Public Defence Doctoral Thesis: Teresa Palmieri

We would like to invite you to the public defence doctoral thesis of Teresa Palmieri: 'Prototyping Residential Subdivisions: A participatory prototyping approach for developing capacities for sustainable futures in suburban dwelling contexts'.

Prior to the defence you're welcome for the Seminar: Meet the jury.

18 februari 2022
15:00 - 17:00
Oude gevangenis, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt
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Prior to the defence you're welcome for the Seminar Meet the jury: 'Designing with Competent Communities across scales: Participatory design contributions to mobilizing communities in sustainable urban renewal'.


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Seminar: Meet the jury

Designing with Competent Communities across scales: Participatory design contributions to mobilizing communities in sustainable urban renewal.  

Supporting sustainable transitions for our cities, towns and villages is a complex issue which requires change across scales, of the individual and collective, bottom-up and top-down practises which contribute to shaping our urban futures. The seminar investigates the contribution of participatory design research and practice to mobilize diverse communities in sustainable urban renewal. How can participatory design processes and projects support communities which involve diverse groups of actors to develop their capacities to engage in sustainable urban transitions across scales? The question will be confronted via a series of contributions from designers and researchers in the field of participatory design.


Thomas Binder [Design School Kolding, Denmark] – is currently a Professor in Design and Sustainability at the Lab for Planet at the Design School Kolding and has previously been part of the co-design research center CODE at the Royal Danish Academy – Architecture, Design, Conservation in Copenhagen. His research includes contributions to methods and tools for experimental design (including participatory prototyping) with a strong focus on Participatory Design and Design Anthropology.

Oswald Devisch [UHasselt] – Oswald Devisch is full Professor in Urban Design at the Faculty of Architecture and Arts, Hasselt University, Belgium. He is 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.

Liesbeth Huybrechts [Hasselt University] – 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 processes on a 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.

Thomas Lommée [Intrastructures, OS_studio] – is a designer and co-owner of the Brussels-based Intrastrucures and OS_studio design which explore durable and democratic forms of design and develop product, service and system design as tools for change. He has developed OpenStructures, a construction model that links modularity to open collaboration. He is the studio leader of The Morning Studio at Design Academy Eindhoven.

Caroline Newton [TU Delft, KU Leuven] – is an associate professor at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft and visiting professor at the Faculty of Architecture of the KU Leuven. Her research and work focus on the socio spatial dimensions of design and critical spatial practice with interest in the interrelationship between social processes and the built environment.

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