Re-activating public space
Public space is traditionally the place where strangers meet. A place to first look at others from a distance, after which contact is more easily made. With the arrival of social media, there’s little reason for these casual encounters. Debates are held, but no longer in public space. Even more, the aversion to risk in recent design for public space is not surprising.
The research ‘Performative Space’ presents a new idea on the design of public space for interaction. It is inspired by performance art, an art movement from the 1960s and 1970s. The active engagement of the public by this movement is also the starting point for performatve space. A collection of examples of spaces shows how people can actively engage in space. Seeing other people playfully interact, it invites others to join in and work together. These ideas are translated into spatial designs: such as BELLEN, Kom! and Tubes. Two of which are elaborated for sites in Rotterdam and Eindhoven.
The office was founded in 2010 in Rotterdam. We design narrative architecture that tells the story of the assignment at hand. A story with different layers: that of the context, a response to building tradition, the wishes of our client, sustainable applications and technical opportunities. The architecture surprises with imagination. Our work reaches from transformations to public spaces like a Performative Space in Eindhoven, and from building a multi-family house in Amsterdam to researching our practice and writing stories about it.
Partners: Elsbeth Ronner, Lilith van Assem
Employees: Laura Steenbeke (2018), Joppe Douma (2018), Madeleine Mans (2016 - 2018), Paula Cores Barrel (2017), Jimmy Stegeman (2016), Dirk Gonzáles Veugelers (2016), André Cramer (2014), Clémence Boru (2013), Anne de Ruyter (2012)
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