STIPO Rotterdam will deliver a special workshop based on the ideas of their popular book “The City at Eye Level”.

DATE: May 24, from 15:00 to 17:30  (during the parallel sessions).  
The workshop is for free and aimed primarily at Master students and the general public.
The maximum number of participants is 40.
You need to register in advance for the workshop, by choosing the appropriate option in the registration form.


PlaceGame by Hans Karssenberg (STIPO)



Saimoto Machiya celebration, Japan. Photo by Birgit Jurgenhake.

Public space quality is the backbone of a sustainable city. The City at Eye Level is a global network for creating great streets, places for people, addressing human scale interaction, placemaking, good plinths (active ground floors) and a people-­centred approach. We share the lessons open source online and in the book The City at Eye Level, developed together with an international network 90 contributors. The Placegame is part of The City at Eye Level – toolbox.



Hammy Machiya, Japan. Photo by Birgit Jurgenhake.


“Placemaking is turning a public space from a place you can’t wait to get through, to one you never want to leave.” Placemaking is an approach that originates from the United States. It is based on the practical research of William H. Whyte and Jane Jacobs, and has been put into practice by Fred Kent and Kathy Madden from Project for Public Spaces ( In the Netherlands PPS has worked together with STIPO on various placegames, which Stipo has further developed for other places in the Nederlands.

Placemaking always begins with the community and the users. Placemaking does not have a determined final image; it begins by doing small interventions (quick wins). Users begin to organise and provoke new ones.


The Mekelpark has been transformed from a road and parkinglots into a campus park in 2009. However the Mekelpark is not yet the place to be at the TU Campus. It needs more vibrancy, functions and more people. During the placegame we inspire you to develop ideas for the use of the Mekelpark. At a Placegame users and initiators have the chance to meet each other and see the park through different eyes, to analyse the components of the square and to develop in teams any dreams and ideas.

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The cube, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo by Jeniffer Heeman.


The placegame begins with an introduction on the City at Eye Level and placemaking by Hans Karssenberg followed by an outdoor workshop-session at the Mekelpark. In this session you’ll be having observations, analysis, interviews and eventually develop new ideas and share them with each other. A placegame provides new energy and insights. Some quick wins may be applied immediately, while others may be planned for the period thereafter. Quicker, lighter, cheaper!

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Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo by Jennifer Heeman.


Duration: 3 fun hours!

Organised by STIPO Rotterdam.


STIPO offers a window to a better citySTIPO as an innovator, developer, knowledge distributor, trainer and project manager. STIPO advises, develops, coaches and supplies trainings. Its operating area consists of combinations of spatial planning and strategy with economic development, culture, welfare, sport, recreation and tourism. The STIPO approach was developed at the Planology Department of the University of Amsterdam and it is the basis for tackling spatial and social problems in innovative and practical ways that are solution driven.

Working with Stipo also means that our vision is inextricably linked to process development and management. The Stipo approach is geared on all fronts to ensuring that results don’t end up being shelved. It is only by integrating content, process and management that we can safeguard real innovation, improvement and production – and this is the ultimate objective.


HANS-ROUNDHans Karssenberg is the founding partner of Stipo, team for urban strategy and development. He advises cities, housing providers, developers and NGOs in the Netherlands and internationally. Hans works on complex urban (re)development and co-creation processes and was project manager for the Rotterdam Plinth Strategy. He took the Plinth Strategy to a next level and co-created the book, the City at Eye Level, who’s second and extended version is just out on the market. Linked-in


SIENNA-ROUNDSiënna Veelders is studying Cultural Heritage at the Reinwardt Academy in Amsterdam. She is specialising in the connections between placemaking and (intangible) heritage and has experience in cities in Asia like Hong Kong and Yangon. As an intern for STIPO she is developing a heritage methodoly for the placemaking approach of the City at Eye Level. Siënna is involved in the new the City at Eye Level website and the upcoming third edition of the the City at Eye Level book. Linked-in




Ijsbrand Heeringa is an Urbanism Master student at TU Delft and treasurer of Polis (the TU Delft platform for Urbanism and Landscape Architecture). He is currently doing an internship at STIPO and will act as facilitator in the workshop.




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