Rapid urbanization and increasing density in cities, worldwide, drive me to explore how we can collectively learn to “live with each other” and use public space as our common meeting ground.


During my final year I collaborated with Cape Town Partnership, a non-for profit organization in South Africa, clarifying their ‘placemaking strategy’ for Woodstock, a neighbourhood currently undergoing gentrification. Placemaking is a growing movement to re-imagine public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness, and well being in order to maximize shared value. Rooted in community-based participation, Placemaking involves the planning, design, management and programming of public spaces.


As a graduated Kasopilot I now aspire to continuously apply my expertise by strategizing to create inclusive urban experiences. I develop clarifying frameworks for the early stages of user involvement in placemaking processes, to help my clients to communicate clearly and navigate complex multi-stakeholder projects with dynamic goals. I do that through designing and facilitating workshops and developing visual templates that serve as clarification all throughout these long-term change efforts.


Professionally, what are the most important things you have learned, as a result of carrying out this project?

During my final year at the Kaospilot I have entered and developed a great sense of understanding of the field of placemaking and participatory planning methodologies. I have practiced my facilitation approach in multi-stakeholder processes. Furthermore I have learned that I am able to navigate in complex systems and how to best make use of my strategic and visual thinking skills – to help groups and organizations to create successful projects and places.


What are the most important things that you have learned, about yourself, as a result of carrying out this project?


On a personal level, I have cultivated a stronger sense of patience when working with long-term processes. I have rooted myself deeper into my values and am able to recognize displacement of marginalized groups in urban space before it happens, and advocate for radical inclusion in design processes.



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