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The City at Eye Level is initiated by STIPO. The City at Eye Level is a network with a core team working on this team to create better cities. Meet our team and check out their Linkedin for more background information.

Urban sociologist & advisor at STIPO
Charlot Schans is an urban sociologist and anthropologist by training. She is fascinated by processes that enhance collaborative city-making, cross-cutting barriers between disciplinary silos and public and private domains. As advisor at STIPO she translates this vision into long term projects in the field of area and real estate development, placemaking and urban regeneration, co-creating better cities and places with innovative partners and professional friends. Charlot is co-director of Placemaking Europe, project leader for Placemaking Week Europe, co-editor of The City at Eye Level Asia and start-up team member for PlacemakingX, the global network to accelerate the impact of placemaking.
Partner at STIPO
Hans Karssenberg is founding partner of STIPO. With many other partners, he has helped to build the international programmes The City at Eye Level, Placemaking Europe and Placemakers Asia. Key words are human scale area development, community building, co-creating streets and places for people, place management and place-led development, and connecting top-down long term strategies with short term bottom-up initiatives. Hans works as strategic advisor, senior project manager, public developer, placemaker, trainer and lecturer. He works with and for governments, private sector as well as civic initiatives and international networks.
Urbanist and associate at STIPO
Mattijs van ‘t Hoff is an urbanist, graduated at the Delft University of Technology. He has worked for the city development department of the City of Rotterdam on various projects in urban design and transformation. Since 2013 he works as an urban designer and researcher, independent and in cooperation with Stipo team for urban strategy. In addition he is a visiting lecturer in urbanism at Delft University of Technology.
Olga Sowa
Urban geography & Advisor
Advisor at STIPO
Thomas is an advisor at STIPO. He recently made the switch from the advertising branch to urban development. In the 15 years as an advertising creative, he learned all about how to creatively tie a community to a brand. With that experience, it is now time to tie a community to a building, neighborhood or city. Another important reason for making this move was his experience as chairman of Stichting Stadsboeren. He experienced up close how a small change in the neighborhood can create a huge change for the neighbors. And as a nice side effect, he enjoyed teaching people more about green. Where he always had to create ideas in small teams, it is now his ambition to co-create. Translating the wishes and ideas of the various stakeholders with a lot of energy, attention and listening into a plan that is supported by everyone, but also innovative and creative.
Partner at STIPO
Minouche Besters is partner and urbanist at STIPO. She is a strategic advisor to municipalities on inner city transformation, participatory design processes and urban transitions, like the current energy transition. Minouche co-curating the new Cities for All / Everybody feels at Home publication.
Urban psychologist & associate at STIPO
STIPO Athens & associate
Vivian is an urban planner and geographer, inspired by and appreciating the value of culture and creativity in our daily life. By mixing aspects and tools of placemaking, participatory planning and socio-cultural management, my heart finds its place in the field of creative placemaking, where arts and creativity are the means to engage and activate communities, and bring out the sense of place in co-creation. As assiciate Vivian is active as Project Leader for The City at Eye Level for Kids and Board Member for Placemaking Europe.