The inclusive city space

Can we make the design process of today and of the future more inclusive in order to respond to the needs of actual residents? And if so, how? In cooperation with Open Kaart, municipality of Dordrecht and province of Zuid-Holland we investigated this in the De Staart neighbourhood in Dordrecht. Read all about it in this study, made possible by the Creative Industries Fund NL.

As geodata that represents public space becomes more accessible, the data scan becomes an increasingly important tool in the design process of urban planners. However, the use of data means that design plans are more often based on the needs of a fictitious 'average' resident. We therefore investigated how perception, space, policy and data come together in the design of public space in the de Staart district. The layered reading of the neighbourhood has brought together various perspectives and tasks from a common interest: to create a pleasant, safe outdoor space that provides access to a healthy lifestyle. We expect that applying inclusive design methods will improve the use of public space on the Staart.