ARGUS presents our first event of 2018 – PLAY-PUBLIC, a participatory event with public space practitioners ZUS, ontwerpwerkplaats and boyscout designer.
Our collaborators offer their takes on public space – what makes a space public? How do securitisation and neo-liberalisation affect how space is used? What do waiting and friction contribute to a collective sense of ‘public’? How can public space be understood and created through playful subversion? How can the publicness of space be reclaimed? Following quick presentations on these themes by our speakers, we’ll carry out different actions that embody and investigate the nature of the public space outside Rotterdam Centraal station. We will collectively generate through play an iterative understanding of public space and our roles within it.
This event is free and unticketed. Meet at Delft station to travel together, or meet us at Rotterdam Centraal (details to be follow).
Zones Urbaines Sensibles are a practice of multidisciplinary urbanist and architectural researchers and interveners – ‘co-authors’ and ‘critics’ of projects such as the Rotterdam Test Site. We’re excited to hear their readings of Rotterdam Centraal in relation to their place- and collective-oriented approach, reclaiming ‘the public role of the architect by making social challenges explicit by means of unsolicited architecture and architectural activism’.
The Ontwerpwerkplaats is a partnership between furniture designer Gijs Niemeijer, and architect Floor van Ditzhuyzen. They are joined by regular collaborator and artist Ron Blom Kunst and Media. Along with Studio Bas Sala, they make up the founders of the annual We Love Public Space Festival. Ontwerpwerkplaats’ experience in furniture making and interest in public space has translated into designs for bus shelters, stops, bins and benches. They are interested in the ‘productive interaction between the design of objects and the spaces they inhabit’.
Initiated by Bouke Bruins, Boyscout designer is a project to unite ‘the world of design with the world of the boy scouts by creating playful interventions’. This sensibility for hands-on practice and a humorous attitude to subverting the effects of the ‘(over-)shaping of public space’ has shaped public space projects that are active, effective and responsible.