In the first round of the Studio for Unsolicited Architecture, the Lilith Ronner van Hooijdonk bureau teamed up with Studio Moniker to investigate the possibilities of using spatial design to augment the social interaction in public space. To achieve this they devised an installation with bells for Strijp-S in Eindhoven and a foldable plaza in Rotterdam.
The Performative Space project was employed to generate new designs for public space. Social changes have greatly altered the use of public space. It is therefore essential to devise novel uses for this space in order to continuously stimulate social interaction.
The public space is from time immemorial a place where people meet. Trade, discussion or the exchange of information traditionally took place in the coffeehouses and on the town square. This employment of the public space is under pressure. Political utterances on the internet, the commercialisation of outdoor space and the individualisation of society mean that the public sphere is disappearing from public space. There is public space aplenty, but its publicness - as the locus where there is interchange between people and where one encounters people beyond one’s circle of family or friends - is disappearing.
The research into performative space involved searching for a design for the public space that propagates public use. A link was made with the performance art of the 1960s and ’70s, which was typified by political and social incentives, an aspect which has here been translated into a spatial design that re-activates the public space by establishing a performative space. By means of a design that facilitates physical interaction, residents and users are encouraged to participate in public life.
The research was elaborated in two concrete design proposals. With BELLEN (‘BELLS’) for the Strijp-S site in Eindhoven, the team designed a public space that actively engages this redevelopment project’s new residents. Users can make their presence known by sounding the bells and they can create a composition in conjunction with others. The second design proposal is for the events site in the Museumpark in Rotterdam, which is painted with the European flag designed by OMA. KRULLEN (‘CURLS’) brings this flat, static plaza to life, with its transformable components tempting passers-by to roll and fold the plaza as they please and take a seat on its soft strips.
Lilith Ronner van Hooijdonk in association with Luna Maurer and Roel Wouters of Studio Moniker
Download the bid book (PDF, 14MB, in Dutch) of the project.
This project was developed during the Studio for Unsolicited Architecture, supported by the NAI, the Fonds BKVB (the current Mondriaan Fund) and the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.
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Adviseurs devised a model for district development that proceeds from an initial
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