The City at Eye Level
Public space quality is the backbone of a sustainable city. Great streets, places where you intuitively want to stay longer, human scale interaction between buildings and streets, ownership by users, placemaking and good plinths (active ground floors) and a people-centred approach based on the user’s experience – that is what The City at Eye Level is all about.
We help cities develop these places, in collaborative networks throughout the world. In partnership with co-authors in our network, we have collected articles and cases about the street at eye level, with topics such as the history of the plinth, street-level experience as a cyclist, the rise of cities hit hard by the recession, the strength of markets and many international examples of successful and progressive projects. But in both editions of The City at Eye Level, there are only articles written about the experience of adults in the street and in a place, seen from an adult perspective.
Ticket Registration for Placemaking Week Amsterdam is now open!
This Spring we will host our third City at Eye Level Training! Are you a student, alumni or a zealous nut and would you like to join, but is the ticket almost all you earn in a month? We have five scholarships available for the masterclass: €200 (ex. BTW and registration fee). Quick check our conditions and apply!
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!
Ostiense and Laurentino 38, Rome, Italy
January 23 & 24, 2017
Stipo and Vanschagen Architecten, in collaboration with Roma Tre University, ATER, Comune di Roma and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands invites you to participate in a two-day City at Eye Level workshop in Ostiense and Laurentino 38.
Sign up now! Please contact Jeroen Laven.
Hans Karssenberg, public developer and partner of STIPO, writes in Take Action #1 about several actions people could take for improving the street. He explains the concept of a place- and plinth game. Transforming a street, a district, an inner city, or creating a new district with a great city at eye level takes years and usually involves incremental steps forward. Nevertheless, it’s easy to make a quick start and create the first quick-wins soon. One of the first steps is to involve the community from the beginning: developers, owners, entrepreneurs, citizens, local government experts, new initiators and zealous nuts.
“Understanding the city at eye level starts with what we see and feel. It is, first of all, intuitive. It is also something that must be actively worked on. Plinth strategy is much more than just filling an empty space. It’s about developing a strategy that is based on co-creation, flexibility, creativity, placemaking, and basic urban design principles.”
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Stockholm at Eye Level: Dalagatan in Stockholm Center, Sweden by The City at Eye Level (STIPO)