What do residents want the public space in their street to look like? We put this question to the residents of the three side streets off Gershwinlaan. Since April 2018, we have been using an app (the OppApp) to conduct a dialogue with residents. Creating something together in the public space in this way allows all residents to become involved and ensures everyone’s opinions and ideas are given equal weight.
Planting, meeting, playing
Of course, it emerged during the online dialogue that not everyone has the same idea about what should be in the streets. However, the discussions broadly revealed three key wishes: space for greenery, space to meet each other and space for play. Our designers Joost and Marja then set to work and presented their initial sketches to residents on 22 September 2018. This resulted in some important changes and our designers went back to the drawing board.