An interview with professor David Canter, architectural psychologist and founder of Investigative Psychology.
An interview with Amira Badran, an architect/ urban planner, and placemaker.
An interview with Rony Al Jalkh, a placemaking activist and practitioner in Beirut. In the diverse Lebanon capital, Beirut, he is joining efforts to promote and establish peacemaking through bringing people together for placemaking. In cooperation with the American University of Beirut, a project within the student’s course, brought together students, instructors, municipality leaders, civil society organizations and members from the private sector in order to raise awareness, mobilize community, and increase public space provision for peacemaking.
CASE STUDY: Mariahilfer Strasse, Vienna, Austria
Jeroen Laven (STIPO), Gert Jan te Velde (Vanschagen architekten) and Paul Elleswijk (Havensteder), write in Take Action #2 about the transformation of ZOHO, the Zomerhofkwartier in Rotterdam. They explain how they’ve used slow urbanism in this former industrial/business area and the use of local key-players like Roodkapje, Hostel de Mafkees and Restaurant Gare du Nord. Since this is a continuance development, follow their Facebook page for more news and recent developments!
An article by Samar Héchaimé, a user experience strategist, planner, brand strategist, designer, ethnographer and wayfinder, and she has worked and lived in the USA, China, across Europe and the Middle East.
An article written by Adriaan Geuze, one of the founders and partner of West 8 urban design & landscape architecture and professor in Architecture and Urban Design.
CASE STUDY: Neukölln, Berlin, Germany
An interview with Stefanie Raab architect and owner of Coopolis. In this case study Raab will tell you something about Neukölln, a district of West Berlin. West Berlin was during the Cold War desolated, but came attractive for residents when the government offered men the opportunity to move there if they wanted to avoid enlisting in the army. But when the wall fell the number of inhabitants didn’t grow and the neighborhood was filled with empty space. Raab lives in the northern part of Neukölln and saw the potential of the empty ground floor shops. But a challenge was to convince local entrepreneurs to invest in the poor neighborhood. By explaining it’s solutions and secrets the reader gets insight in the improvement of Neukölln through a course of time.
“In our shop vacancy projects, we are committed to new forms of cooperation between owners and space seekers to develop the site as needed for a stabile and sustainable future.”
“Lese Cafe” in the Nogatstraße 30, Neukölln, Berlin by Stefanie Raab (2009)
“Kaffeebar” in the Siegfriedstraße, Neukölln, Berlin by Stefanie Raab (2012)
Cover image: “Weinladen & Weinseminare” in the Jonasstraße, Neukölln, Berlin by Stefanie Raab (2012)
CASE STUDY: Het eilandje, Antwerp, Belgium
An interview with Filip Smits, program manager at the City of Antwerp Urban Planning Department. In this case study Smits will tell you something about ‘The little island’, or how the Belgiums call it: Het eilandje. Het eilandje dates back to the 16th century. It’s an island of 170-hectare and plays a role in Antwerp as one of its neighbourhoods. Smits will explain it’s course of time and their challenges, like the owners of the island: the harbour authority, which had a different vision for the area. In addition, the project area contained historical buildings in need of preservation, demanding more recent and modern adjustments. By explaining it’s solutions and secrets the reader gets insight in the improvement of Het eilandje through a course of time.
“The revival of this neighborhood is like wine, it’s getting better over the years.”
Het Eilandje, Antwerp, Belgium ©Mathieu LePhun
CASE STUDY: Distillery District, Toronto, Canada
An interview with Willie Macrae urban planner in the Community Planning Division at the City of Toronto Downtown Section. In this case study Macrae will tell you something about the Distillery District, a former Gooderham & Worths distillery near the Lake Ontario waterfrond in Toronto. He will explain it’s course of time and their challenges, like property preserving the ground floor of the historic buildings with monumental status. If they wanted a successful ground floor it meant they had to keep it active, safe, and pleasant all day and into the evening. By placing a mix of uses centred around arts and entertainment venues (theatres, restaurants, cafes, and bars) ensured day-long, night-long, and year-round use in the district. By explaining it’s solutions and secrets the reader gets insight in the improvement of the Distillery District through a course of time.
“We showed developers that you can preserve heritage buildings—and do it well!”