversationWednesday 20 November '19

het LAB, ArtEZ Zwolle → Rhijnvis Feithlaan 50, Zwolle(archive)

Host: Mirjam Zegers
English/Dutch spoken
Admission is free, just register below

Are you interested in creating inclusive urban spaces? How can artists contribute to improve public spaces by co-envisioning and co-creating with the neighbourhood residents, entrepreneurs and other local parties? Can we strengthen the connection between people and the places they share? Can we facilitate creative patterns of use of space? How can we, while doing so, pay attention to the physical, cultural and social identities that define a space and its users? Have a seat at the table (with PIZZA and drinks), dive into the interesting world of placemaking and exchange ideas about inclusive urban spaces with Saar van der Spek, Placemaker Anna Dekker, the students of Corpo-real and others.

During this Kitchen Table Conversation we dive into the methodology of Placemaking. Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community.
We kick off with a short Placemaking exercise, led by Saar van der Spek in the vicinity of the LAB. Afterwards, Anna Dekker of Placemakers will introduce you to the methodology of Placemaking. We conclude with a discussion between the Corpo-real students, Anna Dekker, Saar van der Spek and, of course, you!

Saar van der Spek is founder of Ontroerende Zaken and teacher at the bachelors programme International Lifestyle Studies of Fontys Hogeschool. She is interested in the “soft side of cities” and develops visions of the future, programmes and advice on living environments.

Anna Dekker is a team member of Placemakers Amsterdam and co-founder of Studio Lonk. With a background in sociology, urban planning and a MA ‘City Design and Social Science’ (LSE), Anna always reflects on the dialectics between the social and physical organization of cities. As a Placemaker, Anna connects large themes to small scale interventions that combine the expertise of citizens and professionals.

The evening is co-hosted by students of the interior architecture master Corpo-real who use placemaking as a way of conducting site specific research in the neighbourhood of Diezepoort. They aim to provide local stakeholders with the necessary tools to develop their own neighbourhood..

About Kitchen Table Conversations

ArtEZ studium generale invites students and teachers of ArtEZ to participate in the Kitchen Table Conversations. The aim of the Kitchen Table conversations is to exchange ideas about how we as artists and people can live and work with and relate to other people in our society. We reflect for example on the notions of home and belonging. Which stories are related to these notions. What makes a home in- or exclusive? We will also look at the aim for diversity and inclusion within ArtEZ as our educational ‘home’.

The Kitchen Table Conversations is an ongoing platform for reading, sharing, researching. It will bring thoughts, questions, texts, objects, performances, door knobs, voices, encounters, cartographies etc. We welcome everyone who wants to hear new ideas and share their own thoughts.

The Kitchen Table Conversations are organized by the Master Education in Arts, Corpo-real master Interior Architecture, Teacher Department Theatre, Mister Motley online magazine and ArtEZ studium generale. Its base is Zwolle