Mensen die op zoek zijn naar inspiratie lopen een rondje, zoeken op internet of gaan op vakantie. Bedrijven die over de koers van hun organisatie nadenken huren voor een dag een inspirerende ruimte buiten hun kantoor. Dat helpt hen tot nieuwe invalshoeken te komen. En wat doen mensen met een creatief beroep als ze creatief willen zijn? Die gaan naar hun werkplek. Elke dag opnieuw.

Een visie die mensen echt in beweging brengt, komt niet uit de koker van één visionair. Binnen organisaties, gemeenschappen of in gebiedsontwikkeling zijn visie en co-creatie onlosmakelijk met elkaar verbonden. Want om een visie tot werkelijkheid te kunnen brengen, moet het een gedeeld verhaal zijn waar mensen zich eigenaar van voelen. Met fotograaf Rufus de Vries experimenteren we hoe je beslissers en gebruikers letterlijk onderdeel kunt laten zijn van dit toekomstbeeld.

A glass artwork made by members of the congregation, a liturgical centre conceived together with a workgroup, the open gathering place that was a clear priority for the community during discussions about possible design variations: knowing the story behind the renovation of the church building De Vaste Burcht in Gouda, you can see the engagement of the community in the result. Over the course of the project, this involvement ranged from informing and voting to designing and demolishing together. The renovation of the Vaste Burcht illustrates that co-creation is a carefully weighed combination of different forms of participation. To design with users, you also must be able to design for them and vice versa. (more…)

Zoning requirements demand ‘participation’ when developing an area. But how can this demand be upgraded from ‘standard requirement’ to ‘meaningful contribution’? Hanneke and Pieter wrote this article at the invitation of Area and spatial development are […]

A social print and copy shop in the Buitenhof district in Delft: Kopie Koffie (Copy Coffee). Professional printing services, good coffee, and a social function for the neighbourhood. Layout, décor and ambiance had to contribute to the social enterprise. The operations, house-style and spatial interventions were treated as inter-connected elements: a design process for social impact. (more…)

For planners, the word ‘polder’ is synonymous with wonderfully empty spaces to realise spatial development ambitions. In addition to the potential for urban growth, or even building in the pasture, the country represents valuable space for recreation and food production. Recently water management and the energy transition have been added to these resources. Is the countryside then valued enough in its own right, or merely viewed as a ‘rural problem’ to be solved by urban interests? In the Nijbroek Polder we set out with locals and experts to chart the intrinsic qualities of this area; which challenges present themselves and which opportunities do they offer for the future of this part of the countryside? (more…)

Social participation is no longer a new concept. But there is still no answer to the question of how to create more space for informal care in the home environment. Or, more specifically, how to create a […]

For the annual Reinhold Schmaeling conference in Riga, Latvia, Open Kaart was asked to share a story about empowerment and co-creation in urban development, stemming from our experiences in Rotterdam