Hans Karssenberg and Jeroen Laven, public developers and both partners of STIPO, introduce the term The City at Eye Level and hack a path for the rest of the contributors off the book.

A plinth is the ground floor of a building. It is a building’s most crucial part for the city at eye level. The last few years, Stipo has worked on all kinds of plinth strategies: from the CityLounge programme in Rotterdam’s inner city to the transformation of Amsterdam’s ugliest street into a welcoming street; from fashion in Arhnhem’s Klarendal to better plinths in reneration and residential areas.

“After decades of functionalism, perhaps now a correction is necessary: more attention on the urban experience, or urban warmth as we call it from an urban psychological point of view.”

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P1020309 Parijs goede plinten terras
Paris, a vibrant plinth


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