DeSIRE Design Workshop on Resilient Leftover Spaces

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Date: June 21, 2022, 9:30-17:30

Location: Stadskasteel Oudaen, Utrecht

The workshop addressed urban environmental issues and public space quality through a set of four design instruments aiding the transformation of leftover spaces into resilient urban landscapes.

Held on June 21, 2022, the workshop brought together students, young designers, and young professionals from different disciplines, as well as stakeholders, including municipal representatives, to develop design solutions that transform leftover spaces into resilient urban spaces. The design instruments, previously developed at TU Delft, supported the participants to develop social-ecologically integrated spatial interventions.

Why are leftover spaces important for urban resilience?

The current pace of land resource depletion is increasing across the world due to unsustainable land-use practices, inadequate urban planning, and haphazard development projects. Leftover spaces, defined by many equivalent terms, such as Lost Space, Residual Space, Junk Space, Abandoned Space, Informal Space, etc., are essential as latent opportunities for change. Due to the lack of awareness of the socio-ecological potential of the leftover spaces in the context of urban design and development, many opportunities are overlooked and undervalued. Depending on former and current usage, specific context, location, and exposure of each leftover space potential for redevelopment may be different. Recognising these largely untapped, in this workshop, we are planning to evaluate resilience design strategies for leftover spaces with a set of design instruments the Dutch context.

About the workshop

The workshop was meant to test, refine, and demonstrate the use of four spatial design instruments targeting social-ecological resilience previously developed by dr. Claudiu Forgaci at TU Delft (Forgaci, 2018) in the specific context of leftover spaces, based on the research of dr. Maryam Naghibi (2022).

Workshop conducted by

Maryam Naghibi, DeSIRE Resilience Fellow, 4TU.DeSIRE-program

Claudiu Forgaci, DeSIRE Tenure Tracker, Assistant Professor, Department of Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology