Meet the jury seminar: Design, Participation & Engagements with the Past

We kindly invite you to the Meet the jury seminar: ‘Design, Participation & Engagements with the Past’ to be held on February 25th, 2022 ( on-campus and online).

After the seminar, the public defence of doctoral thesis by Mela Zuljevic will take place, on the topic of: ‘Wayfinding between the Historical Landscape and the Design Space: Uses of the past in participatory design in the context of heritage-development’.

25 februari 2022
11:00 - 17:00
Campus Oude Gevangenis, Aula Louis Roppe, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt
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Topic of the seminar

In situating design and artistic projects in specific contexts, the challenge of engaging with a multiplicity of historical and current perspectives brings forward many important and complex questions. How can design and artistic research engage with the historical context in a participatory way? How can participatory and collaborative methods benefit from a critical look at the past? What is the relevance of interdisciplinarity in such approaches, e.g. what can we learn from critical heritage or urban studies?

The seminar explores these questions and relations between historical and participatory approaches via the following panels:

  • 11h00 - 12h00 - Publics and Institutions:
    Engaging with the past and the historical context in designing for public spaces, institutions and technologies.

    With Maria Engberg (Malmö University) and Per-Anders Hillgren (Malmö University).
    Moderated by Liesbeth Huybrechts (Hasselt University).
  • 13h00 - 14h15 - Landscapes and Heritage:
    Participatory and critical engagements with the past in designing for historical landscapes and built heritage.

    With Greet De Block (Antwerp University), Hilde Heynen (KU Leuven) and Koenraad Van Cleempoel (Hasselt University).
    Moderated by Oswald Devisch (Hasselt University).

Following the seminar, Mela Zuljevic – PhD Candidate of the Hasselt University, Faculty of Architecture and Arts – will present her PhD thesis ‘Wayfinding between the Historical Landscape and the Design Space: Uses of the past in participatory design in the context of heritage-development.'


Greet De Block is an Associate Professor at Antwerp University between the Centre for Urban History (CSG) and the Urban Studies Institute (USI). She is trained as an engineer-architect and urban planner. Her teaching and writing focus on infrastructure as a driving force of urbanization, advancing an interdisciplinary approach linking urbanism with urban history, Science Technology and Society studies (STS), political geography, and landscape studies.

Oswald Devisch is a Full Professor in Urban Design at the Faculty of Architecture and Arts, Hasselt University, Belgium. He is the coordinator of the research cluster Spatial Capacity Building exploring themes such as autonomous transformation processes, collective learning, strategic participation and the gamification of participatory planning.

Maria Engberg is an associate professor in Media Technology at the Faculty of Technology and Society (Malmö University). She is leading the research program Data Society (2019-2023) and is also an affiliate researcher with the Augmented Environments Lab at Georgia Tech. Her research interests include digitalisation of culture, digital humanities, computational media, augmented, mixed & virtual reality, media theory, urban media, and media aesthetics.

Hilde Heynen is a Professor of architectural theory at KU Leuven, Belgium. Her research focuses on issues of modernity, modernism and gender in architecture. She is the author of Architecture and Modernity. A Critique (MIT Press, 1999) and of Sibyl Moholy-Nagy. Architecture, Modernism and its Discontent (Bloomsbury, 2019). She also co-edited the volumes Back from Utopia. The Challenge of the Modern Movement (010, 2001), Negotiating Domesticity. Spatial productions of gender in modern architecture (Routledge, 2005), the Handbook Architectural Theory (Sage, 2012) and Making Home(s) in Displacement (LUP, 2022).

Per-Anders Hillgren is an associate professor in design and social innovation at the School of Art and Communication and coordinates the research network Collaborative Future Making at Malmö University. He has long experience working with a multitude of stakeholders and has been involved in setting up co-design projects with more than 70 companies, NGOs, public institutions and municipal departments. These projects have covered domains such as culture, urban development and health care.

Liesbeth Huybrechts is Associate Professor and works in the areas of participatory design, design anthropology and spatial transformation processes in the research group Arck, University of Hasselt. Her main case study in the past years is the project Noord-Zuid Limburg, a large-scale participatory process on sustainable mobility (infrastructure) transition in Belgium. In general, she has developed a research interest in the "politics'' of participatory design processes which she explores in several research and educational projects.

Koenraad Van Cleempoel studied art history in Leuven, Madrid and London, and received a PhD from the Warburg Institute. He lectures on architectural history with a research interest in the reuse of heritage sites. In 2017, he held the PP Rubens chair at UC Berkeley. Currently, he is working on a research project titled the Iconology of the Palimpsest, dealing with the built-up meanings in the continued lives of buildings.

Date and location:

  • Friday February 25th 2022
  • Meet the jury seminar: 11h00 - 14h15

    • 11h00 - 12h00: Publics and Institutions
    • 13h00 - 14h15: Landscapes and heritage

  • PhD Defense Mela Zuljevic

  • On campus: Campus Oude gevangenis, Aula Louis Roppe, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt
  • Or online via Google Meet


You can register for the Seminar and/or PhD defence via this Google Form.

Please fill in this form to let us know which part of the program you will attend and if you will attend on campus or online.

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