Floor van Ditzhuyzen is an architect and co-founder of the Ontwerpwerkplaats, an interdisciplinary spatial designstudio based in Rotterdam. The studio operates on the treshold of interior design, small-scale architecture and public space. Leading in the work of the Ontwerpwerkplaats is the human scale, in both interior and exterior design.
Besides her practice as an architect Floor is engaged in teaching and research, with public space as central focus. She is also known as the Public Space Detective, on ongoing research project into common and uncommon phenomena in public space. Within the team of the We Love Public Space Festival she is responsible for research and content development.
Martine Verwaaijen is passionate about how urban design impacts our lives. While studying at King’s College London, Martine discovered her passion for urban design and how it’s linked to people’s behaviour. For her thesis she conducted qualitative research on how urban design influenced physical activity behaviour. During this research, the work of Jan Gehl became an inspiration. She’s looking into continuing her thesis research in Rotterdam.
Martine is currently working as a Quality Assurance Officer at Willem de Kooning Academy. Prior to that she organised festivals and events in the Rotterdam arts & culture sector.
Sander works as an urban psychologist in the field of urban development, among others for Stipo and Stichting Thuismakers Collectief. As an urban psychologist he does research on the relation between human behaviour and the build urban environment. Recurring themes in his work are the transition between private and public space (the stoop), feeling at home (why do people feel at home?), communities and social networks. He works mainly for housing corporations, municipalities and developers to create places where people feel pleasant, experience a sense of ownership and maybe even feel at home.
Ik ben stadsmaker in meest brede zin van het woord.
Ik houd van mooie gebouwen, mooie plekken maar ik houd vooral van de wijze waarop mensen hun stad maken.
Wat doen ze; wat beweegt hen; hoe grijpen ze in om hun omgeving echt hún omgeving te maken.
Mijn ambitie in mijn werk is om die menselijke maat te brengen in al die grote lijnen, grote projecten en groot geld.
Met humor, slimheid, kennis van zaken. En door zo veel mogelijk te luisteren.
Annemieke Fontein is a landscape architect and the head of landscape architecture at the Municipality of Rotterdam. Her work is transformative, powerful and it has a strong impact on the feel and the identity of the city.
Some of the projects she worked on include the transformation of Zuiderpark and the development of de ‘Rotterdamse Stijl’. Lately, she has been working with a large team on the greening and attractiveness of the waterways in Rotterdam and since 2008, she is stimulating urban farming in and around the city.
Saskia Naafs is a journalist and urban sociologist. She lives in Rotterdam and writes about urban development, housing, smart cities and technology for weekly De Groene Amsterdammer.